This book details the history surrounding the many drinking houses that have existed in Ludlow over the years, not just those that remain in existence today. It is full of stories of buildings, landlords, customers, beers, ghosts, a beer-drinking Jackdaw that gurgled back his ale, brewing, mulling and activities arranged by inns.
The first two chapters set the scene, detailing changes in licensing hours and laws over the centruies, the history of local breweries and attitudes to drink. The town is then split up into sections and the book adopts the form of a walking tour discussing the pubs that have existed on the selected route. The final two chapters describe hostelries in the surrounding villages.