Recently new EU regulations came into effect requiring average or less than average Czech pubs to clean up their act - in terms of hygiene that is. No longer allowed are simple bathrooms in pubs with only cold-running tap water, and what until now was a sad excuse for a towel to wipe one's hands in, hanging from a rusty nail. And of course the new regulations don't stop there: they also stipulate stricter handling of food and rules for food preparation, which most, I believe, will greet as a welcomed and necessary improvement. I don't know, perhaps
Czechs are a nation of beer-lovers, and rare is the street which doesn't boast at least one pub. These vary enormously - on one end of the scale the swanky, upmarket bars that cater for tourists and the more discerning locals, and on the other, the traditional, old-fashioned Czech boozer. But that second variety - the simple Czech pub - could be under threat, as new, strict hygiene rules come into force. Rob Cameron has this report.