David Myers and Simon “Si” King collectively known as the Hairy Bikers first rode onto our screens in 2004 and they have grown in popularity ever since.  Their no frills, down to earth approach to food and cooking seems to have universal appeal and is no doubt integral to their popularity.

From The Hairy Bikers Cook Book to The Hairy Bikers Mums Know Best, this Northern duo has headed countless hit television series. Now Dave and Si have hung up their aprons for a while and instead of cooking up classic mealtime delights they are making a documentary about the Carlisle state management scheme, which existed from 1916 until 1973, which saw the Government take over the brewing and sale of alcoholic drinks.   As part of the series they were interested in how the pub state management scheme influenced pub grub and so came my involvement as a food historian.

I was delighted to be asked by the BBC to shed light on Edwardian pub food and to cook up some historic pub grub for Dave and Si to sample.  The long drive from West Wales to Carlisle for the filming was well worth while as The Hairy Bikers were every bit as lovely as they appear on television.    I cannot divulge too much about the series and the filming, but I am really looking forward to watching the series when it airs and am delighted that I could play a small part in the making of it.

Whilst awaiting the broadcasting of The Hairy Bikers, ‘ The Pubs that Built Britain’, you can see me in my 1940’s attire on Monday 11th May at 19.30 on BBC 1 South when I talk about WWII rations in a programme called,  First Days Of Peace – Ration Book Britain.

Well until next week I bid you a fond farewell from West Wales.



About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,