Hospitality

Alehouse

The Alehouse tends to cater (mainly) for the poorer members of society, with cheap food, drinks and accommodation. Most alehouse customers are locals coming in drink the local ale and, perhaps, have a simple meal. However, many ale-houses are found in country villages where they make a warm and dry stopping place for travellers. Many country Alehouses style themselves as Hostels.

Accommodation - For a small fee, customers are allowed to sleep on the floor of the Alehouse. Generally a blanket and a very thin mattress are available for patrons, but they probably haven’t been washed recently, and there may not be enough to go around.

Drinks - You will probably only find Tea, Grog, Ales, Hooch and Blue Jack for sale in most Alehouses.

Food – there will generally be a limited choice of simple food - such as Pease Pudding, Mashed Roots and Stewed Cabbage available. However, if you bring some game meat into a country hostel with you, the cook is normally happy to add it to the meal. Generally there are only one or two dishes available rather than a full menu.

Tavern

Generally only found in towns and cities Taverns cater for wide range of the people, although most of their clients are of a middle income. Most of their customers come to eat, although most have a bunk room for travellers and normal bar facilities as well.

Accommodation – Most Taverns have a bunk room attached and for a small fee you can stay the night. You get a narrow bunk in a communal room, a basic mattress and a couple of blankets. It isn’t as noisy or as uncomfortable as staying in an alehouse / hostel - but it isn’t particularly comfortable either.

Drinks - Most local drinks - including Strong beers, stouts, Cider, local wine and local spirits will be available in Taverns although it is unlikely they will have grog or imported drinks.

Food – good everyday cooking made with the ingredients to hand. Most taverns have a good choice of dishes available and present diners with a menu.

Inn

Top of the range accommodation (in my Kingmaker game) inns are generally found in towns and cities where there are enough people with money to justify visiting. Prices are generally higher than in Taverns but inn provide a bigger range of facilities.

Accommodation – as well as tavern style bunk room accommodation, Inns have private rooms. This could range from a small room with that can sleep four people in bunks through to twin and double bedded rooms. In the rooms, mattresses are thick enough to be comfortable, the blankets are clean and you may well get a sheet as well. Some Inns, normally really expensive ones in cities, call themselves Hotels and may even have suites available.

Drinks – Many inns have imported beers, ales wines and spirits. They certainly don’t sell grog, and local drinks are limited.

Food – The menu will hold a good selection of good food – from everyday favourites through to chef’s specials and gourmet dishes. You can order just about anything – right the way up to banquet quality – but you will have to pre-order for anything not offered on the menu.

House of Ill Repute

Probably the least classy, but most expensive part of the hospitality business. There will always be a game of chance going on, and there will always be ‘companionship’ available to those who can pay for it. That said, there will always be food and drink available too. Houses of Ill Repute are often seen as undesirable and may even be illegal in some areas.

Accommodation – is normally available, although it is expensive. The price depends on the amount of ‘companionship’ that you choose. Breakfast may (or may not) be provided.

Drinks – a wide variety of drinks will be available in whatever quantity you choose, from your personal server – although it will be expensive. . If you drink enough that you pass out you will be allowed to sleep where you fall – so long as you don’t mess yourself.

Food – small portions often of desserts and sweet meats are available, for a price. This type of establishment isn’t really recommended for a quiet meal out.

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