Study Reveals The Brits Are At Their Happiest In The Pub

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Study Reveals The Brits Are At Their Happiest In The Pub

In news that will likely come as absolutely no surprise at all to any British person who has ever stepped foot in a pub (aka every British person ever), a new study has revealed that us Brits are at our happiest when we're in the boozer.

A poll of 2,000 people found that over a quarter of people were most content when sat in their local, supping a cold pint and catching up with mates.


The survey was conducted by St Austell Brewery's Tribute Cornish pale ale to celebrate Cask Ale Week, which runs until 1 October.

St Austell Brewery CEO James Staughton said, "Pubs in Britain have a long and interesting history, with some having stood for centuries, serving all kinds of people - from the richest to the poorest.

"And the fact that more people say they're happier in the pub than in a park, while driving or even while shopping just goes to prove how much we love popping out for a pint.


Arnie loves a few cold ones with the LADS. Credit: PA

"We wanted to find out not only how many Brits say they feel happiest in the pub, but some of the reasons why."

A third of Brits surveyed also admitted they laugh most in the pub; twice as many as those who have a giggle at work or even at a mate's house.

Pubs were ranked the most popular places to catch up with friends, outranking restaurants, gyms and cafes.


One in five Britons said they're so familiar with their local watering hole that they're on first name terms with the staff.

And, four in ten even admitted they'll make a special trip to visit a pub that serves their favourite beer.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, lager was revealed to be the most popular tipple with a pint of cask ale coming a close second.

Here are Britain's top 10 reasons for going to the pub as listed by St Austell Brewery:

1. Catching up with friends

2. The atmosphere


3. The opportunity to have a few drinks

4. Laughing with friends

5. The food

6. Somewhere I can drink real ale

7. It's close to home

8. Having a romantic night with partner

9. Playing pool

10. Playing fruit/quiz machines

Credit: PA

Roger Protz, editor of the latest Good Beer Guide, said: "The British pub is unique and it has a character and atmosphere that could never be replaced.

"It's reassuring that people still recognise that there is no better place for people to meet, enjoy a beer, strike up a conversation, meet new friends and put the world to rights.

"Pubs are not only the heart of the community, but they are an institution and synonymous with British culture and it's vital that we continue to support them."

I'll drink to that.

Featured Image Credit: Fox/The Simpsons

Topics: Pubs, Beer, Britain

Mark McGowan
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