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Grandparents Have Visited More Than 300 Wetherspoon Pubs

Claire Reid

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Grandparents Have Visited More Than 300 Wetherspoon Pubs

Featured Image Credit: Yorkshire Live

A couple have travelled around the UK visiting 317 different Wetherspoon pubs

Grandparents Phil and Julie Fox have made it their mission to go to as many pubs and bars as possible and go on weekends away where they can visit up to five Wetherspoon pubs in a trip. 

Phil, 74, first visited a Wetherspoon pub in 2004 and was seemingly so impressed that he and his missus have gone on to drink at 316 more. 

He said a love of geography and beer mean that his hobby is ideal for him and the couple enjoy the low prices at the pub chain.

Credit: YorkshireLive/MEN
Credit: YorkshireLive/MEN

 

Phil, from West Yorkshire told YorkshireLive: "I have visited 317 now (out of a total of 925). Julie has done them all with me.

"We have done a lot in West Yorkshire and I'm just about to do three more in Leeds, in Crossgates, Headingley and another by the Leeds Arena called Stick or Twist.

"I visited my first one in 2004 in Richmond in North Yorkshire.”

 The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in Cumbria. Credit: Alamy
The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in Cumbria. Credit: Alamy

As you can imagine, the Spoons connoisseur has got his favourites and he’s also visited a few he’s in absolutely no rush to go back to. 

His favourite is The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, which is set inside a former courthouse in Keswick in Cumbria. 

He said: "You can sit in the dock, the cells or where the magistrate used to sit. It's my favourite Wetherspoons.”

He and Julie also rated The Imperial and The Admiral Collingwood, in Devon.

The orangery at The Imperial in Devon. Credit: Alamy
The orangery at The Imperial in Devon. Credit: Alamy

But on the other side of the coin, Phil has also visited a couple of rougher Wetherspoon pubs, including one in Rochdale. 

"We had to shout over women using the 'F' word,” he explained. “We sat right at the back."

Despite the odd bad experience, overall Phil and Julie love their hobby and plan on visiting many more boozers in 2022. 

He said: "When we go anywhere they love the fact that seven or eight of us, including grandchildren, can eat for less than £50.

"I know it's not fine dining but in Spoons, the young grandchildren can spill a drink or drop food accidentally and you don't get disapproving looks."

Topics: UK News, Food And Drink

Claire Reid
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