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27-09-2012, 10:53
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A few years ago, there was a warm and poignant documentary on Channel 4 talking to customers of various pubs around the country called the Red Lion (http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2009/oct/16/red-lion-tv-review). This was one of the best TV programmes I have ever seen on the general subject of pubs and beer.
Now, the Daily Mail reports that Cathy Price from Preston has decided to undertake a mammoth pub crawl (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208876/The-longest-pub-crawl-Britain-Mother-treks-7-000-miles-visit-200-pubs--called-Red-Lion.html) around all 724 pubs in the country bearing that name. So far she has managed 223, and thus has 501 to go.
It helps, of course, that Ms Price is a glamorous 53-year-old personal trainer, and the Mail manages to show pictures of her posing outside no less than 18 different Red Lions in a variety of figure-hugging outfits – plus a trademark pair of shades. Not that I’m complaining, though, and when she comes to the Red Lion in Cheadle just down the road from me I’ll happily buy her a drink.
But you can’t help thinking this would not have been such a prominent story had it featured a tubby 53-year-old bloke with a beard. And, for marathon pub crawls, this one is hard to beat (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/dedication-to-drinking.html).
Another interesting point is that the pub where the caption is “‘A bit rough’: Cathy will always stay for a photo, even if she doesn’t want to linger” is Wetherspoon’s Red Lion in Ripley, Derbyshire, although I have no idea whether that particular one actually is rough.

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