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27-03-2017, 12:26
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Various items of pub-related news pop up on Twitter, and one thing that has struck me is how often pubs are described as “popular”. Take these random examples:
Popular pub added to Campaign For Real Ale’s list of historic drinking places (http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/15183930.Popular_pub_added_to_list_of_historic_dri nking_places/)
The owners of a popular West Kirby pub have called time on plans to sell the building (http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15168022.Owners_of_West_Kirby_pub_call_time_on_pla n_to_sell/)
Regulars left high and dry as popular pub The Ship in Leigh shuts with just a Facebook post for warning (http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/15139871.Regulars_left_high_and_dry_as_popular_pub _shuts_with_just_a_Facebook_post_for_warning/)
A popular pub in a Hampshire town has closed - and looks set to stay shut for several months (http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15078088.Another_popular_Hampshire_pub_closes_for_ at_least_four_months/)
Traders' shock as popular Abbey Hulton pub closes suddenly (http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/community-says-farewell-to-last-remaining-abbey-hulton-pub-the-sneyd-arms/story-30082414-detail/story.html)
Upset as popular Whitchurch pub closes and is put up for sale (http://www.shropshirestar.com/shropshire-business/2017/02/16/upset-as-popular-whitchurch-pub-closes-and-is-put-up-for-sale/)
Popular Leeds pub to close (http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/popular-leeds-pub-to-close-1-8391777)
Popular Blue Bell pub in Cottingham closes suddenly (http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/popular-blue-bell-pub-in-cottingham-closes-suddenly/story-30027814-detail/story.html)
It just comes across as a lazy journalistic cliché that rarely conveys any meaningful information. And, in some cases, obviously the pubs can’t have been that popular, otherwise they wouldn’t have closed down.

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