A Nottinghamshire couple is determined to visit all the pubs the county has on offer – including those in Gedling borough.
Dale Harvey, 37, and Holly Booth, 30, have decided to embark on the ‘Great Nottinghamshire Pub Crawl’ after getting bored of their usual pubs.
Since starting their journey on March 16, the couple has visited a grand total of 346 pubs out of an estimated 1,800, according to Google.
Dale said: “After we started, we realised there’s a lot more pubs than we thought it was going to be.
“But we’re too invested now so we have to keep going.
“The rate that we’re going at is about 3.6 pubs a day so far and if we keep that up, it means it would take us about 500 days to visit them all, which isn’t bad at all.”
The Sneinton-based couple revealed that there is no particular order in which they visit the pubs, but that they printed an A0-sized map and pinned the names of pubs they have not visited yet, which gives them an idea of where to go next.
The pair, whose daily record of visited pubs is currently 13, prefers independent venues, as they have “a lot more character a lot of the time and they’re allowed to do more of what they like”.
However, they have expressed their love for the Castle Rock and Greene King chains, as well as some of the Wetherspoons branches they visited, like the ones in Stapleford and Bulwell.
When it comes to Gedling, Dale revealed that his favourite pub in the area so far has been the Willowbrook, followed by the Gedling Inn & Kitchen.
Writing for the over 1,000 people who follow their Facebook page, Dale said: “Willowbrook is a shining example of Castle Rock doing good pubs, the right way.
“Several dogs were present as we entered, which is always a welcome site, and this place just has such a warm, welcoming feel to it that we were instantly comfortable there and would love to do a ‘Revisited’ episode inside the place.
“The Gedling Inn & Kitchen is another huge pub just down from one of our favourites of the crawl so far, The Willowbrook.
“This place is another that has a great looking food offering of standard pub style food.
“They were also showing Sky Sports and have a huge stage type set up outside with a screen on that looks amazing for watching movies/cinema nights, as well as for the big sporting occasions.
“Our dogs were also made to feel very welcome, which was great.”
The pair say they are open to people joining them in their impressive journey.
Dale said: “If there’s anyone who wants to join us and go out for the day with us, just message our Facebook page and tell us.
“We’re finding so many great pubs that we’ve never even heard of, we’ve gone places we’ve never gone to.
“It’s such a great experience.”
You can keep up with Dale and Holly’s journey and pub reviews via their dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatNottinghamshirePubCrawl/
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