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Nottingham couple attempting to visit every pub in the county

today26 June 2022

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Nottingham has more than its fair share of amazing pubs, bars and microbreweries across the city. However, despite this, when it comes to choosing a boozer on a Friday night, most of us gravitate towards the ones we know the best.

A couple from Sneinton are attempting to drink in every single pub in Nottingham and further afield in Nottinghamshire in a bid to find new places to go drinking and also support small venues, especially those in rural areas. Dale Harvey and Holly Booth have so far managed to do 372 pubs in just 97 days but their list still has a fair few on it.

Dale, who runs a professional wrestling company, estimates that there are 1800 pubs on their list. They have created a map which pins to show the location of the pubs they visit and they chart their travels across Nottinghamshire on their Facebook page.

Holly and Dale are aiming to visit 1800 pubs as part of their The Great Nottinghamshire Pub Crawl
Holly and Dale are aiming to visit 1800 pubs as part of their The Great Nottinghamshire Pub Crawl

“What started it was complete boredom as we went to the same three or four pubs every time each weekend. We would always end up in the same places then end up in Mojos. We thought, there are so many great pubs, we don’t we go and see them?” Dale said. “We were expecting around 500, not 1800.”

There are lots of pubs within the city centre alone but Dale and Holly are also spending weekends further afield – in the name of research. The couple has spent pub crawl time in Worksop, Mansfield and also Southwell, visiting as many pubs as they can. Although they are careful to stick to halves when they are travelling further out.

Dale said: “As of last night, we were on 372 pubs and tomorrow will be day 98. We are not going to do any today and have a day off but we average a few pubs per day.”

“It varies from day to day and how far we are travelling out. If we are closer to home where we can do a taxi or a walk then we can do a lot more. The most pubs we have visited in one day is 13. I’m a bit of a drinker anyway so I’m able to handle it.”

Dale highlights that although the couple has visited a lot of different locations, they have already managed to find some excellent pubs where the food, service and atmosphere have made the difference.

“We’ve got three favourites but they are all for different reasons. The first is The Old Vol in Caythorpe which offers a top-quality meal which is Michelin star quality. The nicest landlords we have come across is the Dog and Parrot in Eastwood which is a micropub. They were so friendly and they do a lot of charity work for the community of Eastwood. The other one is the smallest pub in Nottingham and it’s in a village called Maplebeck called the Beehive.

Dale and Holly record their adventures on their Facebook page which has gathered quite a following from locals looking to see where the couple have visited. They also tune in to read the reviews of each pub which can sometimes offer a unique perspective into the atmosphere, offering and menus.

The couple also bring their dogs with them when they visit pubs across Nottinghamshire
The couple also bring their dogs with them when they visit pubs across Nottinghamshire

Dale hopes that the page will draw attention to some of the hidden gems that Nottingham has to offer especially the ones located further out in more rural settings. They have plans to work with local pubs to produce video content and show their fans a side of the bars that often doesn’t get seen.

“If we use the page to help some of the smaller pubs that people haven’t heard of. We want people to feel they need to go see the pub which will hopefully help some of them stay alive,” he said.

Written by: thehitnetwork

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