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Thursday 27 June 2024

This sounds like one of the worst holiday ideas ever

There is no place on earth with as many good pubs as the UK.

Think real ale, pub grub, open fires and maybe a game of darts.

The antithesis of the local pub is a group known as Wetherspoons, which operate hundred of pubs across the country.

Sometimes described as "cheap and cheerful", Wetherspoons are the pub equivalent of Coles supermarkets. I tried one in Norwich a while back and was not impressed. 

To say Wetherspoons is a divisive brand would be an understatement, but founder and chairman Tim Martin - a massive Brexit enthusiast - was knighted in the King’s New Year honours list.

UK Newspaper The Independent reported the chain has "inexpensive pints, straightforward food and quirky decor - but it really isn’t for everyone".

It is, however, apparently a favourite with upmarket My UK Tour - a travel business known for selling luxury holidays in locations like the Lake District or the Cotswolds.

Bizzarely, it is now also offering trips themed around Wtherspoon's budget boozers, the drinks business reports.

Two tours are being offered: one in the south of England over seven days, and one in the north that takes place across six.

The southern tour begins in Hackney, London, with a trip to The Rochester Castle, which is the oldest-surviving Wetherspoons, before then taking in some of the sights of the city including the Tower of London.

The itinerary also takes guests to East Anglia and then Kent, where one of the alleged highlights is a visit to Ramsgate’s The Royal Victoria Pavillion, which is the biggest pub in the chain.

Overall, the southern England tour takes in eight pubs, all Spoons.

The northern tour starts in Keswick and concludes in Newcastle, taking in more historical sites as well as six landmark Wetherspoons pubs.

Prices start from £1,300 ($2,477) per person, with a personalised guide and a Bentley for transportation. Why you'd want to drive around in a Bentley if you have a penchant for cheap boozers with standardised food menus is hard to fathom.

“All of us at MyUKTour are so excited to start offering this bespoke trip to one of Britain’s best known, and arguably finest, cultural institutions,” said a spokesperson for the travel company, wisely not giving their name.

“Combining hearty pub grub and craft ales with historical monuments and stunning landscapes, this tour is sure to showcase the very best that Britain has to offer.”

I'll pass thanks.

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