A person from Stoke has visited each metropolis in England to check out 11,000 pubs all through the nation!
Rob Cocker is a member of CAMRA whose ardour for ale has led him far and past to strive the very best bars and alehouses, StokeonTrentLive studies.
The 68-year-old, from Penkhull, mentioned: “It began once I was 18. I used to reside in Hartshill and I used to go to all of the native pubs. However simply consuming in the identical place on a regular basis didn’t enchantment to me.
“I’ve all the time been a little bit of a ‘statto’ and I used to jot down down the title of the pubs I drank in on the again of a fag packet and I saved a diary.
“So I began on the lookout for pubs that I had not been into earlier than.
“I’ve been following Stoke all my life, house and away. By the top of this season I shall be simply wanting 2,700 Stoke matches that I’ve watched. So I get to a variety of totally different pubs on away journeys. We’ll work out an itinerary of various pubs to go to earlier than the sport begins.
“In all probability 98 or 99 per cent of them are CAMRA pubs, they aren’t simply any pub – I observe the Good Beer Information religiously.
“My pub-hopping season begins in March. If Stoke haven’t acquired a sport and I’m on an all-dayer, I’ll do 14 to 16 totally different pubs, however I don’t drink a pint in all of them, I normally have a half after which onto the following one.
“If I’m going out all day on a Saturday, I’ll have about eight or 9 pints, however that’s unfold out over the day – I’m not claiming I’m the world’s greatest drinker. I’m doing it to go to new locations.
“I’ve been for a drink in each metropolis in England, the final one was Truro.
“It’s the individuals that you simply meet that I really like most about pubs. I’ve met so many good individuals. I’ve had landlords ask me how I acquired there, who’ve then ended up driving me around the totally different pubs they know.
“It’s one thing totally different, I’m assembly new individuals and also you by no means know what you’re going to get. It takes a variety of planning whenever you suppose I’m travelling by prepare to totally different locations after which discovering new pubs I haven’t been in earlier than.
“Individuals ask me what my favorite pub is, nevertheless it’s so tough to say.
“There’s a pub at Hartlepool Station referred to as the Rat Race which might be my favorite.
“I received’t say the title of the worst, nevertheless it was within the Black Nation. After I went in there was an enormous hole between the place all of the individuals have been stood and the bar and folks have been strolling round very rigorously. After I went to the bar there was an enormous sink gap in the midst of the pub.
“My 11,000th pub was The Albion Ale Home in Standish [Wigan]. I went in and mentioned to the owner, ‘It’s a bit unusual, however do you thoughts if I take your photograph?’ I mentioned to him, ‘You’re my 11,000 pub.’ Individuals checked out me as if to say I used to be insane.”
Along with his fascination with discovering new pubs, Rob had clocked up matches at 92 soccer league grounds by 1982, however now has 4 new grounds which have since been constructed to go to.
Rob added: “I really like journey and visiting new place. I’ve been to 72 totally different nations.
“I don’t suppose I’ll ever cease visiting totally different pubs, not till I’m not nicely sufficient to do it anymore.”
Spouse Lynn, aged 63, who can also be a member of CAMRA, mentioned: “He visited a variety of the pubs earlier than he met me. It’s been a life-long campaign for him.
“I do go to a few of them with him, however not as many as he does. I let him get on with it and a variety of it’s in keeping with the soccer.
“I’m used to it now. However I’m a beer woman – you received’t catch me consuming Prosecco”