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The Great Pub Survey – Prince Harry & Holly Willoughby pulling pints…

14/03/2017

They’re as British as Winston Churchill, bulldogs and moaning about the weather, they’re the cultural epicentre for millions of people. It’s where we find partners, celebrate weddings, wet babies’ head or raise a glass to dearly departed loved ones. Where we go to cry over spilt beer, cheer on charity events or tuck into roast beef & spuds.

As usual StagWeb put our own comfort to one side, pulled up a bar stool, picked up a pint and asked the questions that matter.

What’s your favourite type of watering hole?

Country pub – 60.3%
Traditional city boozer – 16.7%
Gastro pub – 11.8%
Trendy bar – 6.6%
Sports bar – 4.6%

pub pie chart

Who would you rather go to the pub with?

Mates – 42.4%
Girlfriend/wife/partner – 37.5%
Family – 20.1%

Who would be your ideal landlady/landlord?

Johnny Vegas – 18.3%
Prince Harry – 14.6%
Al Murray – 14.6%
Ray Winston – 12.3%
Helen Mirren – 12.3%
Jeremy Clarkson – 11.3%
Barbara Windsor – 9.3%
Other – 7.2%

“The better the pub, the worst the wife the worse the wife, the better the pub.” – Heinrich Mann

Who would be your perfect barmaid/barman?

Stephen Fry – 22.8%
Holly Willoughby – 20.8%
Danny Dyer – 17.1%
Rachel Riley – 10.7%
Michelle Keagan – 8.6%
Margot Robbie – 8.2%
Dynamo – 6.2%
Other – 5.6%

pub signWhat’s the one thing you’d most like to see in your favourite pub?

• Pool table
• Jukebox
• Open fire
• Quiz night

Other ideas on drinkers wish lists were;

• 24 hour happy hours
• Dancing girls
• Beer festival
• Excellent sausages

What’s most likely to get you heading down your local?

Quiz night – 37.7%
Live band – 29.8%
Big screen sport – 15.2%
Karaoke – 6.2%
Charity night – 4.3%
Other – 6.8%

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin

What’s your favourite pub snack?

The humble crisp – 31.4%
Nuts – 31.4%
Chips – 19.6%
Anything covered in chili, the hotter the better – 10%
As long as it comes with bacon on I’m happy – 7.6%

What’s your beverage of choice?

A pint – beer/cider/ale/lager/stout – 49.4%
Spirit – 26.1%
Wine – 18.2%
Soft drink/juice – 6.3%

drinks

Would you like to see more locally produced beers, spirits, crisps/snacks?

Yes, I’d love to see more local flavour – 88.5%
No, I prefer the national/global brands – 11.5%

Pub grub, what’s your favourite pub dish?

Sunday roast – 29.6%
Burger – 29%
Steak – 19.5%
Curry – 6.8%
Bangers & mash – 6.2%
Toad in the hole – 3.1%
Other – 5.8%

“Theme nights? Theme nights? The only theme a pub needs is BEER!” – Al Murray, Pub Landlord

What’s your favourite pub game?

Pool – 45.7%
Quiz/fruit machine – 24.1%
Darts – 21.1%
Other – 3.5%
Table tennis – 3.3%
Beer pong – 2.3%

Who would be your ideal drinking partner?

The top four choices for drinking partner (apart from partner/wife/girlfriend) were

• Stephen Fry
• Johnny Vegas
• Al Murray
• Oliver Reed

Other more unusual drinking partners people wished for included;

• A deeply attractive woman with a tremendous personality. Like Gail Platt from Coronation Street.
• Oscar Wilde
• Jack Daniels
• Homer Simpson
• Someone who’s had a pint ahead of me, to let me know what quittin’ time’ll look like with one beer’s notice.

“I don’t want to get technical but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution.”

Suggested Pub Names

– The Jiggered Geologist
– The Bees Knees
– The Lock Inn
– Welcome Inn
– Nobodys Inn
– Lettem Inn
– Izzit Inn
– The Great Escape
– Professor Cornucopia’s Good Time Emporium
– The Tap
– The Cat in the Hat
– The Mutts Nuts

What’s more important?

Cheap prices – 43%
Beer garden – 41.4%
Big screen sports – 9.3%
Feeling fashionable – 6.2%

Would you like separate male only/female only bars in your pub?

Yes! Bring back the good old days! – 7.2%
No, it’s not the dark ages – 92.8%

I said to my girlfriend, “Guess what I heard in the pub? They reckon the postman has made love to every woman in this road except one.”
And she said, “I’ll bet it’s that stuck-up cow Tanya at number 23.”

1,355 people from across the UK were questioned in the survey.

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