Big day for man who has supped a pint in all 1,000 Norfolk pubs - today he visits the last one.
PUBLISHED: 14:40 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 27 April 2018
As pub crawls go, 11 years takes some beating - and it all ends today.
Dave Upton, a 43-year-old PE teacher, is nearing the end of a remarkable odyssey which has seen him visit every pub in Norfolk.
Of the estimated 1,000 in the county he has supped pints in all of them except one, the Hop In in North Walsham, which he is visiting at 1pm today.
He said: “I have been trying to have a pint in every pub in Norfolk - about a thousand in total. A lot of the pubs have since shut.
“I have aimed to get to around two pubs per week and try a different beer at every one. Most trips involve just one pint, or sometimes two.
“I now only have one left, the Hop In in Market Street, North Walsham. ”
While the price of a pint has risen considerably since 2007, petrol costs have been the real killer, as many of his jaunts have involved 100-mile round trips, he said.
He started the quest after completing a three-year tour taking in all of Norwich’s pubs, with a friend, Phil Hardy.
His wife Kate has joined him at more than half of the pubs, but she enjoys a tipple of wine rather than a pint of beer.
Daughters Evie, 10, and Adelaide, seven, sometimes join him on summer trips, particularly to pubs with beer gardens.
He added: “I will be a bit sad when it’s all over. When the kids have grown I’ll possibly do something else, maybe visit all the football grounds in England.”
Some of the most unusual pub names he had visited include the Twentychurch Wardens in Cockley Cley, Poacher’s Pocket in Bacton, Bushel & Strike in Heacham and Shoulder of Mutton in Strumpshaw.
Mr Upton, from Taverham, said one particular landlord who stood out was an elderly lady who decided to shut up shop while his group of friends were still drinking- asking them to turn out the light.
His favourite pint is Woodforde’s Nelson’s Revenge. He works at four North Norfolk primary schools - Holt, Suffield Park, Cromer, Gresham, and Antingham and Southrepps.