Wetherspoons launches 11-hour ‘booze bus’ pub crawl

Budget pub chain Wetherspoons has defended its plans for an 11-hour pub crawl by coach that will take in seven ‘Spoons locations along its route.

Participants on the booze cruise bus will begin their voyage at Southport, Merseyside and embark on an odyssey of northern ‘Spoons pubs, taking in seven venues in total on their way to Blackpool.

Those on board the Willow Grove Beer Bus tour will stop off at pubs in Preston, Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, Cleveleys, Poulton and Leyland. A ticket costs £22 and includes breakfast and lunch.

“This gives lonely drinkers a chance to make friends. A lot of elderly people are isolated and crawls like this offer some companionship. It’s not a free-for-all where people will be vomiting on the back seat.” said local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) chief Doug McAdam.

However, not everyone was so enthused about the prospect. National Obesity Forum’s Tam Fry told The Mirror, “If Wetherspoon was serious about the health of its customers, it would call this off.”

Some have also raised concerns that such schemes could promote binge drinking, though a spokesperson for Wetherspoons said the pub crawl was “a fun way for Wetherspoon fans to visit a number of the company’s pubs without having to drive themselves.”

Though regulars to Wetherspoon pubs are used to enjoying the low prices that have become the chain’s hallmark, customers were faced with the prospect of a price increase earlier this year.

From March 1 the price of a pint in Wetherspoon pubs across the UK increased by 10p outside of London, and 20p in the capital. You can read more on the price increase here.

Leave your reply

Most Recent Stories

Local council looks into Jeremy Clarkson's farm restaurant

The broadcaster may have beef with an authority he cannot beat in an investigation over planning permission for his all-meat restaurant.

Bartender reveals his 'hack' for when people complain their drink is too weak

A bartender has gone viral online after revealing the "hack" he uses when customers complain that their drink is too weak.

Mexican beauty queen accused of €1.6m wine theft appears in court

The 29-year-old Mexican beauty queen and 47-year-old Romanian-Dutch male arrested over the theft of 45 exceptionally rare bottles, including one from 1806 valued at €310,000, appeared in court last week.

Number of bars and restaurants in 'critical financial distress' rises by 70%

The latest Red Flag report from financial advisory Begbies Traynor Group has found that hospitality is the sector with the greatest year-on-year percentage increase in the number of businesses in "critical financial distress".

64% of the UK's top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss

Research from national accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young has shown that the UK's hospitality industry has reached a bleak new milestone as a record 64% of the top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss.

Most Recent Stories

Local council looks into Jeremy Clarkson's farm restaurant

The broadcaster may have beef with an authority he cannot beat in an investigation over planning permission for his all-meat restaurant.

Bartender reveals his 'hack' for when people complain their drink is too weak

A bartender has gone viral online after revealing the "hack" he uses when customers complain that their drink is too weak.

Mexican beauty queen accused of €1.6m wine theft appears in court

The 29-year-old Mexican beauty queen and 47-year-old Romanian-Dutch male arrested over the theft of 45 exceptionally rare bottles, including one from 1806 valued at €310,000, appeared in court last week.

Number of bars and restaurants in 'critical financial distress' rises by 70%

The latest Red Flag report from financial advisory Begbies Traynor Group has found that hospitality is the sector with the greatest year-on-year percentage increase in the number of businesses in "critical financial distress".

64% of the UK's top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss

Research from national accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young has shown that the UK's hospitality industry has reached a bleak new milestone as a record 64% of the top 100 restaurant companies are now making a loss.