A teetotaller has been to nearly half of all Wetherspoons and not had a single pint.
Paul Bardill, 33, is on a lone mission to visit every ‘Spoons in the country and ticked off a dozen in a single day last year.
Most unusually for a pub superfan, he doesn’t drink alcohol.
Instead, he usually opts for a Pepsi, or sometimes a hot chocolate if it’s a chilly day.
The Midlands Railway administrator from Derby loves Spoons because ‘no one is judging you for being on your own’.
As of this week he’s been to 373 of the chain’s 870 UK pubs after embarking on the mission in 2014.
Paul’s abstinence from booze came in handy as he set out on an epic cross-county tour in 2020.
It began with a stop at a pub in his home county of Derbyshire, before he drove to ones in Birmingham, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire.
Last year, despite pubs closed for nearly half of it due to Covid-19, Paul managed to visit 100.
His favourite is The Picture House in Stafford, a converted cinema.
Speaking about the Spoons appeal, he told The Sun: ‘Some of the buildings are often interesting too, like old theatres and police stations.
‘Wetherspoons has taken many which might have been demolished.’
A spokesperson for the chain said: ‘He is one of an elite group of enthusiasts that enjoy travelling across the UK to visit as many Wetherspoon pubs as possible.’
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