It’s four years since Cathy Price set out on her mission to visit every Red Lion in Britain – and now she has visited 589, with the finishing line in sight.
Mrs Price will soon reach the milestone of her 600th pub with a further 30 to go after that.
The final Red Lion will be at Northmoor, Oxford, with a big celebration organised by Hook Norton Brewery in July.
Mrs Price, a personal trainer from Walton-le-Dale started her mission while in the Red Lion at Hawkshead back in April 2011.
She has already visited the Red Lion pubs in the Banbury area including Horley and Cropredy.
Cropredy’s pub was number 165 and received a visit from Mrs Price on May 8, 2012 while she was on her way back from the Isle of Wight’s Red Lion.
The visit to Bloxham’s pub was number 294 and was not a straightforward visit. She said: “I had to shovel snow from the door it was that deep, then had to be pushed off the car park it was too slippy! The first of a Red Lion weekend where I met the press at Oxford for my 300th.”
She visited the Red Lion, in Adderbury, for pub number 297 on January 19, 2013. She said the pub ‘looked great in the snow’.
Evenley’s Red Lion was pub 337 and was visited on March 3, 2013.
And on June 6, 2014, for number 458: “I was invited to Hook Norton Brewery as they do a Lion Ale!
“They are involved in my final one at Northmoor. It is a fantastic brewery and I was given T-shirts, glasses, beer and treated to a personal tour.
“The Red Lion is now part of the pub next door but still has Red Lion cafe over the door. The coffee was excellent.”
Mrs Price visited the Horley Red Lion on March 1 and it was pub number 540. She described it as a ‘lovely little thatched village pub.’
Mrs Price is writing a book on the mission and an app is being created. She said: “Eighty per cent of my Red Lions have been only metres away from a church. I have seen some amazing old churches, in fact many Red Lions were built specially to house the building materials and builders while the church was been built .
“Many started out as morgues or blacksmiths, lots even claim to be haunted.
“I have stayed overnight in Red Lions, dined, lunched and had breakfast in Red Lions, watched live bands, danced and even done karaoke in Red Lions.
“I have played games of pool, frustration, Aunt Sally, Bullring, darts and skittles in Red Lions.
“And I have drunk wine, champagne, real ales, cider, coffee, coke, water and often prosecco in Red Lions.”
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