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A pair of grandparents have been touring the UK sampling beer in 317 Wetherspoon pubs.

Phil and Julie Fox are on a very important mission to visit as many Spoons pubs and as they can.

The couple explained to YorkshireLive they go to Wetherspoons venues on weekends away and can sometimes even pack in five different pubs during their travels.

Phil 74, reportedly loves geography and beer which he puts together to hunt down the bargain booze chain branches in the different locations he visits.

The grandfather also adores great value for money food and drinks, and says Wetherspoon pubs are perfect for a frugal Yorkshireman with five children and multiple grandkids.

Phil says he is extremely proud of his pub visit tally so far.

He said: "I have visited 317 now (out of a total of 925). Julie has done them all with me.

"We have done a lot in West Yorkshire and I'm just about to do three more in Leeds, in Crossgates, Headingley and another by the Leeds Arena called Stick or Twist.

"I visited my first one in 2004 in Richmond in North Yorkshire"

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Along the way Phil has gained favourites that he'll be visiting again, as well as some that he would never return to.

The 73-year-old described The Imperial in Exeter, a former hotel with a barrel-vaulted conservatory space, as "absolutely lovely".

He and Julie also love The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, a former courthouse and police station in Keswick, Cumbria.

Phil said: "You can sit in the dock, the cells or where the magistrate used to sit.

"It's my favourite Wetherspoons."

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The retired production worker says his second favourite Wetherspoons establishment is The Admiral Collingwood, named after Nelson's second-in-command at the battle of Trafalgar.

The venue is situated in Ilfracombe, Devon, and features a stunning rooftop garden bar with sea views.

Despite his love for the bargain boozer, Phil admits that some of the branches have been a bit on the "rough" side, including one near Rochdale where Phil said: "We had to shout over women using the 'F' word. We sat right at the back."

But the majority of Phil's tour has been a good time and he's hoping to continue chalking off the branches next year.

He said: "When we go anywhere they love the fact that seven or eight of us, including grandchildren, can eat for less than £50.

"I know it's not fine dining but in Spoons, the young grandchildren can spill a drink or drop food accidentally and you don't get disapproving looks."

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