Cheers to Cathy as marathon pub crawl nears end

Cathy Price visited the Red Lion pub in Willingdon as part of a marathon pub crawl SUS-150414-113516001
Cathy Price visited the Red Lion pub in Willingdon as part of a marathon pub crawl SUS-150414-113516001

A woman who is on a quest to have a drink in every Red Lion pub in Britain, including ones in Pevensey and Willingdon, is nearing the end of her marathon pub crawl.

Cathy Price was having a drink in the Red Lion at Hawkshead during the Grand National back in April 2011 when she decided to trek around the country visiting every pub with the same name.

With 630 Red Lion pubs dotted around the UK, the mission wasn’t any easy one. However, nearly four years later, the finish line is in sight for personal trainer Cathy.

The 56-year-old from Preston has already visited 590 Red Lion pubs, including public houses in Pevensey and Willingdon, which she popped into on February 28, 2015.

She said, “At Pevensey, number 534, we encountered a crazy man while outside taking photos – he really enjoyed the cider! There was only one other guy in the pub and he and the bar girl were trying to quieten down the wild guy. Drunk as he was, he was still very funny and entertaining.

“We arrived at Willingdon – number 535 – just before 5pm when the pub was filling with diners. It is a great Red Lion. We ordered a seafood trio starter to keep us going before heading back to Tunbridge Wells, where I was staying.

“I am up to 590 now and I will be reaching the mammoth milestone of 600 at the Red Lion, Gatwick Airport North Terminal in the first week of May. From then it is countdown until the quest is complete. My final Red Lion will be at Northmoor, Oxford.”

Cathy is documenting her journey by writing a book and online via her Twitter account @redlion_quest, Facebook page facebook.com/pages/Cathys-Crazy-Red-Lion-Pub-Crawl and blog cathypriceredlions.co.uk.