JD Wetherspoon's UK beer festival got off to a flying start when staff from the Czech Embassy popped down to the Lord Moon of the Mall pub in Whitehall for a pint of Czech beer.
Josef Franek and Ales Cernik of the Czech Embassy joined Wetherspoon's commercial director Suzanne Baker and director of retail Richard Stringer at the London pub to toast the event.
The beer, Herold Bohemian Black Lager, was specially imported from the Czech Republic for sale in the UK-wide beer festival, which saw customers enjoy beer from a number of other international destinations as well as from all over the UK.
"We can usually only serve about six different beers in our pubs at any one time, but during the twice-yearly beer festival, we can offer anything up to about 30," said a spokesman for the company.
"It offers our customers something different and prices vary from 99p to £1.49 depending on the strength of the beer or the location of the pub," he added.
Pictured l-r: Josef Franek, Ales Cernik, Suzanne Baker and Richard Stringer