There's many a pub which can boast a celebrity regular and most licensees are keen to talk up their star customers.
But Snifter hears that staff at the Royal Oak in Newick, Sussex, are decidedly reluctant to discuss the comings and goings of one well-known local, former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.
The newspaper columnist and broadcaster is often to be seen propping up the bar at the village pub and gave the Royal Oak a mention in a recent piece he penned for the Evening Standard.
It appears a particularly dedicated group of the journalist's fans use the pub as virtually a PO Box to send letters and suchlike to Morgan and the pub's landlady regularly hands over large packages of correspondence to the man when he pops in for a pint.
Landlady Beryl (surname not revealed), however, resisted all attempts by one of Snifter's colleagues to extract further information. "I do no want to discuss one of our customers with the media," she told the disappointed hack. "Yes, I've read the Evening Standard and it is correct what Piers says but that's all I want to say."
The aforesaid Beryl did not reveal whether she was acting on instructions from the ex-Mirror man or being reluctantly forced to decline any further publicity for the Royal Oak.