5 times world records were made at pubs

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Record breakers: pubs have made Guinness World Records for all sorts of things
Record breakers: pubs have made Guinness World Records for all sorts of things

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British pubs have made names for themselves by breaking several world records over the past few years.

The Fleece in Bretforton, Worcestershire, hopes to break the World Record for the largest grouping of people with the same first name​ later this month. 

If its ‘Nigel Night’ is a success, it will mean the pub joins the ranks of many other British taverns who have also achieved Guinness World Records.

Unsurprisingly, it has been pubs taking accolades for the largest alcohol tasting events, but they have also broken records for some more niche topics too.

Largest cider tasting event 

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The Oast House pub in Manchester achieved the record for the world’s largest cider tasting event in September 2017. A crowd of 255 new and regular customers helped the site break the record. 

The event was led by cider expert Kieran Hartley, who worked for the New World Trading Company (NWTC) at the time, and Henry Chevallier Guild, an eighth generation owner of Aspall who was visiting Manchester from the company’s base in Suffolk.

However, the record was beaten this summer at a craft beer and cider festival in Canada when 306 people tried different ciders.

Largest wine tasting event

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Similarly, it was at pubs where the current record for the largest wine tasting event was made. This record was broken by multiple JD Wetherspoon sites in 2008 and involved an incredible 17,540 participants.

Some 409 pubs gave patrons the chance to try Fetzer Coldwater Creek Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel Rose and Merlot.

Most kilts put on in 1 minute

The Prince Regent saw the record for most kilts put on in a minute broken (image: Nigel Cox, Geograph)
The Prince Regent saw the record for most kilts put on in a minute broken (image: Nigel Cox, Geograph)

This record was achieved by Rachel Walker at the Prince Regent pub, in Brixton, south London, in 2012.

She managed to put on four kilts in the time limit.

Longest continuous barbecue 

 

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Pub staff at the Old Sergeant pub in Wandsworth, south London, achieved a record for hosting the longest continuous barbecue in 2014.

The team kept a barbecue ablaze for 29 hours and one minute, beating a record previously set in Switzerland. 

Around 500 pieces of meat were cooked and eaten by customers over the course of the two-day marathon.  

Most rums available

 

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The Smugglers Cove in Liverpool holds a record for the most varieties of rum commercially available with 151 rums on its menu. 

It broke the record in August 2015 and since then customers have come from afar to see what it is stocked in its rum cabinet.

Two thirds of the rums stocked are Caribbean, alongside drinks from 12 other countries. This selection includes one from Jamaica, which is thought to be the oldest rum available today.

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