Nation's favourite TV pub revealed

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Special place in people's hearts: Coronation Street's Rovers Return named Britain's favourite TV pub (Credit: Getty/Giuliano Benzin)
Special place in people's hearts: Coronation Street's Rovers Return named Britain's favourite TV pub (Credit: Getty/Giuliano Benzin)

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The nation’s favourite pub has been revealed thanks to new research from insurance provider Simply Business.

ITV’s Coronation’s Street came out on top, with the Rovers Return crowned the most popular TV pub, followed by BBC’s Eastenders with The Queen Vic and The Nags Head, which featured in Only Fools and Horses.

The survey was conducted in February this year and included more than 2,000 participants across the country.

Britain’s top nine TV pubs:
  1. Rovers Return Inn - Coronation Street 
  2. The Queen Vic - EastEnders 
  3. Nags Head Pub - Only Fools and Horses 
  4. Moe’s Tavern - The Simpsons
  5. The Garrison Pub - Peaky Blinders
  6. The Woolpack Pub - Emmerdale
  7. MacLaren’s Pub - How I Met Your Mother 
  8. Paddy’s Pub - It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  9. The Jockey - Shameless 

While these fictional venues “hold a special place” in people’s hearts, Simply Business urged real life pubs often serve as the “backdrop for memorable life moments” and implored Brits to support the sector.

No different 

Simply Business UK COO Bea Montoya said “Our favourite pubs on TV have a special place in our hearts, and those on our high streets are no different.

“In recent years, our favourite pubs have been hit by the cost-of-living crisis, rapidly rising interest and inflation rates, an unprecedented rise in the cost of energy, and declining consumer spending as people chose their living room over their local.”

While inflation was shown to have eased​ in March, according to the latest ONS figures, operators recently told the Morning Advertiser​ they are not feeling the pressure lift ​with food prices, beer costs and wages damaging margins.

Lifeblood of communities 

In addition, the number of craft breweries becoming insolvent ​almost doubled in 2023, data from Price Bailey recently revealed.

Montoya continued: “The effect of these challenges can’t be understated. We know behind each of these small businesses is a small business owner – each with families, livelihoods, and dreams.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities, and with more than 5m of them in the UK, together they contribute trillions of pounds to the economy.

“We would encourage people to, wherever possible, sample the variety and originality that only an independent business can offer - and we know our publicans would be delighted to welcome them.”


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