Celebrity cooks The Hairy Bikers are turning their attention to the nation’s pubs in a new BBC2 series which is airing nightly at 6.30pm.
In ‘The Hairy Bikers’ Pubs That Built Britain’, Dave Myers and Si King are travelling the length and breadth of the country to enjoy pints in historic pubs with stories to tell.
The pair began their tour in Yorkshire on Monday (April 18), visiting a pub believed to have been drunk dry by troops in the English Civil War.
On Tuesday (April 19), they sampled negus – a wine-based drink from the late 1800s – in the Lake District and battled it out in a traditional pub competition to find out who is ‘The Biggest Liar’.
Yesterday (Wednesday April 20) was the turn of Manchester, where the duo called on establishments once at the heart of the city’s industrial revolution and visited a local brewery to find out more about the popularity of beer in Britain.
In the next episode of the 15-part series, which airs tonight (Thursday April 21), they travel to Cornwall and discover pubs that were at the centre of an illegal industry in the late 1700s.
Lincolnshire is the destination tomorrow (Friday April 22). Dave and Si duo discover the roles that many of the county’s establishments played in the Second World War, from a pub that was used as temporary accommodation for people made homeless by bombing, to the Bluebell Inn in Woodhall Spa, which served pilots of the Dambuster squadron. It now stands as a living memorial to all the veterans who served from the nearby airbase.