Wetherspoons fans are stunned as owner Tim Martin buys them a pint in chance encounter
Wetherspoons owner Tim Martin posed for a selfie with a pair of the chain’s superfans – who have visited hundreds of his drinkers across the country. Phil, 74, and Julie Fox, 71, bumped into their idol at The Playhouse pub in Colchester, Essex.
The couple, from Brighthouse, West Yorkshire, have traveled across Britain to sample a pint at every Wetherspoons in the UK, and have now visited over 300. The couple were in Colchester on a ‘trip nostalgic” where Julie grew up, and went to the pub for their tea where they mentioned to two members of staff what their mission was.
Later, as the pair made their way to the bus stop, staff members came running down the street looking for them, explaining how the Wetherspoons boss was in the pub.
When asked what it was like to meet his hero, Phil, a grandfather of five, said: ‘It was lovely, he’s very customer-oriented. He was very nice.
“I was even a little flabbergasted, I didn’t know what to say to him.
“I have two ambitions, one is to appear in Wetherspoons magazine and the other is to meet Tim – we’ve achieved those now.”
The owner even bought the couple, who have been married for 40 years, a round of drinks – a pint of Coors for Julie and a pint of bitters for Phil.
Former newspaper production manager Phil said: ‘When I ordered the drinks he said ‘I’m paying for this’ to which I said no as I’m not a profiteer or anything.
“But he insisted.”
The couple believe Tim visits the branches to see how they operate. Tim also mentioned to the couple that his favorite branch of the business is The Imperial in Exeter, one which the couple have previously visited and described as “charming and unusual for a pub”.