Somerset pub toasts award for Terry Pratchett books link
A favourite watering hole for Terry Pratchett fans when it hosts charity conventions has received national recognition after being voted top in an online poll for famous links.
The Bear Inn in Wincanton, Somerset, topped the Famous Grouse-sponsored list for its connection with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of fantasy books.
Landlady Jo Wainwright said: “We have two large Discworld functions each year and I think the popularity of the books certainly helped us win votes for the Famous for a Reason poll.”
“We were delighted to be voted number one out of a list of 30 and the fans of Discworld came from far and wide to see the grouse. The lady who started the campaign for us was from Plymouth."
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At 300 years old, the former coach house in Market Place is one of the oldest pubs in the area, dating back to the early 18th century.
The grouse statue was on show at The Bear during the weekend before going on a tour of the other 29 pubs on the list.
Bernard Pearson, who runs the Cunning Artificer bookshop in High Street, has been at the heart of the Discworld association with Wincanton. His shop sells merchandise associated with the books and is a Mecca for Pratchett fans.
He said: “The turtle is an iconic image of Discworld. More than 60 million people have read Terry’s books so if any of them saw the grouse statue they would instantly recognise the turtle.
“Terry’s latest book Snuff has been number one bestseller for two weeks now – his books are as popular as ever.
“Discworld fans love coming to Wincanton and enjoy drinking in all its pubs but The Bear is a bit special.”
Two other pubs in the area have also scooped awards in recent weeks.
The Nog Inn has been voted CAMRA’s Wessex Regional Pub of the year and the Old Inn at Holton was judged to have the best pub food in the country.