A retired couple has officially completed their ‘first anniversary’ of hotel stays at Greene King Inns, having spent 365 nights in hotels ran by Greene King, the UK’s leading pub company and brewer.

A retired couple has officially completed their ‘first anniversary’ of hotel stays at Greene King Inns, having spent 365 nights in hotels ran by Greene King, the UK’s leading pub company and brewer.

Roger Chandler and Barbara Eglinton, who reside on the Isle of Wight, have dedicated their spare time to travelling the length and breadth of the UK staying in dozens of Greene King’s 131 hotels nationwide, even visiting ten sites five times or more. The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary whilst at the Wheatsheaf in Virginia Water earlier this year.

Mr Chandler and Ms Eglinton have become much-loved guests across the Greene King estate since their first hotel stay more than a decade ago, even being invited to reopen two hotels – the Commodore in Bournemouth and the Rose Revived in Newbridge, near Whitney – as guests of honour following refurbishments.

The couple completed their mission to stay at all 60 Old English Inns, which later became known as Greene King Inns, in 2015, the first to complete such a feat, and were presented with a luxury hamper and exclusive gold card as a special thank you from the pub company. Over the next two years, the couple ensured they returned to each of the 60 hotels again.

Barbara, a former primary school teacher, said: “We initially stumbled across what was at the time Old English Inns by chance, and immediately felt at home there.

“We’d previously stayed at a wide variety of hotels operated by other brands, which look no different from one to the other, but with Greene King Inns there’s a real charm and character to each individual hotel. Each one has their own story to tell and are such unique and fascinating historic buildings, we absolutely love them. You’re always guaranteed a good night’s sleep no matter where you stay; it’s one of the many reasons we keep coming back to visit.”

Roger, previously a foreman in a boat-building firm, added: “It is hard to pick a favourite hotel but we do love the Royal in Ross-on-Wye, as it has such an incredible view. We’ve also got very fond memories of stays at Ryde Castle in Ryde, Loch Fyne in Bath, the Bear at Hungerford and the Fox in Bury St Edmunds.

“We’ve still got another 50 or so hotels to go before we officially tick off all 131 Greene King Inns, but we’re hopefully going to being making visits to Bury St Edmunds and Norfolk in the near future which takes us closer to that goal. We’ve made so many friends on our journeys, returning to some hotels time and time again where by now the team there know us personally. We’re looking forward to seeing the final hotels on our list.”

Belinda Steward, business unit director at Greene King, said: “I’ve known Roger and Barbara for a few years now and I’m delighted they have completed their 365th night staying in Greene King Inns. They both have such an incredible passion and care for Greene King Inns and they have always been kind enough to share feedback of their visits with me personally, which helps us to continually improve the service that we offer to our guests.

“Greene King Inns is unique in that each one of our hotels and pubs has its own character and personality. Like Roger and Barbara, our guests tell us they appreciate the fact they can enjoy modern and comfortable facilities in an historic building, and we strive to offer that mix at the very best value possible.”

Each of the 131 Greene King Inns nationwide offers a comprehensive menu and a wide range of real ales, wines and spirits, as well as a full English breakfast to start the day.

For more information on Greene King Inns, visit https://www.greenekinginns.co.uk/hotels/.