It's amazing the things you stumble across when doing research/spending too much time in the pub.
I'm always struck by the huge variety of groups and clubs there are that use pubs as their meeting place.
Recently, I found a pub near me that fills up every other Monday with a bunch of ukulele players. They come in, they play, they drink, they be merry. Other customers listen and have been known to be so inspired that they pick up a musical instrument for the first time in their lives.
I've also been to a yoga session, met with fellow youth football coaches, and even sat just yards from a life painting group in a pub. I was not the model.
But this is not about me. This is about the incredible variety of groups and people that congregate in pubs and their function rooms up and down the country every week (or other week, or month) of the year.
We want to delve a bit deeper and find out how these groups work and just how important they are to your business.
Maybe you started a First Aid course after someone needed the Heimlich manoeuvre when a spud went down the wrong way?
Perhaps you are so dog friendly that you run classes for pooches and their owners to get together on a regular basis.
Is your pub the meeting place for the bird watchers of Bath? Or the watchmakers of Widness? Whatever it is – and the more obscure the better – we want to hear from you.
Tell us how these groups came to you or how you found them and what it has meant to the business.
We will be starting a new regular focus which we hope will take us around the country meeting and potentially participating in some of the Great Pub Clubs of Britain.
So if you host a Great Pub Club, drop us a line and we may well sign up for a session and spread the word.
As always, our aim is to highlight the creative ways that pubs are drawing in customers so others in the industry can take inspiration and help the sector thrive.