He's Oscar nominated and has picked up a glut of awards but surely nothing compares to Sir Ian McKellen's latest achievement.

The actor and part-time landlord has been voted the person pub customers would most like to see pulling pints.

In a survey to coincide with CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival he received 25 per cent of the vote – beating fellow actor Neil Morrissey into second place.

The other celebrity landlords to feature were presenter Chris Evans, chef Heston Blumenthal, singer James Blunt and cricketer Stuart Broad - who's pub we recently visited.



Sir Ian became a leaseholder of the Grapes, in Limehouse, East London, in 2012 when the previous licensee retired from running the 500-year-old pub.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA's national chairman, said: "It is a mark of how important a local pub can be to see so many British celebrities decide to run their own local pub after many years of global and national achievements."

Sir Ian McKellen photo by SouthBankSteve.