Last year Swindon established itself with its own Monopoly game. Now the town has its own ‘tube style’ map of its pubs and drinking holes, thanks to maths teacher John Coats and JJM Designs, with sponsorship from Arkells Brewery.
Their ‘Pub Stops of Swindon’ poster displays over 120 pubs set out in the distinctive style of the London underground map, each pub being marked on as a stop or interchange. The tube lines follow roads, so each ‘line’ really could be motivation for a pub crawl.
The design covers the town and goes out to include Highworth, Wootton Bassett and surrounding villages.
John has produced a number of Pub Stops designs for other cities and regions of the UK. The first design was for John’s home city of Sheffield around 8 years ago.
He said: "I have to admit to being a bit taken aback at its success. These are obviously a great gift item, but I think there is something about the local pub and the way that pubs are such important landmarks in our cities that appeals to people."
There are now around forty designs in the pub pit stop series.
John runs www.pubstops.co.uk as a hobby when he isn’t teaching maths in a Sheffield high school.
The Pub Stops of Swindon poster is available from the website, Waterstones in Swindon town centre, and Chromatic Arts picture framers, Rodbourne Road.
The logos of well known Arkell’s beers feature around the border of the design. Brewery Director George Arkell said: “We thought this was a really good idea to support the tube map – it certainly gets people talking.”