British man completes 20,000 mile pub crawl in 20-year-old sports car
by Phoebe French

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Ben Coombs from Plymouth has completed a 20,000 mile journey across 21 countries travelling from the most northerly to the most southerly pub in the world, though he admits his final destination was “a bit of a dive”.

Coombs, 38, an automotive writer and adventurer, drove his 20-year-old TVR Chimaera, called Kermit, from Plymouth in Devon to southern Chile as part of an epic pub adventure.

After setting out from south west England, he travelled to Pyramiden, a former mining settlement on the Norwegian island of Svalbard. Today just two buildings are occupied – the garage and the hotel – and the whole area has a total population of four.

“Pyramiden is less than 700 miles from the North Pole and is the northernmost settlement on earth with a permanent civilian population, and has only one bar,” said Coombs. After buying a pint of Russian beer at the bar on 10 July 2017, Coombs officially began his journey.

To meet his criteria, the pub or bar had to be fully licensed and open to the public. While there are bars on Antartica, Coombs said that these were located on bases and are thus not fully accessible.

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