British pub becomes tourist attraction after Xi's visit

Updated: 2015-10-26 17:03

By Zhang Chunyan in Buckinghamshire, the UK(

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British pub becomes tourist attraction after Xi's visit

President Xi Jinping drinks a pint of beer with British Prime Minister David Cameron at The Plough at Cadsden pub in Princes Risborough, northwest of London, on Oct 22, 2015. The two leaders met for talks and dinner during a four-day state visit hailed as landmark by both China and Britain. [Photo by Wu Zhiyi/China Daily]

The British pub which President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister David Cameron visited in Buckinghamshire last Thursday has become an overnight sensation.

"We have received many Chinese customers during the weekend. Normally most customers are local residents," Steve Hollings, the landlord of The Plough at Cadsden, told China Daily on Sunday.

After the pub opened at noon on Sunday, nearly 30 Chinese customers in seven groups paid a visit in less than one hour.

Fish and chips, a traditional British dish, and the India pale ale beer which Xi sampled on Thursday evening, were ordered by almost every Chinese customer, Hollings said.

As local regular customers booked most tables in the pub, Chinese customers had to wait and eat at tables outside.

Miao Xin, a 26-year-old Chinese studying in London, arrived at the pub by car with his three friends. "We read the news that President Xi visited here and would love to experience the food and drink that Xi tasted," Miao said.

Another group of Chinese students, also from London, posed and took photos near the two seats where Xi and Cameron sat in the pub.

"We all know that fish and chips is called the British national food that you can find everywhere. However, with Xi's visit, we are curious what is special at this pub," one student said.

One Chinese man, surnamed Liu, drove to the pub with his wife, mother and baby. "After Xi's visit to the pub, I found the name and location then brought my family here. We want to experience it."

On the pub's menu, the large portion of fish and chips is 14.95 pounds ($23), the small portion is 10.95 pounds, and the IPA beer is 3.60 pounds. Some Chinese visitors joked that maybe the pub will be a new attraction in the future.

"Going to the pub is a British tradition," Hollings said, adding that British people often go to a pub to relax and chat with friends. "The Prime Minister bringing Xi to the pub means he treats Xi as a friend."

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