James May thrown out of pub after friend threatened by bouncer ‘Still cross!’

James May thrown out of pub after friend threatened by bouncer ‘Still cross!’


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James May, who is best known for his knowledge on cars, has opened up about an encounter he had with a pub bouncer that had him booted out of the “boozer”. His cheeky admission comes just months after the Grand Tour host announced he bought “half a pub” in a village near his home.

The former Top Gear presenter revealed in September that he is part owner of The Royal Oak in Swallowcliffe, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, which has been shut since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.

While speaking about his latest venture in a new interview, the 57-year-old opened up about his “misspent youth” after he revealed he got kicked out of a pub by a bouncer.

James revealed that he often got “chucked out of pubs” in his younger years, but there is one particular moment that has remained firmly in his head.

The car-enthusiast revealed the police were called following the incident.

Speaking on the YouTube channel FoodTribe, the host asked: “In your misspent youth were you ever chucked out of a pub?”

James chuckled: “Oh God, yes. I got chucked out of pubs when I was underage.

“I most famously got thrown – actually thrown – out of the pub opposite the opera house in Covent Garden.

“I always remember the name of that pub because it looms largely in my memory.”

He went on: “But anyway, I was in there with a mate of mine – so I would have been in my 20s – and some bloke threatened my mate.

“I went up to him and I went, ‘Oi…’ well I just said, ‘Do you mind?’

“It turns out that he was the pub bouncer.”

James continued: “I don’t even know why they had a bouncer, the pub is just a nice London boozer.


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“But he did literally pick me up and threw me out of the door.”

James added: “Then the police turned up and I told them what had happened and they just told me to go home because I was p****d and a nuisance.

The former Top Gear presenter admitted he still hasn’t got over the incident but regularly frequents the same establishment 30 years on.

“I’m still cross about it and it was 30 years ago.”

Asked if he ever returned, James explained: “I’ve been back many times because I go to the opera house quite regularly.

“They don’t remember. They don’t go, ‘Hang on a minute. Your barred!'”

He chuckled: “Well, they will do now.”

Meanwhile, there is no confirmation when James will reopen his pub following the current lockdown restrictions which has forced pubs, restaurants and bars to close.

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