Drinking games

Drinking games

"As long as there were pubs and inns there were always games," says historian and 'doctor of darts' Patrick Chaplin. While his PhD is in the social history of that pursuit, the world of pub pastimes is far from restricted to the dartboard or the pool table. Anyone for a spot of dwile flonking or a game of devil among the tailors?


The points scored depend on where on the body a person is hit, with a head shot naturally worth top marks. A miss is termed a "swadger".

For a forfeit, the "flonker" sometimes has to drink a pot of beer before the dwile is passed around the circle.

It is a messy tradition at the Lewes Arms pub, in East Sussex, which states that the "rules are impenetrable and the result is always contested".

The game is also played in parts of Suffolk and Norfolk, where the Waveney Valley championships were held in May at The Locks Inn in Geldeston.

Drinking games

As well as being the name of a much-loved English sausage-in-batter dish, toad in the hole is also a coin-tossing game played in East Sussex.

Players of the game - which shares similarities with another tossing game, pitch penny - launch coins on to a lead-topped table with a hole in the centre.

"I'm fascinated by the game," Mr Taylor says. "It was dying out, then 15 years ago a bunch of enthusiasts revived it and suddenly it became all the rage again."

Unlike pitch penny - where the tossers' target is a wooden bench with a hole carved into it - a game of toad in the hole is reasonably easy to organise.

"Pitch penny has almost completely gone because it relied on very old-fashioned pubs with very old-fashioned seating," Mr Taylor says.

Garry Kaye, who plays for The Blacksmiths Arms in Offham as part of the Lewes & District Toad in the Hole League, says the game took off again because "quite a few pubs had tables in them and a few teams put them in their cars and visited other pubs.

"It's a Monday evening out, having fun and beers with friends. That's where it all comes from."



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