Oh, and talking of the Masons Arms – the 31st most popular pub name in the UK – there’s another ex-footballer opening one. Former Newcastle full-back Olivier Bernard is refurbishing the Masons Arms in Blyth, Northumberland. “For me, I’ve always wanted to open a pub, but not only a pub: I wanted a more family feel, it’s going to be more a gastro-restaurant/pub, not somewhere you just go to sit and have a drink,” he told chroniclelive.co.uk. “I’m very keen on my food, so everything is going to be very tasty. It’s all about making people feel welcome.” If Tripadvisor is anything to go by, the reopening has gone well.