Drinkers are to take part in a national contest to grow the longest runner bean.

Regulars at The Carpenters Arms will compete to grow the longest runner bean

Regulars at The Carpenters Arms will compete to grow the longest runner bean

Seed firm DT Brown heard that regulars at The Carpenters Arms near Ely in Cambridgeshire planned to compete to grow the longest bean of ‘Enorma’.

The firm’s Tim Jeffries hit on the idea of a national contest to discover which British pub or club could grow the longest specimen.

Alison Seymour, who runs The Carpenters Arms, said: “Several of our locals are keen veg growers. For fun they have challenged each other to see who can grow the longest runner this summer.”

DT Brown is offering a free pack of red-flowering ‘Enorma’ seed (RRP £1.99 for 70 seeds), an Award of Garden Merit variety, to the first 100 pubs or social clubs that want to run a similar competition.

The company’s Tim Jeffries said: “We ask that each pub sends us photographic proof of the longest bean grown by one of its customers. We will award £100 worth of our vouchers to the person who grows the longest ‘Enorma’ bean in the country.”

The deadline for entries (or perhaps that should be described as last orders) is 1 September 2014.

To request a free packet of ‘Enorma,’ call & (0845) 371 0532 or visit www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk giving the name and address of the pub/club, and a contact name.