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Chris Evans: My boozer is Top Gear base

Chris Evans does most of his Top Gear planning over a pint of beer.

The presenter, 49, was announced as the host of the popular car show last month, following the controversial departure of Jeremy Clarkson and his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May.

This week marked his first day of filming, with Chris popping into the boozer he owns, The Mulberry Inn in Chiddingfold, Surrey, for a few drinks to celebrate after. But the haunt isn't just the site for fun and games - there's some serious work put in here, too.

“I’m using the pub as the base for all my Top Gear planning," he proudly told British newspaper The Mirror.

"We’ve had hundreds of ideas. We’ve got through a lot.”

The star is clearly in high spirits thanks to his new job and is hosting a week of music at the pub to celebrate. It all kicked off with an open mic night on Monday and Chris couldn't be more content.

"In the day I’m working on Top Gear and I’m working on my book, then in the evening I’m doing this," he beamed.

"I have a few drinks. It doesn’t feel like work, it’s a holiday. I’m very lucky.”

Top Gear was relaunched in 2002 and immediately the new, controversial style of the programme raised a few eyebrows. Its bantering presenters won a great deal of fans and many were appalled when Jeremy was sacked following an attack on a producer earlier this year.

However, even the uproar from loyal followers couldn't secure his return and now Chris has signed on for a three-year deal.

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