Chris Evans: My boozer is Top Gear base
Chris Evans is using his pub as "the base" for writing Top Gear scripts.<br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>“I’m using the pub as the base for all my Top Gear planning," he proudly told British newspaper The Mirror.<br/>"We’ve had hundreds of ideas. We’ve got through a lot.”<br/>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.<br/>"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.<br/>"I have a few drinks. It doesn’t feel like work, it’s a holiday. I’m very lucky.”<br/>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.<br/>However, even the uproar from loyal followers couldn't secure his return and now Chris has signed on for a three-year deal.