British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the fight against war and terrorism — and had a drink in a pub — with President Xi Jinping on Thursday during a state visit hailed as a landmark by both nations. The two leaders met for talks and dinner at the prime minister’s official country residence, Chequers. Beforehand, Cameron took Xi to a traditional pub nearby for a pint of English ale and a taste of British fish and chips. A joint statement before the meeting said stronger UK-China ties were of global significance and strategic importance. The two world leaders, in suits but tieless, could be seen awkwardly sipping their ales at The Plough, an establishment close to the British prime minister’s residence of Chequers northwest of London. “I dropped into The Plough at Cadsden for a pint of IPA and some fish and chips with China’s President Xi,” Cameron tweeted afterwards, along with a picture of him talking to Xi in which hunting guns could be seen hanging on the bare-brick wall behind them. Cameron and Xi tucked in to mini fish and chips during the visit to The Plough at Cadsden pic.twitter.com/8fqsY4LsUb — Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) October 22, 2015 The pub’s landlord Steve Hollings said that Cameron and Xi had chatted for around three-quarters of an hour and had been “extremely friendly”. They drank “traditional English bitter” and “traditional English fish and chips”, he said proudly, adding: “I was highly delighted”. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying that Xi’s “only problem” was the lack of salt and vinegar for his fish and chips. READ MORE: ‘Fish and chips, please’: Xi Jinping wants to eat UK meal down the pub 'as man of the people’ The Sunday Times earlier reported that the trip to the pub was Xi’s idea and cited a source involved in negotiations over the visit saying: “It’s all part of the president’s view of himself as a man of the people.” The Plough traces its history back to the 16th century when it was a staging post for London coaches. Its website said the pub “is often host to some very famous patrons” and asks visitors to “remember, they are here for the rest and relaxation too”. It's the same pub the PM left daughter Nancy in but he jokes 'I'm not leaving my family here today' pic.twitter.com/MPS4Gyh0SE — Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) October 22, 2015 The atmosphere proved a little too relaxing for Cameron during a previous visit to the pub in 2012 with his wife Samantha when the couple left their eight-year-old daughter behind in the pub. The Camerons only realised their child was not with them when they got home and they went back to pick her up 15 minutes later. Downing Street declined to say whether Cameron had been drinking. Cameron himself referred to the incident on Thursday as he chatted with customers at the pub alongside Xi, joking: “I’m not leaving my family in here today”. Xi and his wife earlier said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth after spending two nights as the monarch’s guest at Buckingham Palace. He will visit the northwest England city of Manchester on Friday to end his four-day trip. Xi has been greeted with elaborate British pomp and ceremony on the state visit, the first by a Chinese leader to Britain in a decade. READ MORE: China will continue to drive global growth and stay on path of peace, says President Xi Jinping The two countries signed more than US$46 billion in trade agreements — including a contentious nuclear power deal — as Cameron said Britain sought to be China’s “partner of choice” in the West. There have also been protests by human rights activists and pro-Tibet groups, and opposition politicians have urged Cameron to press Xi on China’s rights record. The trip has dominated state media in China where the Communist Party newspaper the Global Times said “the Sino-UK relationship will reap the harvest of the ‘golden era'". It is a marked change in tone from Cameron’s trip to China in December 2013 when the Global Times said Britain was an old country “easily replaceable in China’s European foreign policy”.