Beer festival ‘is best yet’

Steve Bell with some of the beers on offer at the beer festival in the Fisherman's Arms

Steve Bell with some of the beers on offer at the beer festival in the Fisherman's Arms

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A PUB landlord has hailed his fourth beer festival as his best-yet after a hugely popular five-day event.

Eighteen different types of beers and ciders went down a treat at the Fisherman’s Arms, in Southgate, on the Headland.

Landlord Steve Bell, 50, has organised three popular beer festivals in the past, but said the number of people through the doors this time around eclipsed all of those.

He said people were even turning back at the door when they saw how busy the pub was.

A delighted Steve said: “With it being a bank holiday weekend we thought it would be busy, but the response was great.

“Monday especially was fantastic, with the takings it was one of our best ever days.

“The whole place was packed out.”

Twelve hand-pulled ales were on offer over the weekend, as well as other beers and ciders.

Steve said the majority had sold out by last orders on Tuesday night.

As well as the real ales and ciders on offer, entertainment included live musical performances from local act Gilly and popular band The Backtrackers.

A singalong around the piano and the weekly pub quiz also played a part in the weekend’s activities.

And punters also got the opportunity to meet Hugo, the five-year-old Labrador which featured in the Mail earlier this year and loves nothing more than a sip of ale and a few pork scratchings.

Steve, who runs the pub with partner Mandy Jackson, 48, who is mum of Emily Whitehead, 13, added: “Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“There’s always a good atmosphere in the pub but especially when we have our beer festivals on.

“I’m delighted it proved so popular, we can look forward to the next one now.”