Fishermans Arms to offer host of ales during bank holiday beer festival

Landlord of the Fishermans Arms Steve Bell. Picture by FRANK REID
Landlord of the Fishermans Arms Steve Bell. Picture by FRANK REID

AN award-winning pub will have 15 beers and five ciders on offer as a popular beer festival returns.

Punters will have ales from around the country to choose from at the Fishermans Arms, in Southgate, over the bank holiday weekend.

The last beer festival at the pub was only held last month, but proved so popular that landlord Steve Bell, 51, decided to organise another to the delight of his regulars.

The event will get underway when the pub opens at noon tomorrow and last until close on Monday.

Steve has ordered in high quality beers which he knows will prove extremely popular, including Iron Maiden Trooper, a beer launched last week with an incredible 300,000 pints pre-ordered.

Steve, who runs the pub with his partner, Mandy Jackson, 49, a mum of Emily Whitehead, 14, said: “The last beer festival was very popular and we had a lot of people asking us when the next one is going to take place, so we decided to get it organised for this weekend. We’re going to have some really quality beers and ciders on offer, everyone I’ve spoken to is really looking forward to it.”

Entertainment will also be on offer at the pub throughout the weekend starting with a musical duo on Saturday afternoon.

The much-loved Backtrackers will then perform on Sunday night from around 8.30pm. Sunday also has an optional pirate-themed fancy dress.

Steve added: “People don’t have to dress up if they don’t want to obviously, but the choice is there, it all adds to the fun.”

The Fishermans Arms featured in the Mail last week after the pub scooped the community pub of the year award.

The pub was awarded the top honour by the Cleveland branch of Camra, which campaigns and promotes real 
ale.

The award was the latest boost for the pub which was also named in Camra’s 2013 Good Beer Guide.

The pub will open at noon and close at around 11.30pm from Friday-Monday.