Grab a pint at popular festival

Landlord of the Fishermans Arms Steve Bell
Landlord of the Fishermans Arms Steve Bell

FIFTEEN ales and two ciders will steal the show as a popular beer festival returns this weekend.

Anyone who fancies a pint of Stout Mary or York Guzzler should make their way to the Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, for the popular annual Easter bank-holiday weekend event.

The first pint of the festival will be pulled tomorrow and the variety of ales and ciders will be on sale until close of play on Monday.

The event has drawn in the crowds in the past. But this year will be the first festival since the popular pub was named in CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide, so landlord Steve Bell is hoping for even more drinkers to come through the door.

The 51-year-old who runs the pub with his partner, Mandy Jackson, 49, mum of Emily Whitehead, 14, said: “It’s normally a popular weekend but we might get even more in this year, we would like to think so.”

The event was originally planned as a one-off festival but has proved so popular Steve decided to make it an annual thing.

He has ordered in a selection of ales and ciders, all from Yorkshire, in an attempt to please the taste buds of all his regulars.

And it isn’t just alcohol on offer at the pub, in Southgate.

A musical duo will perform on Saturday from 4pm-6pm before the popular Backtrackers take to the stage on Sunday at around 8.30pm after the weekly quiz from 6pm-8pm.

Due to this year’s Yorkshire theme, punters are also being asked to get involved and wear some Yorkshire clobber for fancy dress on Sunday.

The pub will be open from noon-midnight on all four days of the beer festival.