Hartlepool’s The Fish to host beer festival toasting the North East

Paul and Lana Williams of The Fishermans Arms, Southgate, Headland, Hartlepool, who have just been awarded a Cask Marque for the quality of their beer and who are holding a 1940�"s themed beer festival
Paul and Lana Williams of The Fishermans Arms, Southgate, Headland, Hartlepool, who have just been awarded a Cask Marque for the quality of their beer and who are holding a 1940�"s themed beer festival
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A real ale pub will invite customers to broaden their taste buds this weekend when it holds a beer festival.

The Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, run by husband and wife Paul and Lana Williams, have sourced around 20 diverse beers from all over the North East.

The festival, which runs from Friday to Bank Holiday Monday, comes just as the traditional pub has been awarded the Cask Marque award in recognition of the quality of its ales.

Paul said: “We are going to have about 20 beers from all over the North East. We are a real ale pub and normally have four or five on at any one time.

“This will be our second beer festival since we have been in the pub but the first with the Cask Marque Award.”

The pub received an unannounced visit from a Cask Marque assessor who sampled each beer for aroma, clarity, taste and temperature.

That was followed up by a second assessment several weeks later.

The pub in Southgate passed with flying colours.

Paul, 54, added: “We are proud. We haven’t been here very long but all the hard work has paid off.”

He said customers travel from all over Hartlepool for the beer and enjoy the traditional surroundings.

Paul said: “We just have beer, music and quizzes and people come in and talk to each other. Lana and I think it’s great here.”

The beer festival starts on Friday and continues until Bank Holiday Monday.

It is being given a 1940s theme to coincide with the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

On Sunday night cover band Pek and Wanley will perform.

“They brought the house down last time they were here,” said Paul.

During the festival the pub will serve third pints so everyone can sample a good selection of what is on offer. Entry is free. Ten pence from every pint sold, along with the proceeds of the pub’s monthly raffle, will go to a campaign to buy a defibrillator for the Headland.