Cider fest success for popular pub

Steve Bell pictured with one of the brews on sale at the Fishermans Arms this week.
Steve Bell pictured with one of the brews on sale at the Fishermans Arms this week.

THE beer festivals always go down a treat - and now the Fishermans Arms’ very first cider festival has proved just as popular.

Punters flocked from afar when the popular alehouse, in Souhtgate, on the Headland, held its latest beer festival last month.

So to keep the momentum flowing landlord Steve Bell decided to offer a wide range of ciders for the week-long festival to the delight of regulars.

And it was such a success, Steve has already decided he will be holding another cider festival in October, following the pub’s next beer festival over the August bank holiday weekend.

“It was great,” said Steve, 51, who runs the pub with his partner Mandy Jackson, 49, a mum of Emily Whitehead, 14.

“We reckon we had about 40 per cent more new faces to try the cider and a lot of them had travelled quite far to come along which is always great to see.

“The turn-out at our last beer festival was absolutely fantastic and we had quite a few people asking us about potentially holding a cider festival so that’s when we decided we would give it a go.”

Westons, Broad Oak, Mr Whiteheads and Hecks were just some of the ciders on offer to punters, who were also treated to entertainment in the form of live music throughout the week.

Steve added: “It was brilliant to get such a good response again, it’s kept the momentum going.”

The Fishermans Arms was recently named as community pub of the year by the Cleveland branch of Camra, which campaigns and promotes real ale. The pub was also named in Camra’s 2013 Good Beer Guide.