Second cider fest at popular pub

Sports-keen youngsters at Clavering Primary School.
Sports-keen youngsters at Clavering Primary School.

ALE-LOVERS may have guzzled many a pint over the weekend at the Beer Festival – but now it’s the chance for cider to be the star of the show.

Twelve ciders are on offer at the Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, throughout the course of this week as the popular pub holds its second Cider Festival.

Steve Bell, landlord of the Fishermans Arms on the Headland, is competing in the Great North Run despite recovering from a heart attack.

Steve Bell, landlord of the Fishermans Arms on the Headland, is competing in the Great North Run despite recovering from a heart attack.

And those who fancy a swift pint of Crazy Goat, Dog Dancer or Moonshine are in for a treat.

The pub has those ciders on more on offer until the end of the week, as well as a selection of live music and the popular weekly quiz which is running as usual tonight.

The pub, in Southgate, has made quite a name for itself with its many beer festivals over the last few years.

But after punters started to quiz landlord Steve Bell on whether he would hold a cider festival, he wasted no time in organising one for the very first time in March this year.

The event was a huge success and it wasn’t long until people were asking when the next cider festival was taking place.

Steve, 51, who runs the pub with his partner, Mandy Jackson, 50, a mum of Emily Whitehead, 14, said: “Obviously we didn’t want to organise anything for the same time as the Beer Festival but we wanted to build on the momentum of that and the momentum we’ve got so we thought this week would be perfect.”

Singer songwriter Mimi O’Malley will be performing at the pub tomorrow evening while the weekly open-mic night will be held on Thursday.

Popular rock band Fat Bob will then entertain those sipping their cider on Saturday night. The pub will be opening at 5pm on weeknights and 3pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.