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National cask ale week: 29 March-5 April


The John Millington, 67 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7AA is hosting a "Ladies Evening" tutored tasting with Annabel Smith, Britain's only female beer inspector on 3 April. The pub is also running a beer festival throughout the week.

Smuggler's Den, 56 Poulton Road, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 5HB is hosting a Real Ale Festival, and on 2 April it is running a "Meet the Brewer" event.

Wheatsheaf, 22 High Street, Ingleton, Carnforth LA6 3AD is holding an "Ale Trail.

White Cross, Quarry Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4XQ is holding a tutored beer tasting on 31 March.

Moorhouse Brewery, The Brewery, Moorhouse Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 5EN is hosting an "Evening with the Brewer", including free samples of Moorhouse Ales, on 1 April.

New Inn, 2 Poulton Square, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 5PZ is holding a "Real Ale Festival".

Bonny Inn, Ribchester Road, Wilpshire, Blackburn BB1 9HQ is hosting a "FemAle Day" on 1 April.


The Grey Bull Community Inn, 17 West Terrace, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL13 PB will stage a full cask ale and local music week.

Black Sheep Brewery, Black Sheep Brewery, Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4EN is hosting a chance to taste seven different beers matched with delicious local produce on 1 April, with guidance provided by Annabel Smith, Britain's only female beer inspector, and the Black Sheep brewing team.

Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SQ has a "Mini Beer Festival" with 15 beers and two ciders from 2–5 April.


Prince of Wales Feathers Pub, 38 Peterborough Road, Castor, Peterborough PE5 7AL has a "Meet the Brewer" evening on 31 March.t

The Talbot Taphouse, Butterley Hill, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3LT is hosting a "Beer Festival".

Butlers Arms, 444 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 4BL has a "Try Before You Buy" on all cask ales

Everards Brewery, Castle Acres, Narborough, Leicester LE19 1BY is among selected pubs in the Everards estate using National Cask Ale Week to showcase their creations with a range of "boozy bangers" created with Tiger Best Bitter, Everards Original and their seasonal Spring Ale Flourish.

London and the Surrounding Area

Brakspear Brewery, The Bull Courtyard, Bell Street, Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 BA has a competition to vote for your favourite beer being run in their 50 pubs.

Fullers Brewery, The Griffin Brewery, Chiswick, London W4 QB is producing on draught to celebrate Cask Ale Week London Porter and Fullers 1845.


Butcombe Brewery, Cox's Green, Wrington, Bristol BS40 5PA has several Cask Ale Week events starting on Monday with curry and a pint of any Butcombe product for £6.50. On Tuesday, Butcombe bangers and mash and a pint of any Butcombe product for £6.50; on Wednesday, a beer-related quiz night; on Thursday, Butcombe beer-battered fish and chips and a pint of any Butcombe product for £7.50; on Good Friday, Butcombe-sponsored ARC charity walk from the Queens Arms @ Bleadon to the Swan Inn @ Rowberrow; and on Saturday, a "Brewery Open Day".

The White Lion, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 4AB has a "Music Ale Week". There will also be live music events throughout the week.

The visitor centre at Wadworth Brewery, Northgate Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1JW will be running a number of events during National Cask Ale week, including an "Ale Trail Tour" of the Wadworth Brewery production areas and traditional skills with beer sampling along the way, and "Ladies evenings" featuring a limited edition Ladies Ale.

Bristol Beer Factory, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells Road, Hotwell, Bristol B53 1TF has a loyalty card for Bristol stout.

The Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells Road, Hotwell, Bristol B53 1TF has a "Beer and Chocolate Matching" on 31 March and 1 April.

Roger Protz will host a tutored beer tasting at the visitor centre at St Austell Brewery, 63 Trevarthian Road, St. Austell, Cornwall. PL25 4BY on 1 April. It's £5 to get in and all proceeds go to Cornish Hospice Care.

Rashleigh Arms, Quay Road, Charleston, St Austell PL25 3NX is hosting a "Ladies Only Ale Night" on 29 March.

Bridge Inn, Horton Road, Devizes, SN10 JS will celebrate 200 years of the Kennet and Avon Canal, with specially brewed K&A200 ale available from wooden casks.

Curfew, 11 Cleveland Place West, Bath, BA1 5DG has three x 1/3 of a pint for the price of a pint; try before you buy on every ale; and a pint and cheese board for £7.

Prince Of Wales, High Street, Shrivenham, Swindon, SN6 8AF has five real ales throughout the week; three x 1/3 of a pint for the price of a pint; and a "Comedy Night" on 1 April.

Royal Oak, Witney Street, Burford, OX8 4RS is offering a pint of real ale and locally made pork pie for £5.

Salisbury, Lonsdale Avenue, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 PX has pie and a pint for £3 from 11am-6pm all week.

Shoe Inn, Shoe Lane, Exton, near Droxford, Southampton, S032 3NT has three x 1/3 of a pint for the price of a pint; and four real ales on tap.

Wheatsheaf Hotel, 32 Newport Street, Swindon, SN1 3DP has a "Local Ale Festival" all week, with 16 locally brewed cask ales available. There is a "Real Ale Night" on 31 March, with 11 cask ales on sale at £2.50 a pint, plus try before you buy. On 1 April, there is "Blues and Real Ale" in the Stable Bar. The music starts around 9pm. Admission is free.

Linden Tree, 73 Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL1 5SN has nine real ales on tap.

Barge Inn, Seend Cleeve, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6QB has a "Beer Festival" until 29 March, with a pie-and-pint deal.

Waggon & Horses, Beckhampton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1QJ is offering three x 1/3 of a pint for the price of a pint.

White Hart, High Street, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9JX has an acoustic guitar set on 30 March; try before you buy; three x 1/3 of a pint for the price of a pint; and a pie-and-pint deal.

Wheelwrights Arms, Davis Way, St Nicholas Hurst, Reading, Berks, RG10 0TR has a 10 per cent discount on Wadworth beers on production of a Camra membership card; food and beer matching; free real ale tasting for ladies; and 3 x 1/3 for the price of a pint.

The Swan, The Swan, Rowberrow, South of Churchill Crossroads, off A38 BS25 1QL will have 16 cask beers and live bands on 2 April (7–11pm) and on 3 April (6–11pm). Tickets are £10 from the Swan, to include a curry and two complimentary pints.

Otter Brewery, Matthayes Farm, Luppitt, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4SA, is offering a 1/3 pint "Fancy a Taste" challenge in 70 pubs.

Cross Keys Inn, Upper Chute, Andover, Hampshire SP11 9ER has a "Test the Beer" event on 29 March; with others to follow including a "Pie & Pint" night, a "Two for One" night and a "Drink the Dregs" night.

Farmhouse, Ladbroke Road, Langshott, Horley, West Sussex RH6 8PB has a "Meet the Brewer" evening on 30 March.

Globe Inn, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AJ has a "Pie & Pint" night on 30 March.

Nelson Tavern, 75 Mudeford, Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 3NJ has a "Beer Festival" with more than 30 beers.

East Anglia

Thatchers Arms, Mount Bures, Bures, Colchester, Essex CO8 5AT has "A Mini 'Locale' Beer Festival" planned for the week and Easter weekend. On 31 March, they have an "Open Mic Night". On 1 April, the Thatcher's Arms is hosting a "Meet the Brewer" evening at the Red Fox Brewery and will be cooking with ale all week.

Greene King is running "Real Beer and Food" evenings in the Greene King Brewery Tap, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QT, on 30 March and 1 April. Tickets cost £25 per person. They are also running brewery tours all week, with extra slots on 2 and 3 April. Prices are from £8 per person. Greene King is taking part in an "Introduce a Friend" activity in association with regional Camra branches with events in Dog and Partridge, Bury St Edmunds on 29 March; Plough and Sail & Norman Warrior, Lowestoft on 3 April; Alma, Cambridge on 30 March; and Falcon, St Neots on 1 April. Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA is hosting a "Mini Beer Festival" every day from 8pm.


Kilverts Inn, The Bullring, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5AG has a launch party on 29 March. Other events include an "Open Mic Night on 30 March with all performing artists receiving a complimentary pint of ale; an all-day "FemALE day" on 31 March and a quiz night from 8pm, with proceeds going to the Welsh Air Ambulance; a "Guess the Ale" competition, "Meet the Brewer" and tutored tastings on 1 April; a "Good Ale Friday" on 2 April; and live music on 3 April.

Brains Brewery, The Cardiff Brewery, PO Box 53, Crawshay Street, Cardiff CF10 1SP is producing a beer tapas tray with three glasses.

Laughing Dog, Howey, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5PT has a T-shirt competition on 29 March, a quiz night on 30 March, a quoits competition on 31 March, pool on 1 April, and live music on 2 April.


Crime writer Ian Rankin is bringing the famous Inspector John Rebus out of retirement for a one off event at the Caledonian Brewery to coincide with Cask Ale Week. Rankin penned and read a short story entitled The very last drop revolving around a fictitious murder at the Caledonian Brewery. The public have been invited to the brewery this weekend to explore the crime scene.


Camra has set up a Twitter called RealAleLive, which will be used to launch the first "Twitter Beer Tasting". Camra will be selecting the five beers which will be tasted over the evening session. There will then be a designated time for each beer to be tasted and discussed on the Twitter page. As well as sharing tasting notes with Roger Protz, and discussing his own evaluation of each beer, there will be debates running about the history and provenance of each bee. Camra has selected well-known real ale brands which are commonly available in pubs throughout the country. However, there is scope for doing regional beer tastings in the future, featuring some of the area's leading small brewers.

Premier Inn is offering a half-price pint of cask ale with a meal.