Whitley Bay Beer Festival! World Cup Beer! Baa at Edmundbyers

It’s all go this week as Rockcliff Rugby club gear up for their annual beer festival. Friday 25th-Sunday 27th May  – you’re in for a treat with beer, cider, gin and fizz, live music and street food from the superb Hadrian’s Pizza. Whitley Bay Carnival is also this weekend, so come to the coast!

We’ve got a special in the pipeline to mark the Football World Cup,  a smooth, easy drinking pale ale, hopped with Challenger and Jester and Olicana late on in the boil for extra fruity aromas. All English of course! At 3.8% you’ll be able to enjoy a few and still keep your eye on the ball. This is a limited run beer, available from June 4th so any Landlords out there who want to reserve a cask or two, do get in touch on 07895 692 881.

Finally, we’re just back from a weekend in Edmundbyers, a lovely spot about 20 miles form Newcastle, though you’d never guess, it feels so remote and tranquil! The hostel is run by Debbie and David with a campsite at the back, and a fabulous bar (called BAA) at the front, with a great selection of always changing real ales, lagers, gins and wine. The Punch Bowl, also in the village does great beers too and has a tasty lunch and dinner menu, well worth a visit. We camped Saturday and had lovely supper at the Punchbowl. Sunday we enjoyed a long yomp across Blanchland Moor, and back along the river;  a fantastic walk with curlews, grouse, bluebells, yellow wagtails, lambs galore, wild garlic, and an abundance of wild flowers. No adders, although plenty of signs warning you about them!

PS if you’re fans of Boewulf, there are two giant statues from the set in the campsite just now, also enjoying their holiday from filming nearby!