Beer festival success for Hucknall club

More than 200 people flocked to a beer and cider festival, the first of its kind at Hucknall’s Bentinck Club.

The three-day attraction at the Portland Road venue proved such a big success that plans are already being discussed for it to be repeated in November 2014.

The festival featured a wide range of real ales from local micro-breweries and four ciders selected by Ray Blockley, of Hucknall-based Torkard Cider.

The Lincoln Green Brewery Company, of the Enterprise Business Park on Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, came up with ales which included Tuck.

And, like the Sherwood Forest outlaw the beer is named after, Tuck is “well-rounded”.

Striking names of other ales at the festival were Wobble Gob, Blonde Volupta, Mad House and Roaring Meg, as well as the full-blooded Dragon Slayer - a a poerful brew at eight per cent.

Barmaid Teresa Mitchell joined in the spirit of the occasion by dressing as a chicken, while Andrew Ludlow, of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), provided his expert guidance.

Steak and ale pie and pea suppers were laid on and singer Tony Valentine entertained guests.

Darrell Horspool, a director of the club, said: “We would like to thank everyone involved for making the festival so successful.

“And that includes all who gave up their weekend to help out.

“I would like to express a special thankyou to Anthony Hughes, of Lincoln Green Brewery.”