Enjoy 50 real ales at Wetherspoon festival

The Old Angel shift manager Steve Marles.
The Old Angel shift manager Steve Marles.

A tipplers treat is bringing in huge crowds as The Old Angel and The Gate House pubs in Doncaster hold their spring real ale festival.

A rotating selection of 50 real ales are on offer until Sunday at the two popular pubs and the number of customers coming through the doors to sample the brews has exceeded all expectations.

The Old Angel shift manager, Steve Marles, said the pub had already sold around 800 pints and manager at The Gate House, Paul Sanderson, said that in the first week of the festival, from March 13 to 20, his pub had sold 1,600 pints – 100 pints more than last year’s total for the two-and-a-half weeks the festival was held.

Steve said: “It is proving extremely successful. Real ale lovers are visiting us from 9am to sample the drinks we have. People can enjoy different tipples at £1.89 a pint or three thirds of a pint for the same price, or £1.39 a pint with a CAMRA voucher.”

Paul Sanderson echoed Steve’s positive sentiments about the Wetherspoon festival and added: “It’s been fabulous. There are two of these festivals held each year in spring and autumn and they are always well supported.

“At The Gate House we already sell an extensive range of craft beers and the festival has only enhanced the reputation of the great real ales that are out there. They are really popular and reflect the direction the beer market is heading.”

Beers on offer include Adnams Broadside and Adnams Jester, Abbotts Ale, Hyde’s Paddock Wood, Jennings Golden Host, Mountain Goat Hightail Ale, Brains Pocket Full of Rye, Daleside New Dawn and Batemans Lincolnshire Red.