Great British Ale and Spirit Festival set for May bank holiday in Reigate

PUBLISHED: 12:39 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 07:45 16 April 2014

A selection from the Great British Sprits Menu

A selection from the Great British Sprits Menu


Reigate pubs The Roe Deer and The Bell host a Great British Ale and Spirit Festival over the Early May Bank Holiday from Wednesday April 30 to Monday April 5.

The Bell, located at 21 Bell Street in the town centre, will be featuring a variety of ales from local brewers and coastal towns – order by the pint or set yourself up for a tasting session with a paddle of beers.

There will also be a quiz on Thursday May 1 and live music on Friday May 2 at The Bell, as well as a Scrabble tournament and a card game tournament to help guests relax on the Sunday.

Down the road at 50 Croydon Road, near Reigate train station, you can try a sophisticated spirit at The Roe Deer, which will be showcasing independent distilleries as well as more recognisable brands on their special Great British Sprits Menu.

Events at The Roe Deer include a Godminster Cheese and Spirit Tasting on Wednesday April 30, an exclusive evening with Sipsmith Independent Spirits on Thursday May 1 and a family day on Saturday May 3.

“There is something special about celebrating artisan produce with the local community – and it’s a movement that seems to be getting stronger and stronger,” says Marie-Therese Dawes, owner of the two pubs.

“The Great British Ale and Spirit Festival is a celebration of all involved, from the distilleries and the breweries who are creating exceptional drinks to the locals supporting the event.

“With a huge variety of produce on the market, it is fun to seek new favourites and appreciate the craftsmanship and thought that has gone into them. We are raising our glasses to the creators and the people who work hard, day in day out, to make something exceptional.”

Foodie collaboration

Local breweries supporting the event include Reigate’s Pilgrim Brewery and Tongham’s Hogs Back Brewery, while Reigate’s The Tinderbox will also be taking their mobile woodfired oven along.

Meanwhile, Outwood carpenter Wyer Works, who create bespoke gifts and furniture made from recycled materials, will be the brains behind the beer paddles.

Both pubs will be fundraising for the Stripey Stork charity, who collect pre-loved baby items (clothes, equipment, furniture and toys) and distribute them out to those that need them most in the Reigate and Banstead area.

The Roe Deer, with its wine shop and cheese counter, opened in April 2012 and was a finalist for the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards Pub of the Year in 2013. They have been highly recommended by the British Cheese Awards for two years running.

The Bell has recently been renovated and now features a wider variety of ales with a focus on local breweries including Pilgrim, Hogs Back, Surrey Hills and Dark Star breweries. They also have a selection of artisan wines and gourmet burgers at lunch and in the evening.

• More information on the Great British Ale and Spirit Festival can be found on their websites and social media channels.


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