Massive cheers to town’s first beer festival

Michael Clitheroe and Pauline Gibson are pictured (front right) at the Highworth Beer Festival

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HIGHWORTH Hotel was the centre of attention over the bank holiday weekend as hundreds swarmed to enjoy the town’s first beer festival.

Landlords Michael Clitheroe and Pauline Gibson, along with their eight-year-old pooch Jazz, took on the venue in November and planned the weekend of food, booze and live music to bring the community together.

Michael said: “There’s been huge community support and without them we wouldn’t be here, and this is part of that. We wanted to do something different, but that was fun as well.

“It’s always been the heart of the community here but it’s had a bit of a chequered past. We’ve been trying to turn all that around and one of the first things we wanted to do was open it up to seven days a week, which we have been since the first of February.”

With at least 19 beers on tap at any one time, the weekend showcased about seven ciders and about 50 real ales all from the surrounding areas, including the Cotswolds, Salisbury, Bath and Gloucester, with some guest ales coming from Wales.

As part of the festival, the pub also hosted a barbecue on Saturday, a hog roast yesterday, and there was live music from the Jo Farrell Band, No Middle Ground and popular buskers Josie and the Outlaw.

“It puts us on the map and introduces us to people as the new landlords,” said Michael. “I think more needs to be done to support the community in Highworth and through this I am hoping it will get people together and show that things are going on.”

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11:19am Mon 26 Aug 13

Make progress says...

Maybe if they left the office and could be bothered to talk to there customers, clear the tables, clean the public areas, sort out the garden and stop making nasty comments about customers to there staff when people left the room then they would already have met there customers after all they have been there since November.

Apart from opening 7 days a week which is a pretty normal thing for any pub never mind a hotel I can't see what they have done apart from sacking the cleaners & untraining the bar staff so they no longer serve
Maybe if they left the office and could be bothered to talk to there customers, clear the tables, clean the public areas, sort out the garden and stop making nasty comments about customers to there staff when people left the room then they would already have met there customers after all they have been there since November. Apart from opening 7 days a week which is a pretty normal thing for any pub never mind a hotel I can't see what they have done apart from sacking the cleaners & untraining the bar staff so they no longer serve Make progress
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11:32am Mon 26 Aug 13

The Jockster says...

Agree. the bar service is pi$s poor and from what I've heard the quality of the food served has nose dived since Adrian Wiley left.
It was much better when it was the good old Jesmond with the front bar looking out on to the High St instead of the open sofa area and the new var area where the staff ignore the punters waiting to be served. Not a fan.
Agree. the bar service is pi$s poor and from what I've heard the quality of the food served has nose dived since Adrian Wiley left. It was much better when it was the good old Jesmond with the front bar looking out on to the High St instead of the open sofa area and the new var area where the staff ignore the punters waiting to be served. Not a fan. The Jockster
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5:15pm Tue 27 Aug 13

linari1989 says...

I couldn't disagree more! Since moving to the area a year ago, we have yet to find a more welcoming friendly place to call our local (some pubs in highworth can only be described as rude and inhospitable) always a good selection of varying ales, alongside some great wines and of course the half price cocktails on a friday night! Food ranges from great value midweek set menus to a la carte at the weekends for something special. All cooked to an extremely high standard that I have not found In the surrounding area in a year of living here!
I couldn't disagree more! Since moving to the area a year ago, we have yet to find a more welcoming friendly place to call our local (some pubs in highworth can only be described as rude and inhospitable) always a good selection of varying ales, alongside some great wines and of course the half price cocktails on a friday night! Food ranges from great value midweek set menus to a la carte at the weekends for something special. All cooked to an extremely high standard that I have not found In the surrounding area in a year of living here! linari1989
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8:18am Wed 28 Aug 13

Make progress says...

A year around the same time as you sorry they have been managers, when your in there next ask them to clear some glasses & remove the cob webs full of deaf spiders from the front window dong worry they will need doing been like it for about a year.
A year around the same time as you sorry they have been managers, when your in there next ask them to clear some glasses & remove the cob webs full of deaf spiders from the front window dong worry they will need doing been like it for about a year. Make progress
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8:19am Wed 28 Aug 13

Make progress says...

Sorry also black shoes a tee shirt and jeans is not the one
Sorry also black shoes a tee shirt and jeans is not the one Make progress
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