A CITY pub’s annual winter beer festival has been hailed a success.
Around 200 people piled into The Rose in June, in Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, at the weekend to sample 12 real ales and five different ciders.
The drinks came from breweries in counties such as Dorset and Somerset.
It was the pub’s seventh winter beer bash, and ones are also held in the summer.
Paul Saynor runs the pub with his wife Mary and their business partners Paul and Caroline Taylor.
Mr Saynor said: ‘Without a doubt, it was an overwhelming success.
‘We had very few beers left by the end of the weekend.
‘This was probably our best winter festival.
‘It has in the past just happened without anyone really taking any notice, but there was a lot more interest this year, so that was good.
‘There’s certainly more interest in beer festivals now, and interest in real ale has really kicked off.’