Ale-lovers pack into pub as beer festival returns to Portchester

Claire Levy, Mick Stevens and Sophie Ayling at the Delme Arms beer festival
Claire Levy, Mick Stevens and Sophie Ayling at the Delme Arms beer festival
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A POPULAR beer festival drew in the crowds with 60 different ales and ciders.

The Delme Arms, in Portchester, held its third festival over the bank holiday weekend.

Andrew, Sue , Simon and Pete Smith
 at the Delme Arms beer festival

Andrew, Sue , Simon and Pete Smith at the Delme Arms beer festival

Beer-lovers packed out the Cams Hill pub to try the new flavours it had on offer.

Couple Jerry and Elaine King, from Fareham, went along for the first time.

Jerry, 35, said: ‘We heard about the festival from a friend and decided to try it.

‘They had a lot more on offer than I thought so it has been great trying the different ales.’

Callan Conway, Georgia Fraser, Steve Nineham and Robyn Smith

enjoy the beer festival

Callan Conway, Georgia Fraser, Steve Nineham and Robyn Smith enjoy the beer festival

Elaine agreed. She added: ‘This is definitely a festival we would come to again.’

Alongside the range of ales and cider, 10 bands from the area also performed.

Darren Longfield, from Portchester, said the atmosphere was great.

‘You can relax, listen to some great local talent and enjoy a beer – there’s nothing better,’ he said.

Katie Eccleston
 with barrels of ale

Katie Eccleston with barrels of ale

The festival started on Friday and has been the most successful organised by owner Neil Matthews. He said their variety of craft ales and ciders has grown since the festival started in 2015.

Marie Bligh,Francis Lovett , Caz Hale and Bernie Hilton at the Delme Arms beer fstival

Marie Bligh,Francis Lovett , Caz Hale and Bernie Hilton at the Delme Arms beer fstival