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

A POPULAR beer festival drew in the crowds with 60 different ales and ciders.

Monday, 29th May 2017, 7:31 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:14 pm
Claire Levy, Mick Stevens and Sophie Ayling at the Delme Arms beer festival

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

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.

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

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.’

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.

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

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.

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.

Katie Eccleston with barrels of ale
Marie Bligh,Francis Lovett , Caz Hale and Bernie Hilton at the Delme Arms beer fstival
Andrew, Sue , Simon and Pete Smith at the Delme Arms beer festival
Callan Conway, Georgia Fraser, Steve Nineham and Robyn Smith enjoy the beer festival
Katie Eccleston with barrels of ale
Marie Bligh,Francis Lovett , Caz Hale and Bernie Hilton at the Delme Arms beer fstival