Real ale bash comes to Southsea

Benjamin Surrey

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CUSTOMERS will be in for a treat when a Southsea pub holds its first ever beer festival.

Up to 90 real ales and ciders will run through the taps at The Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road during the 10-day bash between April 20 and 29.

The majority of drinks on offer will come from local breweries, including Irving and Co Brewing, in Drayton, and The Oakleaf Brewing Company, in Gosport.

The popular pub is also looking to put on live music during the event.

The local was voted Portsmouth’s best real ale pub by the Campaign For Real Ale last year after its 760 members voted it their favourite place in south-east Hampshire to enjoy a tipple.

Yesterday the pub increased its number of real ale pumps from six to 10.

Landlord Stuart Ainsworth, 41, who has been in charge of the pub for the last ten years, said: ‘Lately there’s been such a demand from our customers for more real ales.

‘The atmosphere during the festival should be fantastic.’