Cheers 52

Here we are, school’s out for summer and the beer gardens and terraces are ready to soak up the sun. Well, that’s the hope, anyway. There’s nothing that pleases us more than the prospect of al fresco drinking and dining when the sun’s over the yardarm. It makes us think we’re sur le continong and being very international in our habits.

Having said that, there have been a few times already when it’s a relief to get out of the heat and into a dimly-lit bar for a bit of respite and some welcome peace and quiet (though most landlords would disagree with that).

At least, the licensed trade was spared a dose of austerity in George Osborne’s July Budget.

As for the heat, I heard a comment earlier this month outside Newcastle Labour Club that I’d never, ever expect to hear in the city.

A chap was wheezing into his cigarette and turned to his female companion and said: “That’s a lovely breeze, isn’t it?”

We’ve got a broad range of subject matter as usual in this issue – highlighting The Strawberry, Box Social Brewing, Newcastle’s new micropub, and downing a few pints in an English pub in Moscow, which wasn’t as bizarre as we’d imagined it might be.

And you could do worse than support as many of the summer events we’ve sourced for you. Some of them even involve beer.

Have a great summer and you’ll know the temperature is already too high when you hear: “That’s a lovely breeze, isn’t it?”


Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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