Cheers 69

These lighter-longer evenings are a call to action. It’s not so much “Shall we pop out to the pub?” but more of “Which pub shall we pop out to?”. The choice is amazing, from tiny micropubs to former fire stations, each with its own take on what a great pub should be.

And as for our beer producers and specialist drinks outlets – we have more than 60 breweries in our circulation area and an admirable set of innovative off-licenses that keep us on our toes with new releases and old favourites. Aren’t we the lucky ones?

Please enjoy the words and pictures in this issue – the Northumberland farm brewery, the iconic beer, the continental-style bier/cafe, the pubs of the year, and even where to celebrate your wedding – and please respond positively to our advertisers, without whom we could not exist.

Just as a reminder – and for new readers – Cheers North East is published ten times a year and distributed to around 300 pubs in the North East of England as well as many specialist food and drink outlets. We are approaching our seventh year of production and in that time have gathered a loyal following among readers and advertisers alike who enjoy the vast range of topics covered and the entertaining insight into what makes the region’s pubs among the best in the country.

The editorial content of Cheers has been singled out for writing awards on three occasions by The British Guild of Beer Writers, which underlines the quality and integrity of what we do. Cheers does what it says on the cover: “It’s about pubs, people, beer – and you”.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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