Cheers 80


This time of year is a great one for pubs; it marks the beginning of what should hopefully be a great spring, summer and early autumn – with opportunities galore to fling doors open and see people smile as they drink, dine and socialise. Having two Bank Holidays in the one month is also a bit of a bonus – and the royal wedding might be a good excuse to go out and celebrate, if there’s ever an excuse needed.

The old saying goes: “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” but we still don’t know if the advice means it’s not until the end of month of May that we can safely discard our thermal underwear, or if it’s may blossom on the trees that marks a rise in temperature and a wearing of shorts.

We’ve got a bit of a County Durham special, too, with a focus on its pubs and breweries as different from one another as chalk and cheese in an area ranging from coast to castle and cathedral with some stunning scenery joining them up.

Alongside that we visit a micropub set in a 700-year-old building, pub and brewery investment opportunities, the changing face of tradition, music and beer festivals, “house” moves and exciting news of a Gateshead container village. Then there’s an artist who invites us into his favourite pubs and how the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) decided to sit on the fence.Please enjoy this month’s issue; it’s a cracker.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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