A sunny and quite warm Saturday morning allowed for a nice steady trip to Nuneaton via Leicester and a leisurely stroll around Nuneaton open market before the noon opening of the 5th Nuneaton and Bedworth CAMRA Beer Festival in the wonderfully air conditioned Co-Operative Hall in the city centre. A fairly small affair but with plenty of seating and with around 30 beers on stillage. I sampled Church Farm IPA (5%), Stewart Brewing 80/- (4.4%), Byatts West Coast Baby (4.6%) and Charnwood Blue Fox (4.2%). Mention must be made here of the excellent hot dog sausages served with cooked and fairly hot red chillies. Whilst here the nearby Lord Hop (a CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017 entry) micro pub was awarded its Warwickshire Pub of the year certificate. Being only 50 yards from the festival venue I popped in on the way back to the station and had a half of Falstaff Curse of Omen Mild (3.8%). Changing trains back in Leicester was required for the seven-minute journey to Syston and the festival at the Syston & District Social Club, which is about a 10/15 walk from the station. A stillage had been set up in a room at the back of the pub and one of the beers sampled here was 4T’s One Man 2 Sticks at 4.7%, recently brewed as a celebration of the life of Peter Collins. Other ales sampled were Shakespeares Bard’s Best (4.2%), Buntingford Templar Gold (4.5%), Church End Gottle O’ Geer (4.2%) and AJ Ales IPA (4.6%). Catching the hourly service back to Leicester and a first visit to the Exchange for some Framework Centennial Wheat Beer (4.6%). After this a short walk brought me to the third festival of the day at the Broood (which is a sister pub to one of the same name in nearby Hinckley). Here too a stillage had been set up in the pub, from which I sampled Hubsters Hop on the Good Foot (3.8%) and Greenodd Caskade (4.5%). On arrival back in Sheffield the final drink on what had been a very hot day was in the regular Old Queen’s Head where I sampled Thwaites Once Bitten, Twice Shy coconut pale ale (3.8%). Andrew Morton
The purpose of this month’s trip was to sample 3 previously unattended beer festivals in the Nuneaton and Leicester areas.