Beer festival coming to Hadleigh hamlet

Another village pub saved

Another village pub saved - Credit: Archant

The Red Rose, in Lidsey, near Hadleigh, was taken over 12 months ago and is now thriving.

Traditional country pubs are under threat as never before.

But thanks to the hard work of a young landlord and landlady, a village pub which was once under threat is now thriving again.

Charlie Buckle and his partner Sophie took over the 500-year-old Red Rose, in Lindsey near Hadleigh, a year ago.

With a population of under 100 people, it was feared the tiny hamlet might lose its local watering hole.


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But on Friday, August 3 the pair will celebrate their first anniversary with a beer festival featuring more than 30 ales almost all of them brewed in Suffolk and Essex.

The anniversary festival starts Friday at noon and runs until Sunday with live music, a hog roast and a cocktail bar.

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Mr Buckle said: “Our first year has been brilliant and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been very hard work, with very long hours and a great churn of old and new faces which we love.”

All beers will cost £3.60 per pint and festivalgoers can buy drink tokens to use over the weekend.

And beer drinkers willing to experiment will be able to taste ales flavoured with a hint to grapefruit, honey or aniseed as well as bitters, porters and stouts.

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