Ale lovers will be spoilt for choice

REAL ale lovers will be spoilt for choice this Easter weekend when the Chestnut Tree in West Wratting hosts its first ever beer festival.

The pub's landlord of six years, Dan Heath, has lined up ales from ten breweries, most of the them in East Anglia, plus two ciders for the duration of the festival, which runs from midday to midnight on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Mr Heath said: "We got a lot of good local support but it would be nice to get a few people from outside the immediate locality.

Brewers represented at the festival are Buffy's and Elm Tree from Norfolk, Cliff Quay and Spectrum (a vegan brewery) from Suffolk, Saffron from Essex, Tring and Red Squirrel from Hertfordshire and Oakham from Cambridgeshire.

Ales from further afield will be represented by Nottingham's Magpie Brewery and Cottage Brewery from the West Country, while cider lovers will be able to sample Thatchers Traditional and Cheddar Valley Dry.

Live music will come from rockers Buffalo Club on Saturday evening and The Lord Lucan Band, from Haverhill, on Sunday.

There is not charge to get in for the festival and traditional pub meals will be available every lunchtime.