Hitchin’s Half Moon pub champions best of British!

Carmen Crouch and Holly Wilmot behind the bar at the Half Moon Best of British Beer Festival.

Carmen Crouch and Holly Wilmot behind the bar at the Half Moon Best of British Beer Festival. - Credit: Archant

A beer festival at a Hitchin pub has been hailed as a great success.

Paul Kelleher

Paul Kelleher - Credit: Archant

The Half Moon pub in Queen Street hosted the event called the Best of British Festival, which saw hundreds of thirsty punters attend from Thursday to Sunday – including some from as far afield as Northern Ireland.

The popular pub – which dates back to 1748 and is Camra’s current Herts Pub of the Year – laid on more than 80 real ales, ciders and perries.

Landlord Howard Phillips told the Comet: “Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a success.”

Paul Kelleher travelled from Belfast to attend the event. The real ale enthusiast said: “I love my beers and have heard very good things about Hitchin’s Half Moon pub so I decided to combine a business trip with this event.

Phil Oram and Peter Blacker at the Half Moon Best of British Beer Festival.

Phil Oram and Peter Blacker at the Half Moon Best of British Beer Festival. - Credit: Archant

“It’s a great inn with a welcoming atmosphere – and some of the beers are absolutely first rate. I’ve been enjoying a few cheeky eight per cent Mayhem beers. I’ll definitely be back – Hitchin’s lucky to have such a number of great pubs including the Half Moon.”

There was also live music as part of an official Rhythms of the World fundraiser – including a performance from rising star Connor Wells, and an acoustic set from Hitchin-based band Kodeine featuring the haunting vocals of Jayne Mason.

Connor Wells performs at the Half Moon Best of British Beer Festival.

Connor Wells performs at the Half Moon Best of British Beer Festival. - Credit: Archant

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