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CAMRA North West Yorkshire branch

Friday 15th October 2010

Bob Thompson

richmond bf 1 getting readyLet's get this straight. This is the Richmond in North Yorkshire, not the one in South West London. A small festival held in the town's Market Hall, it was due to start at 17.00 on the Friday night, yet at ten minutes past, there appeared to be a lot more to do. They were still rearranging the market trader's stalls. However, when I enquired of a man who was counting money, he said I could get a beer as soon as he'd given the servers the tills, and so it proved.

richmond bf 2 cider and beer bars


About thirty were on offer, mostly from the north but several from Scotland. Stand out beers were Thornbridge Wild Swan (3.5%); Rowley Mild (3.2%) from Wensleydale; Sam Saint (5.0%) from Brewdog, a ruby ale made with five malts, but still very hoppy, the brewery's signature. Another interesting beer was local; Richmond Pale (4.6%) from the Richmond Station Brewery. Four ciders were on, all from the West Country.


richmond bf 3 giant draughts


What was very interesting was the number of games provided for children (and adults?) such as giant draughts and Jenga, also Connect 4 and dominoes. It certainly served its purpose and kept the kids quiet, apart from the clattering of bricks, etc. A very good idea that should be copied. All in all, an excellent little festival.



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