Leamington Food Festival
Thousands of people enjoyed a great day out at The Leamington Food & Drink Festival this year, among them, us with our pop-up pub that was a popular place to linger over the two day event taking place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.
Colin Barber, general manager of the popular town gastropub, took the pub to the Royal Pump Gardens to serve up pints of local ale from Budbrooke’s Church Farm Brewery, with Harry’s Heiffer Pale Ale slipping down very nicely as well as Aspall’s refreshing Suffolk Cyder. He also kept the fizz flowing and made sure visitors dodged the rain on a very wet and misty first day.
Thankfully, the sun shone on day two, and the gardens were packed with happy festival-goers, who enjoyed more of the good stuff from our chefs. Rolls filled with spicy beef brisket, peppers and chorizo were a big hit, as were home-made fish-finger sandwiches with fresh tartare sauce and classic chip butties. Live music from 21st century one man band Thom Kirkpatrick, whose beat combo of one can often be heard at The Star & Garter, got everyone into the festival spirit and a great day out was had by all.
“It was a brilliant festival with a great atmosphere which everyone enjoyed despite the great British weather,” says Colin Barber from The Star & Garter. “We were pleased to see lots of faces we knew and plenty more we didn’t and give them something good to eat and drink. We love getting out of the pub meeting people and got a great reception. Thanks to the organisers for making it special – we’ll be back next year for another helping,” he says.