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27th August 2015


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Cheshire’s multi-award winning Yew Tree Inn at Spurstow, near Tarporley, will celebrate five years of success with an August Bank Holiday beer extravaganza.


And the Thank Yew It’s Friday! Festival will also toast the pub’s latest top award – just voted the Best Freehouse in the North West by the Great British Pub Awards 2015, organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser. The festival runs over four days- from Friday August 28 – to mark the milestone anniversary with a selection of favourite beers chosen by both management and customers from hundreds that have appeared on the bar since the pub was rescued and restored 2010.


With two regular beer festivals held each year, more than 600 cask-conditioned beers have been featured and the Camra Good Beer Guide has praised the pub in each edition since 2011.  The 15 festival beers chosen include a mix of cask-conditioned and ‘craft keg’ – including championship brews Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge in Derbyshire, Old Moor Porter from Acorn of Barnsley and NZ Pale Ale from Hawkshead in Cumbria. Popular local duo The Beard Band kicks off the celebrations on the Friday evening while on Sunday Tarporley’s Higher Ground trio will perform. Both start at 7pm. The summer menu will run throughout the weekend.


Licensees Jon and Lindsay Cox revived the abandoned village inn with a major restoration prior to re-launching in May 2010. Since then it has become a thriving community pub and destination dining venue, earning entries in many prestigious guides including the Good Pub Guide, the Michelin Guide and Sawdays.  Twice voted ‘Pub of the Year’ by the Marketing Cheshire Awards, the inn was also a finalist this year in the GQ Magazine Best Pub Awards and the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.**


Director Jon Cox said: “We have had five terrific years at the Yew Tree and want to celebrate with everyone who has supported us by putting on a very special bank holiday beer festival. We asked our regular customers for the top five beers they wanted to see back here and then put together a list of our favourite beers from across the country – from Yorkshire, the Derbyshire dales and the Lake District to London. It was tough, but we are expecting a great weekend raising a glass or two to our next five years.”





Since opening The Yew Tree has held several fund raising events for local charities and recently raised £3500 for St Luke’s Hospice with a charity golf day. A charity clay pigeon shoot will be held in the autumn and tickets are now sale for a charity open air cinema evening on September 4 in the Paddock alongside the pub – where regular farmer’s markets are also held.

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Photograph caption:

Thank Yew for five years: Some of the Yew Tree team raise a glass to success. L- R: Rob McDiarmid (head chef), Ellie Car (assistant manager), Matt Marren (sous chef) raise a glass to celebrate the Yew Tree’s success

Notes to editors.


The Yew Tree represented Cheshire to claim bronze in the Tourism Pub of the Year class at the VisitEngland Awards 2013.  The Spurstow hostelry was voted both Cheshire’s Dining Pub of the Year by the prestigious Good Pub Guide 2014, the “North West’s Best Freehouse 2013″ in the BT Great British Pub Awards for 2013, and received the ‘Highest Quality Assured’ award from Taste North West.

The Good Pub Guide awards the Yew Tree stars for the outstanding food, exceptional beer quality, wine choice and ‘plenty of individuality while the Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) Good Beer Guide describes the Yew Tree Inn as ‘a handsome village pub, built by The Earl of Crewe in the 19th century now lovingly refurbished to its former glory.’


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