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29th March 2015

Big Easter ‘beer hunt’ and music treat at the Yew Tree

Easter Beer Hunt -

An Easter weekend packed with beer and music delights will be rolled out by the multi award winning Yew Tree Inn at Spurstow, near Tarporley.


Pub licensee Jon Cox has combed the land from London to north-east Scotland to gather-in an impressive array of some twenty cask and craft keg ales to be sampled alongside top live music and culinary specials.


The brewery line up ranges across the UK to include: Scotland’s Windswept of Lossiemouth, Nine Standards from North Yorkshire, Springhead of Nottinghamshire, Mad Hatter of Liverpool,  Sunbeam of Leeds,  Oxfordshire’s Loddon, Salford’s First Chop, Bingley Brewery and Wiltshire’s Box Steam, along with the capital’s Brick, Caveman, Portobello and the recently launched London Beer Factory. There’s a wide range of styles from blonde, golden and pale ales to black IPA and porter.


The music kicks off on the Thursday (April 2) evening with local soloist Amber Prothero, a talented young female artist from Tarporley soon to release her first album. Good Friday sees a performance from The Mac Brothers, the Liverpool duo who made it to the BBC’s The Voice, followed by The Beard Band duo on Easter Sunday.

Twice voted ‘Pub of the Year’ by the Marketing Cheshire Awards, the Yew Tree has earned high praise in the Camra Good Beer Guide and other top food and drink guides – including Michelin and Sawdays – since being re-launched by Jon and Lindsay Cox in 2010. It is currently a finalist in the GQ magazine Best Pub Awards.

Jon Cox said: “We support local ales the year round, but for Easter we are bringing in delicious brews from around the UK, with several rarely seen in Cheshire – from blonde and hoppy styles right like Caveman Citra to dark and sturdy Nine Standards’ No3 Porter. This year we have hunted out beers from some of London’s acclaimed new wave brewers along with a fine selection from the north.

“Once again we embrace the new often stronger‘craft keg’ brews, which we offer in third pint glasses. We also have a top line up of musical talent from the area, including Tarporley’s own very talented Amber Prothero.”

The festival runs from Thursday evening until Easter Monday night.  Entry is free throughout the weekend with beer discounts for Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) members.


The new Spring Menu is available over the weekend, except on Sunday evening, along with a gourmet burger ‘Return of the Mac’.


It is the Yew Tree’s fifth Easter festival and since 2010 more than 450 cask-conditioned beers have appeared on the bar.End/ref: The Yew Tree PR23 (b) Easter Beer Festival 2015.

Picture Caption: Easter Beer Hunt – Yew Tree landlord Jon Cox (left) returns from a beer hunt to raise a glass to the Easter Beer Festival with bar worker Sophie Rowlands and assistant manager Myles Carr.

Notes to editors.

Beers featured over the weekend include: Caveman Citra  Caveman Palaeolithic, Springhead Robin Hood,  Nine Standards No.3 Porter, Windswept APA and Blonde,  Box Steam Brewery Old Number Eight,, Portobello Very Pale Ale, Brick Brewery Sir Thomas Gardner Pale and Blenheim Black, London Beer Factory’s London Session and Parker Pale,  plus Sunbeam Tornado, Loddon Hullabaloo & Hoppit, First Chop TEA  and Bingley Brewery’s Blonde along with several beers in both cask and keg from  Liverpool’s new Mad Hatter brewery.


The Yew Trees will be judged in VisitEngland Awards for Excellence this summer. 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 Guideawards 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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