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26th September 2014


TWO beer and cider festivals, held for the first time in the North East this summer, were such a success they look set to be repeated.
Lovers of real ale and cider flocked to The Runhead Bar and Grill, Holburn Lane, Ryton and the Sandpiper, Farringdon Road, Cullercoats, last month (August) to sample a wide range of drinks from the region’s finest craft breweries.
Wylam and Cullercoats breweries; Firebrick Brewery, at Blaydon; Anarchy Brew Co, Morpeth and Matfen-based High House Farm Brewery, each showcased three ales at each festival.
In addition, drinkers had a choice of five ciders at the Runhead festival and three at the Sandpiper event with each festival also offering food and family entertainment
Over the course of the two day Cullercoats event, more than 1155 pints were served, while the three-day Ryton festival resulted in the sale of 1685 beers and ciders.
Now, Newcastle-based Malhotra Group, which owns the venues, has announced plans to repeat the festivals next year.
“We had never tried anything like this before,” said Atul Malhotra, director of The Malhotra Group, “But not only were the festivals a great commercial success, they have led to a continued increase in the popularity of the drinks we showcased.
“Both The Sandpiper and The Runhead are at the heart of their communities and the feedback from local residents and first time visitors alike has been excellent.
“So much so that we are now making plans to ensure next year’s festivals are even better.”
Along with The Runhead and Sandpiper, Newcastle-based Malhotra Group owns and manages Scalini’s restaurants at Jesmond and Gosforth; the Three Mile Inn, also Gosforth; Osbornes at Jesmond and Market Lane in the city centre.                                                     
For further information about The Runhead call 0191 413 9517 or visit For information about The Sandpiper call 0191 253 5050 or visit
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25 September 2014.
Emma Walker, BA (Hons)
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