Hook Norton’s Festival of St George

Hook Norton’s Pear Tree Inn will be celebrating the patron saint of England’s day by holding a week-long Festival of St George from Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th April.

The festival has been organised by the Pear Tree in celebration of Englishness and English traditions. During the week there will be Morris dancing featuring sides from Adderbury, Letchworth and Illmington, an English quiz, Aunt Sally and Darts matches, an Easter egg hunt for children, a ladies’ night and gentlemen’s night as well as a busking night for local amateur entertainers.

Throughout the week will be a ‘Three Lions’ promotion and on St Georges Day itself, Wednesday 23rd, customers will be able to enjoy the most traditional of English dishes, Fish and Chips, cooked the Pear Tree way in their own Hook Norton Brewery Lion beer batter!

Publican John Bellinger, who is also chairman of the North Oxfordshire branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) said, “It’s really important to show how proud we are to be English and this event enables us to do that. Having one of the only remaining family run breweries left in the country just a short walk along the lane from us also helps us to celebrate our Patron saint’s day. The Pear Tree is an icon of Englishness and we intend to reflect that in the week ahead!”

For details of the various events visit http://www.hooky.co.uk/event/all-events/festival-of-st-george.ashx or contact the Pear Tree on 01608 737482.

April is also CAMRA’s Community Pubs Month, a key campaign to encourage pubs to organise events that appeal to the community. CAMRA’s Head of Marketing said, “We would like to raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly!”. For full details of the camra campaign visit http://www.communitypubscampaign.org.uk/