Kings Head & Bell Spring Beer Festival

Kings Head and Bell Beer Festival

The Kings Head & Bell on East Saint Helens Street is now being managed by Noreen and Aidan who took over the pub in December.  The pub usually has a changing selection of 3 real ales, but this weekend (Thursday 16th until Sunday 19th) is the spring beer festival featuring a range of Oxfordshire ales. For every pint that is sold, they will be donating 10p to the Air Ambulance charity.

There is a range of activities taking place during the festival:

  • Thursday there will be a quiz
  • Friday is St. Patricks day and has live music from Louise Green
  • Saturday they will be showing 6 Nations Rugby including the England versus Ireland match
  • Sunday afternoon there will be live folk music with Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers from 2pm

Next month we can also look forward to beer festivals from the Black Horse at Gozzard’s Ford (14th-17th April), Brewery Tap (21st-23rd April) and the Nags Head (28th-30th April).

Old Anchor Reopens again

The Old Anchor opened its doors again on 31st January 2017 with new management.  It promises to be run more like a local’s pub again with quiz nights, live music, board games, etc.  It is open every day from noon and will be serving Tapas style food next from next week. Pop along on Saturday (4th February) from 8pm for the grand opening including live music and a free glass of fizz.

It has 5 hand pumps of real ale, which include the usual Morland Original, Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen as well as 2 changing guests and a hand pump serving Old Rosie.

Also, the Punch Bowl has new management this week.  Hopefully nothing much will change.

Also if you have missed recent events, the Broad Face reopened several months ago with a large range of beers including local breweries.  The Kings Head and Bell has also had a recent change of management and they made the local Abingdon Morris men musicians very welcome last Sunday after they had to cancel their existing appointment at the Old Anchor.

On top of our already good pubs that serve good real ale including the Brewery Tap, Nags Head, White Horse, Narrows and Spread Eagle, things are looking good for Abingdon for beer drinkers.