Pub landlords go the extra yard for bank holiday weekend supplies

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Two pub landlords made a 750 mile road trip this week to ensure they have the best in Cornish for their annual beer festival at The Bull Inn, Olney, this bank holiday weekend.

James Lomax and Mark Girling, joint landlords of the pub, made the long trip down to Cornwall with former Bath and England rugby player, Cornishman Keith Plummer, to get hold of some beers and ciders that otherwise wouldn’t be seen north of Exeter.

James said: “We wanted to do something a little different this year.

“We decided to focus on a specific area of the country – in addition to having our very local Olney Hopping Mad beer and the Milton Keynes Virtual Orchard Cider.

“So we decided to focus on Cornwall. We will have more than 20 ales in total, including St Austell, Sharps, Skinners, St Ives and Rebel brewery, and we also visited some of the smallest independent cider – producers in the country, that are often no more than a space in a barn in a farmyard.

“As for Keith, we needed some local knowledge as some of the places we went to were no more than hamlets. We have a close affiliation with Olney Rugby Club, so when he heard that we were going to his neck of the woods Keith offered to show us round.”

The Bulls beer festival will run from Friday, August 23 to Sunday and will feature over 40 Cornish ales, ciders and Cornish lager, together with traditional Cornish pasties and homemade sausages, and live music from local bands The Zeroes and rock cover band The Lash.