Real Ale, Good Food & Live Music in Reedham on the Norfolk Broads
For this Beer Festival we will have a selection of real ales, local ciders and live
entertainment for the weekend.
After a year as the landlord and landlady of the Lord Nelson, Bill and Ros decided
to have their first “Reedham Riverside Beer Festival”. They opted for a four day
event over the August Bank Holiday weekend, running from midday till midnight. There
was a mix of beers from around the area including locally brewed “Humpty Dumpty”,
“Green Jack” and “Wolf” mixed in with beers from further afield, some old favourites
and some new. Of the twenty-four beers on at any one time eighteen were served from
the barrel and the remaining from hand pumps on the bar. Amongst the well received
were the Humpty Dumpty’s Reedcutter which sold a barrel in 40mins and the stronger
Baltic Trader at 10.5% abv from the Green Jack Brewery which lasted the weekend.
Bill had sourced a list of over fifty beers and ciders, forty of which were finished
over the weekend.
This all coincided on the Sunday with the first “Reedham Duck Race” in support of
the village school and the last tour date of “The Water Rats” jazz band on the Monday
lunch time. This was by no means the only entertainment over the weekend, performances
by local musicians such as the “Chuffinches”, “Jon Collorick”, “Sylvanne” and “The
Bug Hunters” added a great party atmosphere to the weekend. Still every time there
was a break in the entertainment local musicians “Danny and Carl” would start playing
acoustic sets that turned into some great jam sessions as other musicians joined
in. There were many local performers who popped over to support the event and some
ended up playing short sets. Singer/songwriter Vicky Grady a regular performer at
the “Reedham Beer Festival” at the “Railway Tavern” did a short impromptu solo session
as did the young but equally talented Rachael Leech who was lent a guitar and jumped
Ros worked away in the kitchen providing great meals for the customers in addition
to the hot snacks served by the Lucky Charm Breakfast Bar. This service was available
from early in the morning through till late at night. The revellers who stayed the
night aboard boats on the free moorings outside the pub or at the Ferry Inn camp
site were very happy to see that breakfast and large mugs of tea and coffee were
available from the breakfast bar on the riverside each morning. What a great view
that is for any one, looking out over the marshes and past the railway swing bridge
outside the Ship Inn which was also the starting point of the Duck Race.