Mitchell's of Lancaster have acquired York Brewery and it's four pubs (including Mr Foley's in Leeds). York Brewery will be supplying many of Mitchell's 60 or so pubs, which must leave them in a very strong trading position. Mitchell's will be looking to acquire suitable premises in Yorkshire to add to the York Brewery pubs.
Not so good news in York, where the popular Black Swan (Peaseholme Green) has closed suddenly. Hopefully Enterprise Inns (who own the pub) will find a new landlord soon, but for now the comedy club and folk night and regular drinkers need to find a new home.
One pub I thought might have closed for good years ago is Elland's Drop Inn, but today, thanks to it's latest owners (Ossett) and landlord (Tom) this pub is a "must visit".
The weekend saw a festival of strong and mainly dark winter ales. Mauldons "Peggotty's Porter" (4.1%) and Oakham "Attilla" (7.5%) both hit the spot.