It's popularity and success haven't come without hard work though and Sam Smith and her team must be congratulated for keeping the pub very much at the forefront of the local ale scene. Imaginative and often innovative ideas, using popular social networking sites to spread the word, have ensured The Sportsman is rarely out of the news, seizing any and every opportunity to promote itself - a necessary and admirable quality in these depressed times.
Naturally then, the first anniversary of this remarkable revival won't be allowed to pass by without some little celebration. Starting at noon on Friday 23rd April there will be a weekend festival with outside bar, including five beers specially brewed for the occasion! Loads more beers will be on inside plus of course the sort of food fayre for which the pub is now famous.
Friday & Saturday night's festivities will feature live music and we understand there will be a sale of some local brewery stuff during the three day festival. If it all sounds too good to miss then it probably is, so come along and thank Sam for giving us another good reason to be proud of our town's great pubs and the incredible choice they offer.
Just to check the Sportsman out for quality control etc.etc, 3 of the editorial team met up there Friday afternoon and I, for one, was impressed with the range of beer on offer. Specials on a newly set up bar at the back of the pub from Empire, Golcar, Anglo Dutch, Fernandes and Acorn along with Mallinsons were all good, and in the latter two cases excellent. On the bar were 8 beers from Yorkshire breweries and all were interesting. The only draw back was the payment on the outside bar which was ticket only and there was no information as to how to obtain tickets but this is a minor gripe. A good little festival and one that showed how far the Sportsman has come in its short life. (Ps if anyone knows the hops used in the Acorn special I would be glad to hear from you, it was a stunningly different beer) ...Timbo.
Check out The Sportsman's website for details of this and all up-coming events.