Allanton beer festival

Leona Thomson from Eyemouth will be behind the bar welcoming people to the Allanton Inn beer festival
Leona Thomson from Eyemouth will be behind the bar welcoming people to the Allanton Inn beer festival

The Allanton Inn is preparing to celebrate the arrival of summer by holding its first festival, to be held over this coming weekend.

The Inn’s first Beer and Food Festival will take place over the weekend of June 20-21.

Katrina Reynolds moved back to the Borders from Edinburgh with husband William to run the Inn in 2010.

She was delighted to return to the area where she grew up and where her family have farmed for over 60 years.

Of the festival, Katrina said: “We are running the event over both days that weekend but the main event is on the Sunday when we are celebrating the arrival of summer with it being the longest day, the summer solstice, and Fathers Day!

“We have at least 22 beers and four ciders on offer over the weekend from local breweries such as East Lothian Knops Brewery, Born in the Borders and the North East Sonnet 43.”

She went on: “Others are from further afield such as Leeds, Stafford, Stoke on Trent and Sussex.

“We also have great summery-sounding beers ordered, including Californian Common (Knops), Solstice (Leeds), Summer Daze (Arundel), “Easy” Rider (Kelham Island), Steam Beer (Sonnet 43), Pitchfork and Top Totty, to name but a few.”

And it’s not just going to be the sound of smacking lips and glasses being downed, because there are culinary and musical elements to the festival, too.

“We have local duo Summerland playing on Sunday afternoon from2-5pm,” said Katrina, “and a hog roast provided by our local Pork supplier Oink. What better treat for all Fathers - pig and pint!

“We are passionate about the fantastic local produce the Borders has to offer so we will be showcasing some of the best local produce for our guests to enjoy! Over the weekend we will be serving Holy Island oysters, shucked to order, Border Burgers (made from local pork, lamb and beef), fresh Eyemouth seafood in the form of paella and beer battered Eyemouth haddock (from Ross Dougal) and hand-cut chips. Also available all weekend will be Gicaopazzi’s Ice-cream.

“We hope the weather will be kind to us this weekend as the festival will take place in our beer garden to the rear of the Allanton Inn where our guests can enjoy open views over the rolling Berwickshire countryside.

“Entry is free and we hope this will be the first of many Beer Festivals at The Allanton Inn.”

More information can be found on the inn’s Facebook page, with more details and photos posted as the week goes on.