Cheshire’s multi-award winning Yew Tree Inn in Bunbury will celebrate five years of success with an August Bank Holiday beer extravaganza.

And the Thank Yew It’s Friday! Festival will also toast the pub’s latest top award – just voted the Best Freehouse in the North West at the Great British Pub Awards 2015.

The festival runs over four days – from Friday, August 28 – to mark the milestone with a selection of favourite beers chosen by both management and customers from hundreds that have appeared on the bar since the pub was rescued and restored 2010.

With two regular beer festivals held each year, more than 600 cask-conditioned beers have been featured and the Camra Good Beer Guide has praised the pub in each edition since 2011.

The 15 festival beers chosen include a mix of cask-conditioned and ‘craft keg’ – including championship brews Jaipur IPA from Thornbridge in Derbyshire, Old Moor Porter from Acorn of Barnsley and NZ Pale Ale from Hawkshead in Cumbria.

Popular local duo The Beard Band kicks off the celebrations on the Friday evening while on Sunday Tarporley’s Higher Ground trio will perform. Both start at 7pm. The summer menu will run throughout the weekend.

Licensees Jon and Lindsay Cox revived the abandoned village inn with a major restoration prior to re-launching in May 2010. Since then it has become a thriving community pub and destination dining venue, earning entries in many prestigious guides including the Good Pub Guide, the Michelin Guide and Sawdays. Twice voted ‘Pub of the Year’ by the Marketing Cheshire Awards, the inn was also a finalist this year in the GQ Magazine Best Pub Awards and the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Director Jon Cox said: “We have had five terrific years at the Yew Tree and want to celebrate with everyone who has supported us by putting on a very special bank holiday beer festival.

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