THE great British pub is fighting back in critical times with a real ale festival to remind drinkers what they have been missing.

Wetherspoons pubs will be offering a range of up to 20 classic British real ales at five pubs during their 17-day real ale festival.

The Wetherspoon pubs will each host the festival from Friday 9 to Sunday 25 October inclusive.

The participating north Cumbrian pubs are The Woodrow Wilson and The William Rufus, both in Botchergate, Carlisle, as well as The Bransty Arch in Bransty Row, Whitehaven, The Henry Bessemer in New Oxford Street, Workington and The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in Bank Street, Keswick.

The beers will be priced at £1.69 a pint.

The festival line-up includes Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, Greene King Abbot Reserve, Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger, Theakston Old Peculier, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Adnams Ghost Ship, Exmoor Gold and Hook Norton Old Hooky.

The Woodrow Wilson manager Andrew Hetherington said: “The festival is a great celebration of classic British ales.

“It will allow us to showcase these superb beers over a 17 day period and also support British brewers.

“All the beers will be available at great value for money


Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available on the Wetherspoon app.

All ales will be available to order via the Wetherspoon app or at the bar in the pub.