Things were looking grim until, riding to the rescue, came the University Sports and Social Club in Mill Lane - a well-known haven for real ale in its own right. A deal was done and the Festival will be going ahead there from Thursday 27 January to Saturday 29 January 2005. (Festival Web pages)
The sessions will be 5pm to 10.30pm on Thursday and Friday then 11am to 10.30pm on Saturday. Please note that there is no public session on Friday lunchtime as the Club needs to be open then to its members only.
Apart from the change of venue, the formula will be the same as ever. The emphasis is on seasonal ales and winter warmers but there will also be plenty of session beers. We expect to start off with around 60 ales though some will no doubt disappear fast.
Hot and cold food will be served at all sessions.
If last year is anything to go by, the evening sessions will be immensely popular so get there early to avoid disappointment. Evening entrance is £2 (free for CAMRA members). Saturday daytime entrance is free.
We reckon this will be a cracking venue and we're hugely grateful to the Club for saving the day. Hope to see you there.
As always, we would very much welcome offers of help to staff the Festival. Please contact Paul Ainsworth if you can spare any time, even a couple of hours.