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Best of British drinks on show at Hammersmith festival

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Image captionCelebrate the best of British drinks and food at The Pear Tree pub in Hammersmith

It’s time to start hunkering down for winter. And there is no better way to get started than with a local festival celebrating the best of British drinks and food in Hammersmith.

Wine tasting, unusual ales and sparkling cocktails will warm the cockles during the debut festival at The Pear Tree pub in Margravine Road, near Charing Cross Hospital.

Image caption: Lulu Gwynne, landlady at The Pear Tree pub

The event will kick off on Friday 11 November and run through the weekend, with a mix of live music and hearty food to accompany the range of drinks.

Among new drinks to be showcased during the festival are the award-winning Wye Valley ale Butty Bach, as well as Hop House Lager 13 and Guinness Golden Ale, both from the Guinness Brewer’s Project latest range of craft beers.

The Pear Tree manager Lara Pownall explained the Butty Bach is a particularly special drink to try. “We are the only pub in London to serve this beer – it’s very easy drinking, a nice, smooth ale and quite hoppy,” she said.

As well as the new beers on offer behind the bar, the festival will feature a cocktail station and a wine-tasting session, that will take place at 3pm on Sunday 13 November.

A wine expert will lead grape-lovers through a tour of The Pear Tree’s selection of wines, including eight reds, eight whites, two rose wines, and a sparkling rose.

Drinks will be available to buy as Christmas presents, including English sparkling wine from family-run Tuffon Hall Vineyard in North Essex.

Meanwhile, The Pear Tree landlord Daz Seager will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, preparing a special festival menu of tasty dishes such as steak and kidney pudding.

The pub is on the lookout for local bands, groups and solo artists to take part in the musical side of the festival – to get in touch call 020 7381 1787.

Image caption: The Pear Tree Drinking Festival 2016