The Major Oak on Pelham Road/Victoria Street in Nottingham is hosting an ale festival. Starting on Thursday 22nd August and continuing throughout the bank holiday weekend, the pub will use the festival as an opportunity to raise money for the Nottingham stroke unit at the Queens Medical Centre.

Deputy manager of the Major Oak, which is owned and operated by the award-winning Stonegate Pub Company, Anthony Galvin said: “We are very supportive of this charity, as they saved the life of one of our loyal customers, Archie Brock, several years ago. Archie spends a lot of time with our staff and has long been considered part of the Major Oak family.”

Archie will officially open the festival at 5pm on Thursday, by pouring himself a pint of Brocks Best Bitter, his very own brew which he created with Pete Hounsell from Amber Ales Brewery who are based in Derbyshire. Pete will also be attending the festival, offering insight into the brewery business.

Guests will get the chance to sample a wide range of delicious beers with ten cask ales being poured straight from the barrel and an additional eight beers offered on hand pulls from microbreweries across the country.
There will also be a delicious complimentary finger buffet served on both Thursday and Friday. The pub will be showing live football matches from the Sky Bet League and the Barclays Premier League on their big screen throughout the weekend.

The event will be held indoors and entertainment includes local band, Johnny Johnson Quintet, who will take the stage on Friday evening. They have been playing live jazz in Nottingham since 1962 and are known crowd pleasers.
All proceeds from the Brocks Best Bitter sales, which will be the main feature beer, will go to the charity and the team have organised a raffle with a grand prize of a 4.5 gallon pin, which has been donated by Cottage Brewery in Somerset.

The team have also put together a special competition where guests can guess the amount of pints sold throughout the weekend, for the chance of winning a gallon of beer.