Ready for Bank holiday bonanza

New landlord at The Beck, Bradford Road, Adrian Whitworth
New landlord at The Beck, Bradford Road, Adrian Whitworth

l This Bank Holiday weekend at The Sun Inn, Rastrick, landlady Natalie Hayton will be having a cider festival.

On Sunday, after having the ciders on chill since the beginning of the week, Natalie has stocked ciders ranging from bag in the box Western’s Country Perry, Rosie pig and Old Rosie, Orchard Pig’s Philosopher and Explorer, plus Thatcher’s Country, and weather permitting they will be served in the beer garden outside bar.

There will also be a range of bottled ciders on offer from the bar itself, ranging from 4.5 per cent to a cloudy scrumpy cider that is 7.8 per cent.

The barbecue will be lit from 1pm until 3pm, then again at 5pm until 7pm with a gazebo erected just in case. There will be music all day long and everyone is welcome!

l Owner Rachel Bray at Jeremy’s has a packed weekend for the Bank Holiday with a real party theme. The line up features three of their favourite bands all playing a great mix of Motown, soul, funk and disco.

Friday is Funkifive followed on Saturday by The Funkside Soul Band. Then on Sunday afternoon they will slow the pace down with the acoustic sounds of Georgia Thursting, but then things liven up again with Soundtown playing from 7pm to finish off the weekend in style.

l At the Barge tonight (Thursday) the weekly jam session is with Mick from Psychoslinkys, then on Friday evening they have The McCarrons. Saturday night is the Rock and Roll Outlaws, followed on Sunday by the Honeybeez 168.

l The Prince Albert , aka ‘Pop’ Inn , at Waring Green, is hosting a family fun day on Sunday complete with a bouncy castle and barbecue plus live outside entertainment.

l Adrian Whitworth at The Beck, Bradford Road , has top entertainment this Friday night from 8pm, Electric Blues with Blood Sweat and Beers versus Rainey Street and Jake Smallbones.

On Sunday they have the acoustic session with Bella Gaffney, Alum Griffiths and Shelbi Hoole from 3pm.

There will also be a barbecue.

l Landlord Trevor Greenwood at The Commercial and Railway Inn has plenty going off, starting tonight (Thursday) with a quiz hosted by Scouse and the jackpot is currently at £235.

On Friday it is Jam Night. Bring your instruments, all welcome and all abilities welcome, even pass on your talents and teach those who are there.

On Saturday evening they have a 1940s and 1950s sing-a-long with Piano Mark. Then on Sunday its a 1960s and 1970s disco with DJ PJ plus free music quiz and karaoke from 7pm until midnight. They are also tying this in with an over 40s singles night.

l Marsha Jones at The Old Ship Inn now has Sky Sports and BT sports installed and will be showing all the weekend’s top sporting action.

The new autumn menu will be launched in the next couple of weeks and on the bar, Marsha now has a selection of cocktails with five to choose from.

Big plans are also afoot to coincide with the Canal Festival.

l I had a quick chat with Karl Rowley at The Shepherds Arms, Cowcliffe.

The Rastrick-based chef, who took over the superb eating house just over the hill from Rastrick and Fixby with his brother last year, is still waiting to hear on his bid for the pub but in the meantime they are pleased with how it is all going and the food reviews are spot on.

Karl also informs me that the pub is in bloom and the local residents and patrons are all commenting on his excellent floral display.