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Easter Beer and Food Festival

Easter Friday 30th March: Start of our Beer and Food Festival with over 20 real ales on offer all weekend. The best beers from the North . Our eminent judges will be sampling the beers in a blind judging. Lunch 12pm – 2pm. Dinner 6 – 8.30pm. reservations being taken.

Easter Saturday 31st March: Pop up Bakery 12 – 3pm. Village saddleback pork and more. Come and meet our fantastic suppliers and buy some yummy treats. BBQ. Outside real ale and cider bar. Reservations being taken for lunch and dinner. Lunch 12 – 3pm. Dinner 6 – 8.30pm.

Easter Sunday Day 1st April: Traditional Sunday lunch 12 – 4.30pm. Public invited to vote for their favourite beer in the people’s choice competition. Reservations being taken now.

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April: The Famous Hedley Barrel Race – you could win 72 pints! egg jarping, Easter bonnet competition, BBQ and more. Run to the pub carrying an empty beer barrel or just watch the fun. Race registration from 11.30 am. Race begins at 1pm. Prize giving 1.30pm. Eggs for jarping on sale after the race. Egg Jarping from 3 pm. Outside real ale and cider bar. BBQ. Raising funds for the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue.
No reservations taken.

The Hedley Barrel Race

Get your team together for this years Barrel Race

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd APRIL

Race at 1pm, registration from 11.30am till 12 noon.

Children can race too*
Best Fancy dress prizes also!

Teams consist of three adults, we recomme

nd you bring gloves for holding the barrel. All three must cross the finish

line together carrying the barrel.

The barrel race is part of our weekend long Beer and Food Festival. This years beer festival celebrates the North East micro brewers, expect Mordue, Allendale, Cullercoats, Credence and much more.

Call us if you would like more information 01661 843 607
* Children must be in teams of three, aged 10 or over and with permission from parent or guardian.

The race usually follows this course. It is approx 1 mile uphill over farmer’s land then along the road to finish at the pub. Racers must make their own way to the start.
If you arrive via New Ridley road, then take the Hedley road as signposted. Take the first track you come to on your left, follow this to the end and through the gate, this is the start of the race.
Egg Jarping

When hard-boiled eggs come to blows.

Forget the chocolate variety: the Easter tradition in the north-east of England is a competition where you try to smash an opponent’s egg with yours. here’s a guide:

1 You need hard-boiled eggs, but don’t get any ideas about warming your eggs on the radiator or coating them in nail varnish. Jarping-egg-tampering will not be tolerated. They are provided on the day for £1 each. All proceeds to the North Of Tyne Mountain Rescue.

2 It’s a one-on-one, knockout tournament. One player holds their egg firmly in their hand. The second player brings their egg down, in a movement known as a “dunsh”. No runups – feet on the ground please.

3 If either egg is cracked after the first jarp, the unlucky player is eliminated. If both eggs remain intact, swap places and keep jarping until one egg gives way.

4 The victor. That is the bearer of a perfect, undented egg, while others are scooping up broken bits of shell from the floor.


Posted: December 2, 2014 10:54 pm in