A very Merry Christmas at Leyland pub wonderland

FESTIVE CHEER: The Withy Arms pub in Leyland has transformed its beer garden into a winter wonderland for a Christmas-themed beer festival in December
FESTIVE CHEER: The Withy Arms pub in Leyland has transformed its beer garden into a winter wonderland for a Christmas-themed beer festival in December
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It’s not just Rudolph who has a red nose at this time of year- drinkers in Leyland are queuing up to get into a cool new beer garden.

Inspired by the Manchester Christmas markets, bosses at the Withy Arms in Worden Lane, Leyland, have transformed their back yard into a winter wonderland for their first Christmas Beer Festival.

Special wooden huts have been made, there’s Christmas trees, decorations, cut-outs of Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas, and 14 different cask ales along with eight lagers, ciders, mulled wine and bitters.

Fires and patio heaters have been fitted, but with temperatures plunging below zero this week, customers are being urged to wrap up warm.

General manager John Travill said: “It’s the first beer festival of its kind anywhere, and it’s causing quite a stir.

“Festivals usually take place in the summer and all the cask ales are warm, but ours are directly connected to the cellar, so they’re nice and chilled.

“We’ve made it really comfortable and we can even offer blankets for ladies incase they’re not warm enough.

“We’ve been taking in a lot of parties and people are enjoying having their picture taken with the cut-outs.”

He added: “We got the idea from seeing the popularity of Christmas markets, but people can also come and dine outside here.

“It’s so popular that we’re asking people to make sure they book before they come.”

The festival and the winter wonderland will remain until December 31, open everyday from 6pm till closing time.