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Duke Street mixes business with pleasure as first bottle shop bar comes to busy Darlington street

A Darlington couples dream of opening Duke street’s very first bottle shop bar and off-licence becomes reality as Angels Cut is dubbed as Darlington’s very own “Jewel in the Crown.” Angels Cut which opened its doors in the spring of this year aims to bring a hint of nostalgia to Darlington Town centre with its 1920’s inspired decor and it is the first of its kind in the local area. The bars’ owners are Les…

Beann Gulban Irish Heather Sour ale from the White Hag brewery

I like a sour beer and look out for them in bars, bottle shops and festivals. This week I took delivery of Beann Gulban, an Irish Heather Sour ale from the White Hag brewery in Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland. This is not just any sour but a beer made in the style that dates back to Neolithic times commonly known as a Gruit. A Gruit refers to a spice mix that is added to a…

Beer Festival growing in popularly moves to new venue

AN ANNUAL beer festival growing in popularity is welcoming real ale lovers to join in sampling a range of beers brewed in the North-East. Darlington Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group are hosting this year’s festival in a larger venue than in previous years in a bid to accommodate more guests than ever before. More than 30 casks of indepedent real ale have been delivered to Skinngergate’s Voodoo Cafe, as well as five different ciders…