Thursday, 29 December 2011

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New arrivals at cluckingham palace.  Colin and Alison’s Christmas gifts from Dale Head.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ,  Note,,,These birds are not for eating.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Thursday, 22 December 2011

WeardAle Brewery one year on.

It’s practically a year now since  Colin built his first brewery in the cellar of the pub.  Since then he has been brewing great beers, which are now recognised by Camra and are in their Good Beer Guide. 

WeardAle Brewery is currently expanding and Colin is currently building his new bigger and more efficient brewery.

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Merry Christmas carols

The Stanhope youth band entertained the good folk of Westgate with seasonal tunes.

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Monday, 21 November 2011

more photos turn up from Beerfest.

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Shock Horror, Colin drinks coffee!

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Liberation for Haswicks

With work continuing at a slow pace on the upgrading of Haswicks Bridge, the people of Westgate were becoming increasingly angry and frustrated.


  A temporary foot bridge has at last  been built over the River Wear  reuniting the Village again.

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Graeme Pears memorial 2011 pool tournament


Hi all hope to see you all again and remember Graeme and have another great day, entries in for around 1.30pm anyone who cant make it for that time either mail me or txt or call me on 07710124374

Carlos Graham

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Hare and Hounds Sea Angling Club go for a few drinks.

WeardAle Brewery sent a barrel of Bitter & Twisty to the Darlington CAMRA Rhythm & Brews 2011 Beer Festival at the Darlington Arts Centre.
A few of us made our way out of Westgate, to sample the tough competition from over 50 cask conditioned ales by Great Britain’s finest small breweries, all on hand pull.
A wonderful time was had by all. Between  our four  beer drinkers we could only manage to sample 46 of the casks. (Must do better next time)
Alison and I also managed to see some art, what a bonus!
The Festival made a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance
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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Darts team venture out of the Dale.

The darts team and their partners travelled in the community bus to The Four Alls pub, in Ovington for a social night. We enjoyed good food, real ale and darts.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Kerens A braver girl than me.

Keren is doing a parachute jump for charity, If you would like to make a donation please click the link to Just Giving above.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Top Dog and Top Cucumber

As Colin launches his Top Dog Beer Ali launches her Top Cucumber (1st) from her Garden of Eden, or as she calls it the poly tunnel.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

End of the darts season

Micheal Ginty received his trophies for the highest finish in the league a 170 checkout and for being in the finals of the doubles.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Familiar furnishings

These photos are from the peoples collection at Beamish museum and show the interior of the chapel at High town Westgate.
To regular drinkers in the Hare and Hounds the pews and metal grills will be familiar to them as they were to the regular congregation of the former chapel. The pub and the Chapel were built by the same masons in the early 1790's. When the chapel ceased to be a place of worship some of the chapel fittings were removed and had a new lease of life in another place of popular worship.

Friday, 8 April 2011

lips that touch liquor

Buff Beer

To mark the retirement of George, the pubs Buff Orpington cockerel Colin has brewed a new beer.   George was Alison’s pet bird and she has named this beer “Ginger Cock” its 3.8%vol refreshing and bright, a beer for the summer. This is a brand spanking new beer on its first apperance in the pub and its selling well.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Colin's Bitter and Twisty

Colin has produced the finest yet. the new brew 'Colin's Bitter and Twisty' is superb to say the least. The first barrel was released to the consuming masses and was gone within hours!! A barrel has been taken to the beer festival in Darlington this week. It's so good the locals have been rationed because he can't brew it fast enough.......yet!. To all those who love their beer - come and enjoy.
As an aside, the Hare and Hounds Darts team have almost slayed the giant of the Golden Lion (2nd in the League) by leaving them a difficult victory of 7-5 to the lion. Well done!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Worst snow storm of last year.

BBC “Bang goes the theory” broadcast last night researched  the worst snow storm in Britain last year was in Westgate in Weardale ,Co Durham :

On the 2nd of December 2010. In 24 hours, 55cm. of snow fell on Westgate with a temperature of -5 degrees centigrade, together with a wind speed of 40mph resulting in a wind chill of -30 degrees.

Michael Ginnty remembers it well. He said “That’s the night the mushrooms growing on my toilet door died”

Postscript: Last night the darts team were Winners

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

George retires

George the big ginger cockerel from the pub has been replaced by a young pretender. George has gone to live in retirment and is very happy with a small flock of young hens in Westgate allotments.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Monday, 17 January 2011

Yorkshire puddings to die for.

The ever popular Sunday Carvery at the Hare and Hounds continues to attract dinners from all along the Dale and throughout the county. On Sunday 16th January, the kitchen and carvery excelled, producing  good food for all the dinners. As always it’s all down to team work and the team certainly worked together this week. The Yorkshire puddings were exceptional, with the batter made by Margaret, using her authentic Yorkshire recipe.
Postscript : I forgot to mention, Colin and Alison were having a wonderful holiday in Mexico trusting their
 staff to look after the hungry folk of the county.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

170 check out from Michael (Haswicks)

Extraordinary scores on Thursday when the H&H red shirts (the darts team) took on the Cross Keys. We came second, 5 games to their 7. It goes without saying we should have won more.

However some great scores from our team. Tony managed a brilliant 180 followed by a truly spectacular 170 check out from Michael (Haswicks)