The Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW) will be holding its 3rd Woodfest in May and for the first time it is in Greater London. It is the only beer festival in the country that serves all of its real ale exclusively from wooden casks.
The location will be the Winchester Room of the Turks Head, 28 Winchester Road, St Margaret’s TW1 1LF. The pub is a few minutes’ walk from St Margaret’s railway station. The festival runs from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 May and will be open Thursday 3pm to 10pm, Friday 12pm to 10pm and Saturday 12pm to 8pm.
We hope to have up to 60 beers from the wood, including some from London and Surrey breweries such as Fullers, Brixton, Mondo, Pilgrim and Wimbledon which are being ordered now. A list will be put up on the website. Ticket prices have not yet been decided, so keep an eye on our website www.spbw.beer and social media; updates will be listed there. For further information contact email@example.com.
The Woodfest Beer of Britain (WBOB) competition will be held before the festival opens and the results announced during the event.
The Turks Head is owned by Fullers and was built in 1902. It is a genuine street corner pub offering fine beers and food and its location makes it a popular meeting place for rugby fans on international weekends. The pub is now run by Ollie Colombeau, who previously successfully managed the Star in Belgravia. There will be a barbecue in the beer garden (with veggie options) as well as the SPBW shop and a tombola.
The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ pictured Ringo playing darts at the bar; this was filmed on 10 March 1964. Most of the film was shot at the nearby Twickenham Film Studios. The pub has been a place of pilgrimage for fans of the Fab Four ever since, so why not make your own pilgrimage to the Turks Head in May and enjoy beers from the wood?
Aidan Kerrigan, Festival Organiser
Roger Jacobson, Committee member