Tamworth pub gets a twin at this years beer festival

Thursday, 4th September 2014

One of Tamworth’s oldest pubs is about to get itself a twin – and the relationship will be celebrated at this year’s beer festival!

The Sir Robert Peel pub, in Lower Gungate has twinned with German pub ‘Zum Hirsch’, which is in Tamworth’s German twin town, Bad Laasphe.

Last week the landlord and landlady of the Sir Robert Peel – Tony and Paula Hill – took a trip to Bad Laasphe with the twinning association to spend a few days getting to know the owners, Uli and Petra.

And to celebrate the new relationship, more than 20 people from Bad Laasphe – including their Mayor Dr Torsen Spillman – will be visiting the Sir Robert Peel pub this week for a taste of Tamworth.

They will also be heading to Tamworth Beer festival on Thursday with Tony and Paula. The week before, people from Tamworth went to Bad Laasphe’s beer festival.

Tony Hill, landlord of the Sir Robert Peel, said: “It was brilliant to visit Bad Laasphe and we had such a wonderfully warm welcome from everyone we met there.

“It has been very special to build our friendship with (names of owners) and I am really looking forward to hosting them for a few days here and repaying their kindness.

“It is great they are visiting Tamworth Beer Festival which our pub supports every year, especially as this year is all about building links with our German twin town.”

When Tony arrived in Bad Laasphe, he and the Twinning Association were met at the fountain in the Market Square with a band, before a ceremony took place in the pub to cement and celebrate their new twinning relationship.

• Tamworth’s three-day beer festival opens it doors at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Thursday September 4th to Saturday September 6th. Doors open at 11am each day and close at 11pm.

• With more than 90 real ales, perries and ciders on offer, there really will be something for everyone.

• Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Richard Kingstone has commissioned local brewery, Church End to make a special brew – ‘Portoclock’ – on his behalf. He will unveil this at Tamworth’s festival.

All profits from the festival will go to St Giles Hospice.

Admission prices:
• CAMRA members FREE entry at all times.
• £3 entry except Friday and Saturday when entrance is £4 after 5pm.