Tombstone Beer & Cider Festival Hailed a Great Success

Covering the whole of the Easter celebrations, Tombstone Brewery & Saloon Bar in Great Yarmouth hosted a fantastic weekend of beer and cider tasting, tasty home prepared food, and some excellent musical entertainment. 

Although not accompanied by the promised improved weather forecast for most of the duration of the festival, the small but hard working team at Tombstone certainly didn't shirk a shift, and all of them worked tirelessly over the entire weekend to deliver quality ales, sumptuous ciders, stone-fired home made pizzas, hot roast pork rolls, belly laughs and giggles. All complimented by three brilliant musical acts over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Both bars were open for the duration, and after a slow start on Friday, word quickly passed between the thirsty folk of Great Yarmouth, holidaymakers, and visitors from out of town, and the festival grew in attendance, and any thoughts of Easter eggs were forgotten amongst the froth and laughter.

Bar 1 Tombstone Festival

Music across the weekend was a fantastic free bonus, which accompanied the free entry, and if you'd like to see a few videos of the great artists, check out our Facebook page.

Friday night saw the much anticipated Ukulele Simon hit the stage. Simon possesses a unique style using effects, looping, beatbox and anything unconventional to push the limits of what the ukulele, and other small guitars can do. Simon played a great vibrant set, and we even got a rock medley to boot. Check Simon out here:

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Ukulele Simon

All through the weekend, Paul our friendly owner, landlord and brewer supplied beautiful stone-fired delights from his beloved pizza oven, plus other tasty hot treats. These were appreciated by all, as they helped ease the path of overindulgence, as we attempted to sample as many of the liquid masterpieces on offer. Classic and alternate real ales, and sumptuous ciders from all over the country. 

Paul and Pizza

Saturdays entertainment was provided by the extremely lively Isaac Lister. A combination of raucous yet refined guitar playing was not only accompanied by a fine singing voice, but also musical friends that had made the journey over with him, performing tracks from new album 'Spectacular Man' and other classic numbers. To find out more about Isaac, click here:

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Isaac Lister

Bar 2, next door to Tombstones usual main bar, housed large racks holding 20 more real ales. This bar was manned the entire weekend by the lovely barman and brewer, Ian. His expert knowledge in helping folk pick out which ales to try did not go unnoticed or unappreciated by many. Top man, good skills Sir.

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Ian - Bar 2 - Tombstone Festival

The musical entertainment for the weekend was brought to a climax on Sunday afternoon by the very accomplished Steve J Curtis. Classic guitar and country rock rang around the bar as Steve demonstrated his playing prowess with every tune. The set went down a storm with the locals, a) because the talent on show was more than we could have hoped for, especially for free, but also b) we were all now officially pickled in ale. Top performance and a thoroughly nice gent. To follow Steve, take a look here:

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Steve J Curtis

Last but definitely not least, the two ladies (loosely termed) of the operation, Lisa and Cathy, worked their socks off the whole time in Bar 1 to keep us entertained, smiling, and most importantly, re-filled. We tip our hats to you ladies. A fine job indeed. 

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3 of the 4 musketeers - Paul, Lisa & Cathy (sorry Ian)

In conclusion, from a personal point of you, I thought this was a fantastic weekend, expertly organised and run. Certainly everyone I know thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are already talking about next years event. A few quiet days are certainly needed.

Well done Paul, Ian, Lisa and Cathy.