14th Toft Beer & Cider Festival : 31st August - 2nd September 2018

The 2018 Beer & Cider Festival, our 14th, took place over the weekend of 31st August - 2nd September 2018, and was an amazing success. The most popular beer was Moon Gazer Pacific Pale Ale, and most popular cider was Watergull Orchards Farmhouse Cider with Rhubarb.

Next year's festival will be held over the weekend of 6-8 September 2019.

The Festival started in 2005 and takes place each year on the first weekend of September.

Each year we have a selection of real ales, mostly from the local area, and a selection of draught ciders, all from the local area. Beers and ciders that prove popular at the Festival are then featured on our bar throughout the rest of the year.

Once again this year we also had a range of gins to try...!


Families are welcome and we have a range of soft drinks, wines and spirits available from our bar.

Free entry - all welcome

Gluten-free options

For the past 7 years we have offered a selection of gluten-free beers, and this year is no exception. We will have two barrels of gluten-free beer, plus some GF bottled beers. GF food is also available all weekend.

2018 Opening times & Details

Day From To
Friday 31st Aug 18:00 23:00
Saturday 1st Sept 12:00 23:00
Sunday 2nd Sept 12:00 22:30

Past Festivals

Click here for details on the beers and ciders from past festivals

The beers (2018)

Click here for tasting notes

The beers on offer will be listed here as they are confirmed (Blue signifies a "LocAle" - brewed within 30 miles):

  • Bishop Nick's Brewery (Braintree) - 1555 (4.3%)
  • Colchester Brewery (Colchester) - Sweeney Todd (4.2%)
  • Digfield Brewery (Barnwell) - Chiffchaff (3.9%)
  • Humpty Dumpty Brewery (Reedham, Norfolk) - Little Sharpie (3.8%)
  • Kelham Brewery (Sheffield) - Riders on the Storm (4.5%)
  • Leighton Buzzard Brewery (Leighton Buzzard) - Cuckoo (3.8%)
  • Lord Conrad's Brewery (Dry Drayton) - Spiffing Wheeze (3.9%)
  • Nene Valley Brewery (Oundle) - Release The Chimps (4.4%)
  • Nene Valley Brewery (Oundle) - Simple Pleasures (3.6%)
  • Norfolk Brewhouse (Fakenham) - Moon Gazer Pacific Pale Ale (3.9%)
  • Papworth Brewery (Earith) - Mad Jack (3.8%)
  • Papworth Brewery (Earith) - Whispering Grass (3.8%)
  • Tring Brewery (Tring) - Heath Robinson (4.0%)
  • Vale Brewery (Aylesbury) - Wychert (3.9%)

The ciders (2018)

The ciders on offer will be listed here as they are confirmed:

  • Potton Press (Potton) - Happy Medium (7.4%)
  • Spinney Abbey (Wicken) - Monk & Disorderly (5.6%)
  • Toft Press (Toft) - Cidernide 2017 (7.0%)
  • Watergull Orchards (Wisbech) - Farmhouse cider with Rhubarb (5.9%)


Homemade snacks will be available throughout the weekend, including:

  • Our famous Toft Pasties
  • Toasties
  • Filled baguettes
  • Burgers
  • Filled Jacket Potatoes

A curry will be available on Saturday evening.

Sunday Lunchtime

Come and join us for a Roast Dinner - two sittings (12:30 & 13:15). All welcome! Tickets (just £6.00) will be available from Thursday evening.

Gluten-free and other dietary requirements will be catered for all weekend.

Live Music

There will be live music on Saturday evening, featuring a wide variety of local musicians.

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