The superb Thatched House Inn, Exeter, is getting into the spirit of Spring with its "Ale-Pril Fool" Beer Festival on 31st March and 1st April. The festival of fine ales kicks off at 5pm on Friday 31st. Look out for 14 guest ales, including Three Hares from Dartmoor Brewery. There'll be live music each evening, and entry is free. The Thatched House itself has been around since the 1600's, but has only been a pub since 1937. You'll find "The Thatch" on the main Exwick Road, just outside the city of Exeter. In addition to a tempting range of well-kept ales (including Dartmoor Brewery offerings), you'll find hearty pub food prepared using the best local meats, fish and vegetables. Keeping it really local, The Thatch is also known to secure fresh veg from the local allotment-keepers in exchange for an ale or two. The Thatched House Exwick Road, Exeter EX4 2BQ 01392-272920 www.thethatchedhouse.net
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