Live music, food and hay bales entertain festival-goers at Beer by the River event in Morden Hall Park

Duncan Sambrook

Duncan Sambrook

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A few hay bales, a beer tent and a couple of food stalls were the recipe for a relaxed afternoon in what could be mistaken for a country village.

The noise of Morden was hidden behind the walls of Morden Hall Park for the day and live music from bands chosen by owners of the Bedford pub in Balham was all that was needed to entertain festival-goers well into the evening.

Wimbledon Guardian:

The Balham Ukelele Society

The National Trust and Battersea brewers Sambrook’s hosted the small event on Saturday, August 30, which featured a competition for home brewers, stalls with handmade gifts on and a bouncy castle and rides for the children.

Refreshments were available to purchase from The Fish Club, Pizza Rover and Burger Boys, alongside sweet treats from CakeTails and Drum & Kernel.

Wimbledon Guardian:

Bread Angels, from left to right, Gaye Whitwam, Julia Farkas and Rhiannon Abbott.

Duncan Sambrook, founder of Sambrook’s, said: "I am thrilled to be back at Morden Hall Park for our second year with Beer by the River, and our home brew competition added to the excitement of the whole event."

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10:39am Tue 2 Sep 14

vacillation says...

Nice advert. Great hindsight.
I think tjames has already voiced everything relevant about this under the previous 'news' article..
Nice advert. Great hindsight. I think tjames has already voiced everything relevant about this under the previous 'news' article.. vacillation
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1:37pm Tue 2 Sep 14

AndIQuote.. says...

Brilliant festival! We thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Brilliant festival! We thoroughly enjoyed the day! AndIQuote..
  • Score: 3

7:59am Wed 3 Sep 14

Saywhat?! says...

Gosh some people are really sad - it makes you wonder why they leave the house!

I went with a small group of friends and the event was great fun. I don't get how people don't understand they have to pay a premium for things that are organised - crazy!

It wasn't really expensive at all. This year I've been to about 15 different beer festivals - they all seemed really amateur whereas this was definitely a step above. Great music, great beer and great food - I really hope they do it again next year but perhaps with a bit more room :-)
Gosh some people are really sad - it makes you wonder why they leave the house! I went with a small group of friends and the event was great fun. I don't get how people don't understand they have to pay a premium for things that are organised - crazy! It wasn't really expensive at all. This year I've been to about 15 different beer festivals - they all seemed really amateur whereas this was definitely a step above. Great music, great beer and great food - I really hope they do it again next year but perhaps with a bit more room :-) Saywhat?!
  • Score: 3

1:40pm Wed 3 Sep 14

AndIQuote.. says...

Saywhat?! wrote:
Gosh some people are really sad - it makes you wonder why they leave the house!

I went with a small group of friends and the event was great fun. I don't get how people don't understand they have to pay a premium for things that are organised - crazy!

It wasn't really expensive at all. This year I've been to about 15 different beer festivals - they all seemed really amateur whereas this was definitely a step above. Great music, great beer and great food - I really hope they do it again next year but perhaps with a bit more room :-)
Well said ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Saywhat?![/bold] wrote: Gosh some people are really sad - it makes you wonder why they leave the house! I went with a small group of friends and the event was great fun. I don't get how people don't understand they have to pay a premium for things that are organised - crazy! It wasn't really expensive at all. This year I've been to about 15 different beer festivals - they all seemed really amateur whereas this was definitely a step above. Great music, great beer and great food - I really hope they do it again next year but perhaps with a bit more room :-)[/p][/quote]Well said ;-) AndIQuote..
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Wed 3 Sep 14

AndIQuote.. says...

Beer by the River 2014: http://youtu.be/KP4B
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Beer by the River 2014: http://youtu.be/KP4B xnf-pH0 AndIQuote..
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Wed 3 Sep 14

AndIQuote.. says...

http://youtu.be/KP4B
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http://youtu.be/KP4B xnf-pH0 AndIQuote..
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Wed 3 Sep 14

steveemma2 says...

Compared with last years event I was very disappointed. I managed to get a discount ticket for £5 but I would not have paid £10 on the day. Last year the ticket included beer and food vouchers whereas this year you just paid entry and got nothing. Beer was £4 a pint and the variety of food was pretty poor. The only positive I can take is that there was a larger variety of beer. There were loads of families there which I suppose one of the aims but the toilet situation did not change from last year as they were inadequate and there were long queues. The whole thing needs to be better organised and more affordable to the local community and not just lining NT pockets!
Compared with last years event I was very disappointed. I managed to get a discount ticket for £5 but I would not have paid £10 on the day. Last year the ticket included beer and food vouchers whereas this year you just paid entry and got nothing. Beer was £4 a pint and the variety of food was pretty poor. The only positive I can take is that there was a larger variety of beer. There were loads of families there which I suppose one of the aims but the toilet situation did not change from last year as they were inadequate and there were long queues. The whole thing needs to be better organised and more affordable to the local community and not just lining NT pockets! steveemma2
  • Score: -2

6:43am Thu 4 Sep 14

AndIQuote.. says...

The beer was a decent price for locally brewed ale transported to the site!

The toilet queues sometimes got long but always moved quickly.

People will always find reasons to moan..
The beer was a decent price for locally brewed ale transported to the site! The toilet queues sometimes got long but always moved quickly. People will always find reasons to moan.. AndIQuote..
  • Score: 4

9:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Saywhat?! says...

steveemma2 wrote:
Compared with last years event I was very disappointed. I managed to get a discount ticket for £5 but I would not have paid £10 on the day. Last year the ticket included beer and food vouchers whereas this year you just paid entry and got nothing. Beer was £4 a pint and the variety of food was pretty poor. The only positive I can take is that there was a larger variety of beer. There were loads of families there which I suppose one of the aims but the toilet situation did not change from last year as they were inadequate and there were long queues. The whole thing needs to be better organised and more affordable to the local community and not just lining NT pockets!
How boring! What food offer was missing. I had wood fired pizza, wife had fish and chips and kids had top quality burgers.

Yes the toilets were busy and yes we had to queue but lots people were eating and drinking what did you think was going to happen?! I mean really.

It was great you got a £5 ticket. Our group paid £110 full price for all of us and thought it was excellent. Last year was too expensive even with the extras so I'm glad they've dropped the price!

Crikey some people will moan at anything!!
[quote][p][bold]steveemma2[/bold] wrote: Compared with last years event I was very disappointed. I managed to get a discount ticket for £5 but I would not have paid £10 on the day. Last year the ticket included beer and food vouchers whereas this year you just paid entry and got nothing. Beer was £4 a pint and the variety of food was pretty poor. The only positive I can take is that there was a larger variety of beer. There were loads of families there which I suppose one of the aims but the toilet situation did not change from last year as they were inadequate and there were long queues. The whole thing needs to be better organised and more affordable to the local community and not just lining NT pockets![/p][/quote]How boring! What food offer was missing. I had wood fired pizza, wife had fish and chips and kids had top quality burgers. Yes the toilets were busy and yes we had to queue but lots people were eating and drinking what did you think was going to happen?! I mean really. It was great you got a £5 ticket. Our group paid £110 full price for all of us and thought it was excellent. Last year was too expensive even with the extras so I'm glad they've dropped the price! Crikey some people will moan at anything!! Saywhat?!
  • Score: 4
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