DESPITE local lockdown restrictions in Denbighshire, a 17-day beer festival in Ruthin is set to go ahead as planned.

More than 20 classic British real ales will be available at The Castle Hotel in Ruthin - which offers rooms above a classic pub - during the event which is being hosted by the JD Wetherspoon pub in St Peters Square from Friday 9 to Sunday, October 25.

Beers will cost £1.69 a pint.

The festival line-up includes Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, Greene King Abbot Reserve, Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger, Theakston Old Peculier, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Adnams Ghost Ship, Exmoor Gold and Hook Norton Old Hooky.

Asked if the hotel / pub will be able to run the event during the local lockdown, Eddie Gershon, Wetherspoon spokesperson, said: “The pub has reduced numbers of tables and chairs all two-metres apart and the capacity is managed by the pub team.

“Customers must be sat at a table and not stood so once the seats are used up entrance is stopped.”

Ian Hughes, pub manager, said: “The festival is a great celebration of classic British ales.

“It will allow us to showcase these superb beers over a 17 day period and also support British brewers.

“All the beers will be available at great value for money prices.”

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available on the Wetherspoon app and all ales will be available to order via the Wetherspoon app or at the bar in the pub.

Restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect public health in Denbighshire are being implemented on Thursday, October 1 at 6pm.

Wrexham, Denbighshire and Conwy will also go into local lockdown.

Hospitality businesses in Wales – such as pubs, cafes, restaurants, sports clubs and casinos – currently have to stop selling alcohol at 10pm and places selling alcohol to drink on the premises have to provide table service only.

Under the new restrictions, it will be a legal requirement that people can’t leave the Denbighshire County Council area without a reasonable excuse.

People will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”).

People will not be able to meet indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) unless with good reasons. Meaning, those attending the festival will only be able to go with people from their household and live within the county of Denbighshire.