The Ship Inn (also known as the Blood Tub), an attractive canalside pub in Lathom near Burscough, will be holding its first Beer, Cider, Pie and Sausage Festival from the 9 to 11 September. It will be run in a marquee next to the pub and will feature:
- 32 cask ales.
- 11 ciders.
- Ship Ale of the Year voting.
- Moorhouse’s v. Great Britain Challenge.
- King Pie competition: 12 varieties prepared by their own chefs.
- Sausage barbeque.
- Live music.
The nickname Blood Tub apparently refers to the barrels of blood, used for black puddings, which were carried on the adjacent Leeds-Liverpool canal.