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Corto (the bar) is opening on Friday 4th June!!

We have a date! We’ve set it! The day is nearly here!

Corto will open on Friday 4th June 2021.

Book your table!

Email us to book your table at hello@cortobar.co.uk

Opening Hours from June 4th

Friday 4th June: 12pm – 11pm

Saturday 5th June: 12pm – 11pm

Sunday 6th June: 12pm – 10pm

Thursday 10th June: 12pm – 10pm

Friday 11th June: 12pm – 11pm

Saturday 12th June: 12pm – 11pm

Sunday 13th June: 12pm – 10pm

*We can seat tables of up to 6 people due to current Covid guidelines*

More fun details to come!

We’ve got a ton of ace announcements to make between now and our Grand Opening Weekend (unofficial title) so keep your scrolling to a minimum and look out for more news on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Also, if you’ve not signed up to our newsletter yet, make sure you get involved! That’s where all our most exciting news gets broken first.

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Corto May Bank Holiday Opening Times — come and visit!

This bank holiday we’re open on Friday and Saturday for take-out beer, wine and cider. So come and visit us for some delicious bevs and a bit of a chat!

May Bank Holiday Opening Times

Friday 30 April – 11am — 7pm

Saturday 1 May – 11am — 2pm

Sunday 2 May – CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday – CLOSED

We are closing early on Saturday 1 May and closed on Sunday 2 May and Bank Holiday Monday because we’re going camping. No excuses here! The building work is going great, we’re on schedule (more on that next week!) and we’re excited to get decorating. We’ve decided that before we open the bar we need a proper break. We haven’t stopped for months, especially Katie, who alongside Corto works as a writer and an editor.

Camping is gonna be boss. We’ll send you some pics.

New In Stock

While we’re here, have a look at some of the freshies we’ve got in stock!

Belching Beaver x Deftones – Phantom Bride

Deftones-branded beer. A gimmick? Yeah, but so what. It’s DEFTONES-BRANDED BEER.

A lip-smacking west coast IPA clear, crisp and precise like Abe’s drumming and bitter-as-you-like. Swiftly drinkable and totally delicious.

Yeastie Boys and North End Brewery

We’re big fans of Yeastie Boys. Does that surprise you?

They may have a core range in supermarkets but their beers are always on point. Also, their ethos is banging — they are good people, making good beer, working hard to do good things.

We were invited to a tasting they ran alongside fellow New Zealand brewery North End a couple of months back and we just loved their story and the brilliant mixed ferm beers they’d created.

So, of course, we nabbed a few for our shelves.

Yeastie Boys x North End — West Moon

An old ale made with the old British brewing technique of boiling the grist for a long period of time to leech all that flavourful malty strength from it and bring it to a deep colour. When we say this beer was boiled for a long time, we mean looooong. They stayed up all night, watching the wort turn from straw-pale to deep copper as it caramelised in the kettle. 

Then, the wort was inoculated with a strain of wild yeast cultured with love and care (honestly, head brewer Kieran Haslatt-Moore couldn’t have been more excited about this when he was chatting about making the beer) from a 1977 bottle of Bass Jubilee Ale.

West Moon was put to bed in 500L oak puncheons to referment with the wild yeast for 6 months.

What’s happened in that time is magical. A beautifully tangy, deeply earthy and leathery beer reaches your tastebuds and chucks fun little flavours in every direction. Fruit! Toffee! Toast! 

But it gets better with age. That’s the idea. Kieran told us that West Moon was brewed to be laid down in cellar and aged, and to be brought out and enjoyed on a special occasion — just as old ales were in the past. Old ales were a present on a birthday, a gift to mark the birth of a baby or given to celebrate a promotion, and then enjoyed years later on the baby’s 18th birthday, or years later whenever drinking delicious beer with loved ones was the order of the day.

On the label is a painting of a photo of Kieran as a baby with his dad, a special image for him and an homage to his deep belief that beer should be enjoyed with the people you love.

We’ve got a bottle for ourselves stashed away for a special occasion way in the future. One we’ve not even decided on yet. But also, drinking together with people you love is a special occasion in itself — which is why we’ve already had one. Drink the beer. You only live once.

North End Brewing — Saison de Terroir

Another beauty from North End, we were absolutely thrilled to be able to grab a case of this deliciously delicate farmhouse sour beer.

They say: “We have helped add a big dose of ‘terroir’ into this beer by taking our Saison and re-fermenting it in barrels with a blend of wild yeasts from Waikanae. The result is tangy, lightly tart and extremely fruity.”

On top of these we’ve got a load of super special bottles stashed away for our opening weekend (which we’ll announce the dates of in NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER. Subscribe now if you don’t already so you don’t miss out.) 

Did somebody say… Rose de Gambrinus?

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Corto (The Shop) Lives Again! It’s Alive!

Just like Frankenstein’s monster, we’re back. Of course, it’s only Frankenstein’s monster if it was built from body parts in or near Geneva — otherwise it’s just a sparkling reanimated corpse.

Today we’re opening our lil door on King Street, Clitheroe from 12pm — 6pm, offering real life recommendations and full-on chats for the first time in, ooh, four months? Come in and talk to us about your fave beers, wine and cider that you’ve tried since then. We want to talk to you!! It’s been too long!

Opening Hours

Friday 16 April: 12pm — 6pm

Saturday 17 April 12pm — 6pm

Sunday 18 April 12pm — 4pm

What’s the plan, then?

As you know, we’re a bar. That’s the main thing to remember. Our shop is temporary, but for now, it’s all we’ve got, so we’re making the best of it.

From this weekend we’re reopening as a shop while building work continues on our bar area. This means that in the next few weeks we may need to move our opening times around to fit in with the building schedule — we hope you can bear with us. You should see the plans. It’ll be totally worth it.

The shop will be fully stocked with amazing beer, natural wine and natural cider, from independent producers and brewers. What’s even more exciting is that this time around we can offer tasters, so make sure you pop by for a wee drop of something cool. It’s not exactly table service, but it’s a start!

By the end of May we’re hoping to be open fully as a bar, and the bottle shop will be no more. Stay tuned for announcements about this in the coming weeks. Our newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear about our opening dates so if you’re not already signed up, what are you waiting for?

Deliveries are Over. Come and Visit!

We’re no longer operating our delivery service. Now that the shop is open again, we can’t operate both at the same time.

We are, however, enabling click and collect via our webshop, so if you feel more comfortable with a contactless system please continue to order online and we’ll pack it up and leave it for you by the door or at your car.

See you soon! Can’t wait!

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Corto (the shop)’s New Year Opening Times

We thought it was about time, since we’ve been open for a week or so now, to let you know when we’ll be open over the next few weeks.

It’s still a festive time, after all, and we know you need to re-stock those fridges with beer, cider and bubbly. (We’ve got some ace natural fizz in by the way…)

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Woohoo! The Corto Shop is Opening on Saturday 19th December 2020

We’re OVERJOYED and OVEREXCITED to tell you that we’re opening Corto as a shop on Saturday 19th December from 11am – 6pm.

Has anything good happened in 2020? Well, lots of great beer, wine and cider was made. So we want to share it with you.

We’re getting a temporary wall in place so you don’t get covered in building dust or fall down any holes, and the front of the bar is being turned entirely into a shop, selling natural wine, natural cider and perry, and a whole massive selection of brilliant beers.

We’ll also be serving hot and cosy mulled cider, made by us with cider from Udders Cider in Huddersfield.

Come in, say hello, don’t be shy. Have a little nosey. Ask a bunch of questions. We’re here for you!

Whatever you like, we’ll find you something you’ll love!

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Listen to Corto on BBC Radio 6 Music – The Open Arms with Shaun Keaveny

On Friday 11th December we were ripping up the floorboards in the back of the bar and listening to the radio. We always have the radio on. Radio 6, of course.Katie got a bit bored and texted in to try and get a shoutout. She does that a lot. It’s quite sad really.

Anyway, a text turned into a phonecall, and she ended up on Shaun Keaveny’s programme choosing a drink and a tune for the jukebox at his fictional Friday afternoon pub The Open Arms!

They chatted about missing the pubs during lockdown, Corto, and a few other things too. Have a listen.

Thank you to Joel for ripping this from the BBC Sounds app so we can keep this very weird moment for posterity.

What we loved most was having so many people message us to ask “WAS THAT YOU ON THE RADIO??” Yes! It was! It made our day to know not only that our future customers are 6 music listeners (aka. Very cool)  but that they recognised that it was us being chatted about on live radio. Ha! Brilliant.

And if you don’t want to listen but you’re curious to know what Katie chose to drink and to listen to: a pint of sparkled bitter each for her and Tom, and Good Times, Bad Times by Led Zeppelin.

The ultimate Friday tune.

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Exciting News! We’ve Got The Keys and We’re In

This week has been one of our most exciting yet. We got the keys to 36 King Street, Clitheroe. We’re in!

We’ve spent the past few days taking more measurements and figuring stuff out, but we’re here. Let’s hope we can get the work done quickly and get open soon!

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