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It’s not often that I’ll agree to doing a 10-5 day on a Saturday. However, when it involves the chance to make my own cider, I can be persuaded… Read the rest of this entry »

What better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a cider and cheese festival? Head up to The Green Man on Alfred Place, Kingsdown this week for their inaugural celebration of two of Bristol’s favourite foodie treats… Read the rest of this entry »


Good news for fans of our favourite regional drink, with the launch of The Bristol Cider Shop on central Bristol’s Christmas Steps… Read the rest of this entry »

After the success of the last Big Cheese Taste Off, held on the Grain Barge (write up here), we’ve been eagerly awaiting the next installment. Luckily we don’t have to wait too much longer, as The Kings Arms on Whiteladies Road will be hosting round two on Tuesday, October 19th. Read the rest of this entry »

Another action-packed October weekend! Read on to find out what’s going on in the foodie world in Bristol on October 9th and 10th… Read the rest of this entry »

The first weekend of October (already?!) brings with it a wealth of food and drink-related events, mostly courtesy of South Gloucestershire’s 6th ‘Taste’ Local Food & Drink Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Slightly short notice, I’m afraid, but I only found out the full details today!

If you’re in town tomorrow for St Paul’s Carnival or the Bristol Wine & Food Fair, it’s also worth popping over to Surrey Street’s Bristol Cider House for an hour or two.

Previously The Surrey Wine Vaults, the Cider House was opened last year and is one of Bristol’s quieter venues for cider lovers. Despite already having a wide variety of ciders both on tap and bottled, including Broadoak, Thatchers and Black Rat, owners Charlie and Tracey will be playing host to a range of other ciders for customers to try.

One that I’ve been told will be on the list is Moonshine: a cider that I tried for the first time at the Bristol Cider Festival earlier this year and haven’t managed to find since. At 7.5% it’s a deceptive strong but very sweet cider, and unusual in that it is almost completely clear in colour.

With over 15 ciders available to try, we’ll definitely be heading over that way at some point during the day. The festival starts at 12, and finishes whenever the cider runs out – I suggest getting there sooner rather than later… 🙂

With cheese being bought by 98% of British households, and over 700 named cheeses produced in the UK, our love of the stuff is evident. We consume over 700,000 tonnes of cheese per year…but how are we eating it, and are we actually appreciating our local produce?

Wednesday, May 12th will see four British names coming together for The Big Cheese Taste Off. Described as “the ULTIMATE in food and drink pairing”, the evening will see the Grain Barge playing host to Bristol Beer Factory, Trethowan’s Dairy Shop, The Orchard Pig and Hallgarten Wines as they ask the question:

“What do you drink with cheese? Beer, wine or cider?”

Trethowan’s will be supplying a variety of locally produced cheeses, which have been matched to beers, wines and ciders provided by the other three companies…and they want YOU to answer the question. For only £10 per ticket, you can spend your Wednesday evening learning a little about how to match food and drink, taste some new beers, wines and ciders, and decide which works best with each of the cheeses. Bristol Beer Factory appear to have decided that it’s the beers…then again, they’re a little biased 😉

The evening is one in a series of “Taste Offs” that are apparently planned, and will be held at the Grain Barge on Hotwells Road on Wednesday, May 12th, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each on a first come, first served basis, and are available from the Grain Barge, The Bristol Beer Factory and from Orchard Pig.

I think this may have to replace my original plan of the regular quiz night next Wednesday. My prediction is that cider will most definitely get my vote… 🙂

The sun was shining, we’d just found a new flat to rent and it was a friend’s birthday. Three equally good reasons to head to the Brunel Passenger shed early on Saturday afternoon for a spot of cider sampling!

Friday and Saturday played host to Bristol’s 2nd Winter Cider Festival, organised by We paid our £7.50 on the door and headed to the end of the hall to buy our “scrumps” – cider festival currency where one scrump equates to one glass (half-pint) of cider. We were given our programme and list of ciders, each with a box next to the name to rate it out of ten – and it was time to begin.

With 106 ciders and perries to choose from, we took the easy option at first by heading to the bar and taking whichever random choice the barman gave us. This turned out to be Lilley’s Apples & Pears – a sweet, slightly sparkling cider – for Em, and Pheasant Plucker for Al – a light and easy-to-drink cider. I think starting at the weaker end of the scale (5.2% and 4.5% respectively) was a good idea, before moving on to the harder stuff later!

We soon discovered that, of the four bars, bars 1 and 2 were our favourites – these held the sweeter varieties of cider, including the strawberry and cherry varieties that we sampled later on in the afternoon. Some of our friends were more adventurous, including one cider festival veteran, who very easily identified the three or four that he’d not tried before…a man on a mission!

The festival was accompanied by local band The Mangledwurzels to get everyone into the West Country spirit, and hog roasts and cheese platters were available to soak up the alcohol. All in all a great afternoon for us cider festival virgins…roll on the next one in mid-February!

I think it’s mandatory to become an obsessive cider drinker when you move to Bristol! We’ve certainly developed a love of the stuff, and are just looking forward to summer nights at the Apple with a nice glass of Old Bristolian.

In the meantime, we’ll be making do with the Bristol Winter Cider Festival this coming weekend at the Brunel Passenger Shed at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, near Temple Meads station. The festival’s being held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January, and tickets are now available from CLS Tickets for £6.50 per session (Friday 7.30-11pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, Saturday 7.30-11pm). If you don’t fancy booking in advance, tickets are also available on the door for £7.50.

They’ll be serving over 100 ciders and perries from Somerset, Herefordshire, Wales and Hampshire, and will also have hog roasts and cheese platters available to soak up the booze 🙂 And if that’s not enough, the Mangledwurzels will also be playing 😉

Think we may need a quiet one on Sunday at this rate…!!

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