Archive for March, 2011

April 2011 Events

13th-16th April – 35th Newcastle CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

21st-24th April – Egham Real Ale & Cider Festival

22nd-24th April – The Hostelrie At Goodrich Sausage & Cider Festival

23rd April – Bristol Cider Awards 2011 Results

23rd-24th April – Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Farm Open Weekend

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Cafe Rene (Gloucester) Review

Address: Cafe Rene, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1TP


Broadoak Kingston Black
Broadoak Perry
Hecks Farmhouse Cider
Moles Black Rat
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Westcroft Dry
Westons Stowford Press




Walking on an average Saturday afternoon through Gloucester, you would not normally realise that this place even existed. Situated through an arch next to a Church, you wouldn’t expect to find a pub, let alone a pub with so much character and cider on offer!
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28th April-1st May – Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival Preview

Address: The Courtyard, Main Cross Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3NZ (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Thu 28th April: 5pm-11pm (£2.50*)
Fri 29th April: 12pm-4pm (£2.50*) & 5pm-11pm (£2.50*)
Sat 30th April: 12pm-4pm (£2.50*) & 5pm-11pm (£2.50*)
Sun 1st May: 12pm-4pm (£2.50*) & 5pm-11pm (£2.50*)

* = £2.00 if ordered with a Great Yarmouth Mercury token

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Hoare Farm Rosehip Cider Review

Vital Stats:
Producer: Hoare Farm
Cider Name: Hoare Farm Rosehip Cider
Region: Unknown
ABV: 7.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Rose/Apple
Colour: Golden Yellow
Clarity:Lightly Cloudy
Carbonation: Still


When going into the pub for a pint of cider, at first I thought the barman was trying to offer me some flowers when I asked what ciders they had. I had a slightly puzzled look about myself and then realised he was trying to offer me a rosehip cider after pointing to the blackboard on the wall. I never even knew what a rosehip was (apparently it’s the fruit of a rose plant), let alone how it would taste. But I thought sod it and plumped for that as I had never had it before.

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23rd-24th April & 6th-7th August – Gwynt y Ddraig Farm Open Weekend Preview

Address: Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Farm, Llest Farm, Pontypridd, CF38 2PW (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 23rd April: 11am-9pm (£5*)
Sun 24th April: 11am-7:30pm (£5*)

Sat 6th August: 11am-9pm (£5*)
Sun 7th August: 11am-7:30pm (£5*)

* = Includes free pint/bottle at the bar

Tickets: Available on the door

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