Bird In Hand (Saltford, Bristol) Beer & Cider Festival Review

Address: 58 High Street, Saltford, Bristol, Avon, BS31 3EJ

Date: 24th-26th June 2011

Date Visted: 25th June

Review:

The Bird In Hand is a small, local, country type pub situated in Saltford. For anyone who knows the Bristol to Bath cycle path, then it’s the pub conveniently near Bath, which you have to cycle through the car park to continue your route. Myself and 2 friends were contemplating cycling to this festival, but decided against it, which was mainly due to no doubt either fall over on the way back or something else equally drastic.

So we arrived at the festival, not knowing what to really expect, and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Maybe a little small and too cozy for some, but for me it worked a treat perfectly. The idea with this festival was to purchase tokens (cider tokens were £1.25 per half/£2.50 per pint) in advance and then use these to speed up the process of paying. Though as it wasn’t completely ram packed, it wasn’t necessary.

Out of the 8 ciders to choose from, I managed to work my way through 6 of them, with Janets Jungle Juice and Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze my personal highlights. To make the afternoon more interesting, there was an old dear trying to park her car. The fear and shock she was putting into people as she tried to do this was quite amusing. Luckily no cars or people were harmed this time!

Food wise, there was a BBQ and a hog roast to sample. I had the venison and chilli burger to start with, which was quite a treat. I had never had venison before, but I did rather enjoy it. The hog roast later was sublime as they always are. The only slight niggle with the food was the ordering process. You couldn’t buy it outside at the BBQ or marquee, but you needed to pay inside at the till. This even seemed difficult to do as there was a 2 till paying process according to one of my friends. They also over sold the burgers and my friend had to opt for something else. No major issues really, but just a slight pain. There was also music during the evening, but we had departed before then, so I am not sure how good that was.

Overall I had a great day out and would happily go there again. It would be nice to have a slightly larger range of ciders, but I can understand them being a bit cautious as it isn’t exactly in a massively crowded area and they wouldn’t want to over stock and not sell.

Food:

Venison & Chilli Burger Hog Roast Hog Roast Roll

Ciders:

Gwynt y Ddraig Haymaker Richs Farmhouse Cider West Croft Janets Jungle Juice
Days Cottage Perry Broadoak Old Bristolian Ashton Press Still

Session Times:

Fri 24th June: 2pm-10:30pm
Sat 25th June: 2pm-10:30pm
Sun 26th June: 2pm-5:30pm

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