Archive for September, 2013

FOR SALE: Large early Victorian Single Screw Cider Press (Exbourne, Devon)

Item for sale: Large early Victorian Single Screw Cider Press

Location: Exbourne, Devon

Contact details: Phone Brady 01837 851 291 / Email

Details: This early Victorian single screw press  has been out of use for a few years, and is in store, dissembled, in Exbourne near Okehampton.  It comprises a very heavy single, rising, cast iron screw with quick-turn wheel, holed boss for winding pole, and ratchet. Massive rustic bottom beam, and top beam renewed. Dish & top plate useable if lined with plywood and polythene; requires new pressing beam (which can be supplied – or allowance made) .  Dimensions: Plan.. Dish 81 inches front to back plus spout x Base beam 85 inches long forming the o.a. width;  Stands about 12 feet high, plus, when the screw is raised, a further 38 inches.  So not suitable for the house or garage!  Best bid over £300 (probably little over scrap value).  Can assist with loading. Phone Brady 01837 851 291.

The parts that are missing are:
A]  The pressing beam. I can get one made if you want the extra weight to take away!
B]  The restraining plates, long strips of iron (4 off) have been laid on the ground in my orchard and I am having a job to find them.  they are easy enough to replace, though at an expense.  However, I am hopeful that some more digging around will reveal them.

Both these items are adjustable in the price.

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5th-13th October – Dodington Lodge Hotel Cider & Perry Festival 2013 (Whitchurch, Shropshire) Preview

Address: The Dodington Lodge Hotel, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1EN (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 5th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Sun 6th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Mon 7th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Tue 8th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Wed 9th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Thu 10th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Fri 11th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Sat 12th October: 11am-11pm (Free)
Sun 13th October: 11am-11pm (Free)

Tickets: N/A

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19th-20th October – The Killerton Cider and Apple Weekend 2013 (Exeter, Devon) Preview

Address: Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 19th October: 10am-5pm (£2 Adult/£1 Child/£5 Family)
Sun 20th October: 10am-5pm (£2 Adult/£1 Child/£5 Family)

Concessions: Free entry to National Trust members and under 5’s.

Tickets: Available on the door.

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20th-21st September – Surrey Cider Festival 2013 (Woking, Surrey) Preview

Address: H G Wells Conference & Events Centre, Crown Square, Town Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HR (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 20th September: 5pm-11pm (£10*)
Sat 21st September: 5pm-11pm (£10*)

* = Includes entry, a souvenir branded glass, a souvenir brochure with tasting notes and live entertainment all evening.

Tickets: Must be bought in advance. Click here to find out how to order tickets.

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14th September – Keynsham RFC Beer & Cider Festival 2013 (Keynsham, Bristol) Preview

Address: Keynsham RFC, Crown Field, Bristol Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BE (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sat 14th September: 2pm-11pm (£5*)

* = 1st half pint free

Tickets: Limited to 600 tickets for sale. Contact the rugby club on 0117 987 2520 for more details

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13th-14th September – Chew Valley Beer & Cider Festival 2013 (Ubley, Somerset) Preview

Address: Ubley Parish Hall, The Street, Ubley, Somerset, BS40 6PN (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 13th September: 7pm-12am (£8*)
Sat 14th September: 12pm-4pm (£8*) & 7pm-12am (£8*)

* = Covers entry to the festival, the bands and includes a 2013CVBF pint glass + program.

Tickets: Advance ticket only. More information available here.

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Ampleforth Abbey Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Ampleforth Abbey
Cider Name: Cider
Region: Yorkshire
ABV: 8.3%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Half pint at room temperature
Smell: Apples
Colour: Dull yellow
Clarity: Lightly cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: West Midlands Cider Festival, West Brom
Date: 07/09/13

After having a couple of regional drinks previously, I’ve now started to explore the national bar. I’m looking to try something different and random and there it was, the Ampleforth Abbey Cider.

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