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The Packhorse Inn (Bath) Pub Review

THIS PUB IS SADLY NOW NO LONGER OPEN! 😦

Address: The Packhorse Inn, Southstoke, Bath, BA2 7DU

Draught (Sparkling)

Honey’s Midford
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Traditional
Westons Old Rosie

Bottles

None

Review

Whilst on my latest trip to see the family in Bath, I thought I’d combine it with a nice meal out and a pub that serves real cider. That’s like hitting 3 birds with 1 stone surely and something that I thought had to be possible. Then a bit of inspiration hit me and I remembered the Packhorse Inn had mentioned on Twitter that I should pop along to try the Honey’s Midford cider and bam a plan was hatched.

The pub itself is just on the outskirts of the main city of Bath in an area called Southstoke. Unless you know it is there, then it’s not something you would naturally stumble upon, but thankfully we had directions and knew exactly where we were going! After we went through the sheer excitement of parking on a winding little road we popped on in to see what it was all about.

I would describe this pub as having a nice rustic country pub vibe to it and very friendly and accommodating (they were even happy to allow my 3 year old nephew in!). We were over half an hour early before our booking, but they happily kicked some of the regulars out of our place, which was nice of them. The selection of cider I found to be fairly generous, though not a huge amount away from the big players. It was a fairly Westons/Thatchers affair, but it was good they had a local cider in the Honey’s Midford. I always like to see local pubs supporting their local producers, as it gives that community spirit you see lacking a lot nowadays.

Naturally I ordered the Midford and I have to say it was well worth the trip for that alone. If you ever get a chance to try it, then you should take that opportunity as you will not be disappointed! For my meal I went for the Venison steak with chips and followed that up with a lovely fruit crumble and ice cream. I’m no foodie that can describe that meal in any great detail, but everyone was happy with what they ordered and you can’t say fairer than that!

Overall if I am in the area again soon then I’d definitely pop in for a pint or 2! Top job guys!

Opening Hours:

Tues-Fri: 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

Sat-Sun: 12pm-11pm

Tel: 01225 832060

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Euston Cider Tap (London) Review

Address: Euston Cider Tap, East Lodge, 188 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2EF

Draught (Sparkling)

Aspalls Harry Sparrow
Hogans Dry
Lilleys Apples & Pears
Original Sin Cidery
Sandford Orchards Devon Mist
Sandford Orchards Shaky Bridge

Draught (Barrel)

Mulled Cider
Olivers Allfords
Olivers Rock Perry
Orchard Pig Medium
Raglan Tawny Owl Perry
Troggi Seidr
Upper House Farm Dry
Wilkins Farmhouse
WM Watkin Oak Barrel Cider

Bottles

Fosseway Somerset Glory
Hogans Cider
Lilleys Apples & Pears
Lilleys Beesting
Olivers Shezam
Olivers Yarlington Mill
Orchard Pig
Original Sin Cider
Sandford Orchards Devon Red
Sandford Orchards Devon Scrumpy
Sandford Orchards Fannys Bramble
Sandford Orchards Old Kirton
Selection of Normandy Cidre
Somerset Cider Brandy
Plus more..

Review

It’s not often I get a chance to go to London, but with having recently changed jobs, I had an opportunity to go this week for my induction. My usual experience of London is the hustle and bustle of the sardine crammed underground and generally just getting from A to B. I haven’t been out in London for anything but business in so long, so this time I had to just change that. Having been up since 5:30am to get on a train to London, I was in no rush to go back on the earlier trains to stand all the way home in rush hour. So where else is better to go to miss all the traffic than a pub?!?

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Horse and Groom (Bristol) Review

Address: Horse and Groom, 17 St. Georges Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5UU

Draught

Moles Black Rat
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Traditional

Guest Ciders

Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze
Thatchers Heritage

Bottles

None

Review

Having been notified of it’s re-opening, by a friend who works nearby, I had to pop on down to see what was happening. This is the latest venture by the people behind The Orchard. With them being one of Bristol’s best cider pubs, then this had to be good for cider right?

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The Lazy Dog (Bristol) Review

Address: The Lazy Dog, 112 Ashley Down Road, Ashley Down, Bristol, BS7 9JR

Draught

Orchard Pig Medium
Millwhites Rioja Cask Cider
Thatchers Gold

Bottles

Cobbledicks
Savannah Dry
Westons Organic Cider
Westons Organic Pear

Review

Previously, when it was the Ashley Arms, I heard bad things about it and avoided it at all costs. It’s just off the Gloucester Road, near the cricket ground, and unless you knew it existed, then you wouldn’t necessarily stumble upon it.

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The Old Duke (Bristol) Review

Address: The Old Duke, 45 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ER

Draught

Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Westons Stowford Press

Bottles

Thatchers Pear
Westons Organic

Review

This is the sister pub of the Golden Lion, set in the heart of the city centre on King Street. The main focus for this pub is the jazz, which becomes quite obvious when you step in, with loads of jazz posters everywhere! It’s famous for having many free live jazz/blues nights and a yearly jazz festival.

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The Golden Guinea (Bristol) Review

Address: The Golden Guinea, 19 Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6SX

Draught

Blackbeard Cider
Kingstone Press
Westons Old Rosie

Bottles

Thatchers Gold (Can)
Thatchers Katy
Westons Organic

Review

With the latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film now on our screens featuring a Bristolian pirate, Blackbeard, what better way to celebrate this than to go to the pub that apparently Blackbeard drank in.

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The Orchard Inn (Bristol) Review

Address: The Orchard Inn, 12 Hanover Place, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 6XT

Draught

Ben Crossmans (Dry)
Countryman (Sweet)
Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze
Hecks Perry
Moles Black Rat
Parson’s Choice (Dry)
Richs Farmhouse (Sweet/Medium/Dry)
Richs Legbender
Severncider (Medium/Dry)
Severncider Perry (Dry)
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Traditional
Ticknum Tipple
Westcroft Janets Jungle Juice (Medium/Dry)
Wilkins (Sweet/Medium/Dry)

Past Draught Ciders/Perries

Bath Ales Bounders
Cornish Orchards Perry (Medium)
Norton Wood Dry
Tricky Cider (Sweet/Medium/Dry)

Bottles

Thatchers Katy

Review

When my friend recently brought up The Orchard in conversation, I just had to go down and see it again. It’s a little like an old friend for me, that isn’t quite local enough I can easily walk to visit, but I feel guilty I don’t see enough of because they are so close. Luckily as my other half is a perennial taxi user, it wasn’t to be the usual long journey to the other side of the river, but a nice short taxi ride.
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