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Royal Oak (Bristol) Cider Festival 2011 Review

Address: The Royal Oak, 385 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8TN

Date: 22nd-23rd July 2011

Date Visted: 23rd July


Having heard great things from friends who visited the festival last year, I then made it my mission to visit it this year. The festival is all about the pork, music and most importantly the cider. How can you not like a festival that has all that goodness involved?

The festival started on the Friday night, which was free entrance and their ‘warm up’ session, but I opted for the Saturday session. This was mainly due to having prior commitments on the Friday, but I was also gambling on having a cider festival in the sun, rather than a low key one on the Friday! Luckily it did not disappoint and the sun was out for all to see and it was a beautiful day.

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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


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.


Venison & Chilli Burger Hog Roast Hog Roast Roll


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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Bristol Cider Awards 2011 Results

After a slight delay in getting back the voting slips, the Bristol Cider Awards 2011 have finally been announced by The Apple. The results are the following:

Best of Best – Rich’s Medium
Best Sparkling Cider – Thatcher’s Gold
Best Sparkling Perry – Beesting
Best Still Cider – Old Rosie
Best Still Perry – Hecks Perry
Best Old Favourite – Olde English
Best Organic – Westons Organic
Best Small Producer – Orchard Pig
Best Strong Cider – Old Bristolian
Best Specialist Cider – Hecks Dunkertons
Best Flavoured Cider – Gwatkin Pyder
Best Cider Maker – Thatchers

Well done to all of the above and roll on next year 🙂

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The Apple (Bristol) Review

Address: The Apple, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB


Old Bristolian
Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze
Hecks Perry Medium
Richs Medium
Sheppys Sweet
Thatchers Dry
Westons Old Rosie
Wilkins Dry


Gwynt y Ddraig Dabinett
Kingstone Press
Olivers Making Hay
Olivers Shezam
Orchard Pig
Sheppys Falstaff
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Katy
Thatchers Old Rascal
Thatchers Pear
Westons Organic Cider
Westons Perry


A proper Bristol cider pub, centrally located in the heart of the city, just off Kings Street. Well when I say a pub, I really mean a boat, with the bar spread over both decks with ample outside seating docked on the river. With the selection of cider on tap and bottled, then you are really spoilt for choice. If I was to choose somewhere to wind away those long Saturday afternoons then this would be it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cotham Porter Stores (Bristol) Review

Address: Cotham Porter Stores, 15 Cotham Road South, Kingsdown, Bristol, BS6 5TZ


Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Heritage
Thatchers Traditional
Thatchers Dry
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Broadoak Perry
Broadoak Old Bristolian


Moles Black Rat
Thatchers Katy
Thatchers Katy Rose


A true hidden gem in the heart of Kingsdown. This is a small and cosy pub, but still has the charm of a drinking hole from back in the day. At around £2.10 per pint, it still has the prices from back then too! This is quickly becoming one of my favourite locals. The bizarre thing about this place is the outside toilets with the amazing mural all over it. Not one I want to brave on this cold winter nights! Read the rest of this entry »

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