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7th Bristol Cider Festival 2011 Review

Address: Brunel’s Old Station, Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Date: 5th-6th August 2011

Date Visted: 6th August (Evening Session)


One of the highlights of the Bristol cider calendar is the bi-yearly cider festival organised by Lilleys cider (CLS tickets). This is held at the Passenger Shed, right next to Bristol Temple Meads train station, which has fairly ample room for plenty of cider and cider drinkers.

This year saw the usual 4 bars stocked with 115 ciders from 17 different producers. If you have been more than once, then the same familiar names come up again and again, such as Broadoak, Gwynt y Ddraig and Mr Whiteheads. If you are a sweet cider drinker then head to bar 1, for all other cider tastes then head to any of the 3 other bars.

My first piece of advice if you want to get a table, then go early. I got there around 7:45pm and every table was taken, so like many others, we had to sit on the floor. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, but for others who like their comforts, then it’s something to bare in mind.

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The Moot (Nottingham) Review

Address: The Moot, 27C Carlton Rd, Nottingham, NG3 2DG


Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon
Hecks Farmhouse Cider
Mr Whiteheads Cirrus Minor


Westons Medium Sweet Cider
Westons Vintage Special Reserve


Walking up to this place it appeared the town was getting rougher and rougher and it didn’t look like it was in the best of locations (it reminds me walking to the Bristol Cider House in Bristol). However, the pub itself was brilliant, even if a little odd with its shape from the outside. There was 3 proper ciders on tap and I was a happy chappy. I went for the Hecks cider and it went down a treat.

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Ye Olde Salutation Inn (Nottingham) Review

Address: Ye Olde Salutation Inn, 54 Hounds Gate, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6AJ


Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon
Thatchers Gold
Westons 1st Quality Cider
Westons Country Perry
Westons Organic Vintage Cider
Westons Old Rosie
Westons Cider Ice


Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon
Kingstone Press
Thatchers Green Goblin
Thatchers Katy
Westons Vintage
Westons Perry


This was probably the best cider pub in Nottingham we found for its range of ciders alone. Although most were made up from Westons/Thatchers, it did have the likes of Black Dragon which were a nice alternative. From a history point of view, this is one of the oldest pubs in Nottingham, with it dating back to 1240 AD. Apparently they have their own ghost called Rosie too and do ghost walks. Not my thing, but could be for you! It seemed a pretty laid back traditional pub that I’d definitely visit again. Read the rest of this entry »

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