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Thornbury Village Cider & Brewery

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Katja U wrote a review Mar 2021
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Super friendly staff and a great experience. Temperatures were decent yesterday (Feb 28/21) so very nice to sit inside. Igloos come with a heater, but if it's really cold a blanket would be recommended, as they suggest on their website. Flights were very generous, we had the melted brie and the spinach dip with it, all very good. Will def be back!!!!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from DerekH2237, Manager at Thornbury Village Cider & Brewery
Responded 5 Mar 2021
Thank-you so much for your review! It is so nice to be able to welcome people back into our igloo space! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. I'll pass your positive comments on to our staff. Hope to see you again soon!
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Sea B wrote a review Dec 2020
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We reserved a covid friendly igloo with a $25 + hst booking fee, which we assumed was a deposit on our meal, NOT an extra charge for cleaning (our mistake in not questioning it further, to be fair, but an extreme charge on a mediocre experience). We ordered cider flights (tasty) and a charcuterie board which was nothing but several lunchables ( Ritz like crackers, rubbery cheeses, insipid meats and craisins) on a platter. Huge portion could have been vastly improved by quality over quantity. All of our plates and cutlery were throwaway plastic and paper. Why? When the glassware and food platter were in need of sanitation, why not all of it? The final dystopian weirdness was watching the waitress roll out the igloo fogger to erase all residue of our visit. The whole experience was not worth the effort, expense, waste generated or chemical usage.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from DerekH2237, Manager at Thornbury Village Cider & Brewery
Responded 21 Dec 2020
586seab, I'm sorry to hear that you were so disappointed by your experience with us. I would like to clarify some assumptions in your review. As we move through this pandemic we have done our best to be responsive to the feedback of our customers as to what makes them feel comfortable. That feedback has been consistent in that single-use items, particularly cutlery, right now make people feel safer. While we wish to be respectful of this, we also wish to reduce our environmental footprint, which is why all of our single-use side plates and cutlery are completely compostable. We are happy to share this information with any guest who asks, but perhaps we should make it more of a priority to inform people of this up front to avoid confusion. The entirety of our safety and sanitization procedures were created in partnership with, and approved by, the Grey Bruce Health Department. The health unit understandably requires full sanitization of our igloos between guests during the current pandemic. We opted to purchase the fogging unit for this purpose as it is the most effective and efficient method of sanitizing these spaces. It actually does not use chemicals of any kind. It sanitizes with an Anolyte solution that is non-chemical, non-toxic, organic and completely safe for people, pets and the environment. This is one of the most effective Covid-19 sanitizers on the market. As you can imagine it is a substantial investment both for the fogging unit and the solution itself, as well as the Hepa air filter (with charcoal filter and internal UV sanitization) in each igloo, not to mention the cost of the igloos themselves. While we do not want push all of that cost onto our customers, we do need to defray some portion of these expenses. Our desire was to be transparent about that process, so we elected to implement a $25 reservation fee rather than simply raise our prices across the board. This fee and the reasons for it are explicitly stated on our website. We felt this was the more honest approach.
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The Helper Crow wrote a review Nov 2020
Toronto, Canada1793 contributions115 helpful votes
A few days ago I happened to chance upon a Spiced Apple Cider that was absolutely amazing. It was from the Thornbury Village Cider House in Thornbury, Ontario. I was so impressed with it, I decided to take my wife and our whippet and take a day trip out to Thornbury to check it out. So glad we did! The cider house is in a big old building and they had set up these little “igloos” to sit down and drink in. It was a cold, rainy day and we would’ve loved to have stayed there but we had our doggie with us. Turns out you have to make reservations too! Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, they have the retail store set up outside so we had to stand in the cold and look through the window at the different offerings that they have. There was only one girl working there serving us and customers in the igloos - I felt sorry for her but she was great at answering all of our questions and getting us our bottles of cider, beer and wine nice and quick. We were hoping that the prices there would be cheaper than the LCBO, but they were exactly the same. Oh well. We picked up more of the Spiced Apple Cider, Cranberry Apple Cider, a Blood Orange Cider, some of their wine and an IPA. Can’t wait to try it all!! If it’s anything like their spiced apple cider - we will be back for more!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from DerekH2237, Manager at Thornbury Village Cider & Brewery
Responded 4 Dec 2020
WorldVoyager, I'm glad to hear you're a fan of the Spiced Apple- I also like that one warmed up. While we have made the difficult decision to not allow customers to access our regular retail space indoors, so as to best protect our Taproom and Production staff during the current public health crisis, we are also constantly striving to improve our guest experience. We have therefore added a patio heater to the outdoor retail area so as to help keep people warm as they are shopping with us. Our Igloo protocols are also evolving as we work with our local Public Health officials. We do have set time slots for igloo usage in order to maintain our Covid cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Reservations are still strongly recommended, especially on weekends, but we are now able to accept walk-in traffic if we have a opening. Well behaved dogs are always welcome on the patio and in the igloos. In terms of the costing, we are legally obligated to maintain the same pricing as the LCBO. I hope that you enjoy the offerings you've taken home- the Blood Orange is one of our best selling products here at the Cider and Brew House. We hope to see you again soon!
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599Angela wrote a review Oct 2020
Toronto, Canada415 contributions159 helpful votes
I came to Thornbury for the cider. All of it. I desperately wanted to taste it all. Well, if you are planning to drive away from the place, forget it! All they serve is flights - and they pour heavy. The smallest flight was 4 pours of five ounces each. And if you want to taste the spiced cider, well that is only available in 10-ounce servings. So I suddenly had 30 ounces of cider in front of me and my friend and a dinner reservation in two hours! And we needed to order a sausage roll to soak up some of the cider. It was a good sausage roll. And really good cider, too - the four that I had. Especially the blood orange cider. I bought six ciders to take away and savour properly when I am not driving. Reasonable prices. But I suggest you stay in Thornbury or very near it if you want to sample their wares safely.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from DerekH2237, Manager at Thornbury Village Cider & Brewery
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Angela, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the cider and sausage roll. Just to clarify a couple of points you raised, we do offer pints or single tasting glasses as well as flights. A flight of 4 x 5oz glasses is equivalent to one pint and is an industry standard size. The Spiced Cider is available heated in a 10oz serving but is also always available in a single 5oz tasting glass. I apologize that this was not properly communicated to you. We obviously take our social responsibility around drinking and driving very seriously and, as per Smart Serve regulations, are always aware of how much our guests have consumed. Having said that, 30oz between two people over a two hour time period should generally not be sufficient to make either person intoxicated and should leave both people well under the legal limit to drive safely.
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Glen M wrote a review Oct 2020
Toronto, Canada257 contributions43 helpful votes
Went for a cider tasting and a quick snack (humus olives veggies) and a flight of ciders. Service was perfect cider was even better. The special onsite only Blueberry and Blood orange ciders were nicely balanced and an amazing different take on cider. Definitely a place to go out of your way for
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from DerekH2237, Manager at Thornbury Village Cider & Brewery
Responded 6 Oct 2020
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! I will share your kind words about the service with our staff.
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