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cider tour by coach

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cider tour by coach

i would love to taste many of the different ciders in Herefordshire, Somerset, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and elsewhere, but obviously don't want to drink and drive.

i've spent quite a great deal of time looking into tour/coach operators (out of any location!!!) who offer cider tasting tours, but haven't found anything except a walking tour (no thanks).

does anyone know of an escorted tour to go cider tasting?

cider AND cheddar tasting would just push things over the top!

thanks.

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1. Re: cider tour by coach

Hi,

What an inspiring and enjoyable prospect! Travel in apple country.

The quick answer is that we cannot find a "chauffeur" coach tour.

Cider is currently enjoying a revival in England.

There is even a TV campaign promoting an imported concentrate, processed industrially, and called cider produced outside the UK.

Real English producers and scrumpy makers are still small businesses with orchards and not yet bought by the international/global frothy drinks and industrial "brewers".

Specialists in the area will know better locally, but our visit to Hereford not long ago revealed little marketing or affinity with "cider".

Perhaps you should stay at regional Inns with rooms near to producers?

We tried to find it on draught as a beverage is this apple county town of Herefordshire.

No luck despite trying in Hereford itself.

Yes, there is a cider museum there.

Bulmers as a family firm disappeared years ago.

On the assumption you know these sites anyway we post for others.

http://www.ciderroute.co.uk/site/index.html

And because we have a bottle in the fridge!

http://www.thatcherscider.co.uk/

The producer is in Somerset of course.

We think you might need to plan your own tour, buy the products and enjoy them later.

Normandy cidre bouché and Calvados are also great, but the French support and subsidise their farming voters.

We have wonderful cider and cider brandy, too. Taxed to the hilt and under punitive licensed control.

Regards

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2. Re: cider tour by coach

Have a look at Westons Cider in Much Marcle Herefordshire. They do tours if the factory and the cider is made from local apples. It's still family owned, and there are some nice places to stay nearby in the town of Ledbury. There are lots of small cider makers in the countryside but you need a car to travel from one to the other.

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3. Re: cider tour by coach

We thought this post needed help.

It deserves major support.

Thanks Makk.

We loved Ledbury from a visit years ago, but another story.

Westons is at:-

www.westons-cider.co.uk/Visitors-Centre/

Cheers.

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4. Re: cider tour by coach

We've done the Weston's tour and it's very good. Beware though, not all the draught Westons Cider - and Thatchers for that matter - is "real" (by the CAMRA definition), although their bottled types are generally very good.

Most of the real cider makers are quite small so won't have visitor facilities like Westons - so the suggestion of staying in the area and visiting proper cider pubs is a good one - The Crown at Woolhope springs to mind and of course The Monkey House at Defford guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jun/13/cide…

Cider is best drunk in old pubs IMHO.

Finally, The Three Counties Show has a large range of ciders - or for something proper local, try The Putley Cider Trials in May :

http://www.bigapple.org.uk/

Mike

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5. Re: cider tour by coach

Westons now own a pub near the factory called The Walwyn Arms where all their ciders will be sold. The Crown at Woolhope is also a good call.

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6. Re: cider tour by coach

I don't know of a tour - perhaps an opportunity here for local businesses ?With the exception of Westons (and or course, Bulmers), the Herefordshire ciders are produced by very small outfits, often just a farm with it's own orchard. These are usually very rural, in places where public transport doesn't go (in fact sometimes where anything bigger than a minibus couldn't go..!). Some of them are not open to the public, either. There are exceptions, of course - Olivers Cider at Ocle Pychard is adjacent to the Burley Gate roundabout (A465 / A417) on the Hereford - Bromyard bus route. To see the cider in production, I suggest you concentrate on two or three makers - Westons to see the larger outfit, and Dunkertons and / or Olivers to see smaller scale. Obviously autumn / winter is the time to see production in full swing ! The suggestion to find it in local pubs is a good one, and you may be able to get accommodation at or near these hostelries in case your legs go wobbly...!

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7. Re: cider tour by coach

I confess, I am a cider drinker.

Many years ago I got really drunk on local scrumpy in Dorset. I am now older and wiser!! I absolutely detest this 'cider on ice business' going on.

Cider should be drunk warm, in an old pub or out of doors in the summer.

If I order a pint and it comes with ice cubes in the glass I send it back, they dont put ice in hubby' s beer so why water down my cider?

I think a B and B at a good pub selling a range of ciders would be brilliant, no driving and you can sleep it off!!

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8. Re: cider tour by coach

How about by bicycle?

www.ciderroute.co.uk/site/ciderCycling.html

it has two routes around Herefordshire

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9. Re: cider tour by coach

I lived in Bath for several years and love scrumpy and cider.

A new shop opened in Bristol recently called "The Bristol Cider Shop". They run tours to cider farms so check out there web site. You have to register for their newsletter to get info on the tours.

http://www.bristolcidershop.co.uk/events.php

And whenever I mention cider and Bristol in the same sentence I always end up recommending the Apple cider barge. I always end up there when I go to Bristol for a couple of pints of scrumpy.

http://www.applecider.co.uk/

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10. Re: cider tour by coach

Although out of area, it would be remiss of me not to mention the national cider collection at Middle Farm : www.middlefarm.com/cider-and-perry.html and the fact that nearby Lewes has plenty of pubs serving real ciders. We even have a couple of wassails in Sussex on Twelth Night.

Anyway...if going down the pub crawl/stay the night route, you do need to pick your towns carefully - many sizeable towns have pubs serving nothing beyond Strongbow on draught and Magners in bottles, a truly shocking state of affairs...

Mike

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