Westcountry Cider Video

Cider - the indigenous drink of the West Country from Kevin Redpath on Vimeo.

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Isles of Scilly turn heat on Jersey over ‘warmest place in Britain’ claim

Comparing Scillonian food and drink with Jersey, we get Scilly: pasty; “scuppered” ale and Jersey: “bean crock” with cabbage bread; cider

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Making Craft Cider – A Ciderist’s Guide

A new book on cider making has been published, called “Making Craft Cider – A Ciderist’s Guide

Here’s the blurb:

Cider has recently seen a surge of popularity both in versions produced by large breweries and by small producers and home cider-makers who value taste and complexity. This book takes us through the history and practicalities, and introduces the concepts and techniques of craft cider production. It looks at the different styles of cider, and the effect of fruit variety, climate and orchard location on the finished drink, and the book concludes with a suggested method for the home cider maker. This is the perfect introduction for anyone considering cider making, and a fascinating explanation of the history and process of real cider production for anyone who just enjoys drinking it.

Making Craft Cider – A Ciderist’s Guide takes readers through the history and practicalities of cider making, and introduces the concepts and techniques of craft cider production. It looks at the different styles of cider, and the effect of fruit variety, climate and orchard location on the finished drink. Each step in the process of production is addressed and explained, including terroir, cider apples, scratting, pressing, measuring and adjusting, yeasts, fermentation, clarity, sweetening cider, and recipe/process experimentation. The book concludes with a suggested method for the home cider maker.

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Greendown Inn Cider Pub of the Year in Glamorgan

HISTORIC Greendown Inn, set in the village of St Brides-super-Ely, in the Vale of Glamorgan, was voted the best Cider Pub of the Year by the Vale of Glamorgan branch.

The pub, which is run by Andrew Quick and his family, features both a cider and a perry served from a hand pump at the bar. Situated just outside Cardiff, the pub seems a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve won,” said Andrew, who has had the pub for 15 years.

“I knew we were shortlisted but I didn’t know we had won. We were in Camra’s guide for the first time last year so to win is great.

“We started serving a Welsh cider and then we switched to a nice cider maker based in north Somerset which goes down very well with our customers, particularly the pear cider.

“We always try and have two ciders on as well as the pear perry.”

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/03/25/landlord-delighted-with-title-of-best-cider-pub-of-the-year-91466-28400765/#ixzz1I4ZmKXoC

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Budget bourguignon: cheap eats in France

Dining out in France doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s one pick of the best budget eateries including crepes with cider.

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Tesco dilutes PriceCheck refund

Supermarkets price checks gimmick can go awry as Tesco found out when compared with Asda. check The example was a basket that included two bottles of Chardonnay, two bottles of Magners pear cider, two bottles of Nivea rich body moisturiser and a pack of mature cheddar.

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Nigel Slater’s salad of mackerel, bacon and potatoes, and black pudding, cabbage and mustard cream dressing recipes

Any recipe that uses fish together with some cider vinegar can’t be too bad.

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