The best pubs for drinking and appreciating Cider.

Real Cider gives suggestions for pubs all around the country, where you will be served cider or perry, cheers!

The following links to you directly to the list of pubs in each County:

West Midlands

East Midlands



  • The Coopers Tavern, 43 Cross Street, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1EG 01283 532551
  • Lough Inn, 7 Ford street, Stepenhill, DE15 9LE, 01283 548160
  • The Devonshire Arms, Station Street, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1BT
  • The Wetmore Whistle, 93 Wetmore Road, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1SH 01283 515762
  • The Oak & Ivy, 119-120 Wellington St, Burton-on-Trent DE14 2DP 01283 532508


  • The Linford Arms Cannock Town centre


  • Fox & Anchor, Brewood Road, Coven, Wolverhampton WV9 5BX Tel: 01902 798786
  • The Harrows Inn, Stafford Road (A449) Coven, Wolverhampton WV9 5AW

Fradley Junction

  • The Swan, Fradley Junction


  • The Blue Bell Inn 25, Hardings Wood, Kidsgrove, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, ST7 1EG 01782 774052


  • The Bull’s Head 35 St Edward Street, Leek ST13 5DN


  • Acorn Inn, 12 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6JJ


  • The Green Man, Milwich ST18 0EG Tel: 01889 505310


  • Old Brown Jug, 43 Bridge street, SST5 2RY


  • Kings Ditch51 Lower Gungate, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7AS


  • Wheatsheaf, 84-92 Church Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1BU (Tel: 01782 747462)

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Bishop’s Castle

  • Three Tuns, Salop Street, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SY9 5BN 01588 638797


  • The Hare & Hounds , 8 Bernard Hill , WV15 5AX . 01746 763043
  • Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth, Railway Stn, Bridgnorth WV16 5DT

Clee Hill

  • The Kremlin Clee Hill, Ludlow, SY8 3NB 01584 890950


  • White Horse Inn, The Square, Clun 01588 640305

Craven Arms

  • The Swan Inn, Aston Munslow, Craven Arms SY7 9ER, 01584 841415.


  • Coalbrookdale Inn 12 Wellington Road , Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, TF8 7DX. 01952 433953
  • Ye Olde Robin Hood Inn , 33 Waterloo St, Ironbridge, Telford, TF8 7HQ tel: 01952 433100


  • Church Inn, The Buttercross, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AW 01584 872174
  • Charlton Arms, Ludofrd Bridge, SY8 1PJ 01584 872 813
  • Marches Little Beer Shoppe, 1 Old Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1NP 01584 878999


  • Cider House Wootton Green 01746 780285


  • Coach and Horses, Swan Hill, SY1 1NF
  • Three Fishes, 4 Fish Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1UR
  • The Admiral Benbow, 24 Swan Hill . SY1 1NF . 01743 244423


  • Cock Hotel 148 Holyhead Rd, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 2DL 01952 244954


  • Cider House, WV15 6EB 01746 780 285

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  • The Holly Bush , Henley Street, B49 5QX
  • The White Lion, Evesham Street, B49 5DS

Edge Hill

  • The Castle Inn, OX15 6DJ


  • The Navigation, Old Warwick Road, Lapworth, B94 6NA. Tel: 01564 783337.


  • Church End Brewery, Ridge Lane, CV10 0RD 01827 713080


  • Merchant’s Inn, 5-7 Little Church Stree, CV21 3AW 01788 578 660


  • The Queens Head, Main Street, WR11 7UE


  • The Black Horse, Station Road, CV36 4BT


  • The Griffin Inn, Church End, Shustoke (01675 481205 B46 2LB


  • The Golden Bee, 41-42 Sheep St, CV37 6EE 01789 203860

Warings Green

  • Blue Bell Cider House, Wargins Green Road, B94 6BP

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Abbey Dore

  • The Neville Arms Abbey Dore, Herefordshire HR2 0AA (01981 240319)

Bishops Frome

  • The Hop Pocket Craft Centre, New House Farm, Bishops Frome, Herefordshire WR6 5BT Tel: 01531 640592

Bringsty Common

  • Live and Let Live, Bringsty Common, Bringsty, nr Bromyard, Worcestershire, WR6 5UW (01886 821462)


  • Bulls Head SO278360 (01981 510616)


  • New Strand Inn HR3 6PW (01544 327285)


  • The Barrels 69 St. Owen Street, HR1 2JQ (01432 274968)
  • The Brewers Arms 97 Eign Road, HR1 2RU (01432 273746)
  • Brittania 7 Cotterell St, HR4 0HH (01432 272908)
  • The Spread Eagle, King St, HR4 9BW (01432 272205)
  • The Victory 88 St Owen Street, HR1 2QD (01432 274998)


  • The New Harp Inn Hoarwithy, Herefordshire, HR2 6QH T:01432 840900


  • Prince of Wales Church Lane, HR8 1DL (01531 632250)
  • The Retreat, High Street HR8 1DS (01531 632766)


  • Black Horse 74 South Street, HR6 8JF 01568 611946
  • Black Swan Hotel West Street, HR6 8EP 01568 612020
  • The Mortimers Cross Inn, Mortimers Cross, Nr Leominster, HR6 9PD

Little Cowarne

  • The Three Horseshoes Inn Little Cowarne, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4RQ (01885 400276)

Much Marcle

  • Scrumpy House HR8 2NQ (01531 660626)
  • The Walwyn Arms HR8 2LY (01531 660644)


  • Loughpool Inn Sellack, HR9 6LX (01989 730236)
  • Crown and Sceptre, Market Place, HR9 5NX

St Owen’s Cross

  • New Inn, St. Owen’s Cross, Herefordshire HR2 8LQ Tel: 01989 730274

Symonds Yat

  • Saracens Head, Symonds Yat East, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JL 01600 890435


  • The Stagg Inn, Titley, Kington HR5 3RL 01544 230221


  • Wellington Inn HR4 8AT 01432 830367

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  • The Firefly, 54 Lowesmoor Worcester WR1 2SE
  • Weatheroak Ales, 25 Withybed Lane, Alvechurch 0121 445 4411


  • Star Inn, Ashton-under-Hill WR11 7SN Tel: 01386 881325

Astley Burf

  • Hampstall Inn, Astley Burf DY13 0RY Tel: 01299 822600


  • Round of Gras, Bretforton Road, WR11 7XQ 01386 830206


  • The Mug House Inn, Severnside North
  • The Horn & Trumpet Dog Lane DY12 2EH , 01299 403774 .


  • Nailers Arms, Doctors Hill (Near Bromsgrove), B61 9JE


  • The Fleece Inn, The Cross, WR11 7JE 01386 831173


  • Plume Of Feathers Inn

Chaddesley Corbett

  • Fox, Bromsgrove Road, DY10 4QN

Cleeve Prior

  • King’s Arms, Bidford Road, WR11 8LQ 01789 773335


  • Cider House (Monkey House) Woodmancote (A4104) 01386 750234


  • Crown, Waterside, WR11 1JZ
  • Old Red Horse, Vine Street, WR11 4RE
  • Royal Oak, Vine Street, WR11 4RE


  • Rose & Crown, High Street, B96 6HS


  • The Crown Inn Hallow, WR2 6LA.

Malvern Link

  • Nag’s Head 21 Bank Street, WR14 2JG (01684 574373)


  • Brandy Cask, 25 Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AJ (Tel: 01386 552602)
  • Capers Fine Foods, 10 High St.


  • The Queens Head Inn 1 Main Street, Sedgeberrow, Evesham WR116UE +44(0)1386 881447


  • The Angel Inn, Severnside, Stourport-on-Severn (Tel: 01299 822661)
  • Ye Olde Crown Inn, 9 Bridge Street, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8XB (Tel: 01299 825693)

Tenbury Wells

  • The Vaults, 11 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR158BB +44(0)1584 811883


  • Kings Head, Riverside, High Street, WR8 0HF


  • The Live and Let Live, Whitbourne, Bromyard WR6 5SP (Tel: 01886 821016)


  • Lock Inn, Wolverley Road, Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY10 3RW. 01562 850581.


  • The Cricketers, Angel Street WR1 3QT (01905 23583)
  • The Crown, Broad Street WR1 3LL
  • Dragon Inn, 51 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JT
  • Eagle Vaults, 2 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2LZ
  • Pig and Drum, 53 Lowesmoor, Worcester WR1 2RS (Tel: 01905 23705).
  • The Plough, Deansway, Worcester WR1
  • Postal Order, 18 Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DN
  • The Swan with Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP Tel: 01905 21890

Wyre Piddle

  • The Anchor, Wyre Piddle, near Pershore WR10 2JB (Tel: 01386 556059)

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West Midlands


  • Bartons Arms, 144 High Street, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UP (0121 333 5988)
  • The Briar Rose, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, Birmingham B2 5RE (0121 634 8100)
  • The Highbury – Dads Lane, B13 8PG – 0121 414 1525
  • Tap & Spile, Gas Street, Birmingham B1 2JT (0121 632 5602)
  • The Wellington, 37, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN (0121 200 3115) In City Centre.
  • The Figure Of Eight, Broad St, Birmingham
  • Anchor Inn, Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6ET (0121 622 4516)
  • Island Bar, 14-16 Suffolk Street, Birmingham B1 1LT (0121 632 5296)
  • The White Swan, Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TT

Brierley Hill

  • George Gallagher,7 Church Street, DY5 3PT


  • The Town Wall Tavern, Bond Street, Coventry CV1 4AH (Tel: 024 7622 0963)
  • Nursery Tavern 38 Lord Street, Chapel Fields, Coventry, West Midlands, CV5 8DA (Tel: 024 76674530)


  • The Waggon and Horses, 131 Toll End Road, Ocker Hill, Tipton (0121) 502 6453.
  • Fountain Inn, 8 Temple Street, off A459 Lower Gornal West Midlands 01384 242777

Hockley Heath

  • Blue Bell, Warings Green Road, Hockley Heath, Solihull, West Midlands, B94 6BP Tel: 01564 702328

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  • The Old Poets’ Corner, 1, Butts Road, Ashover, Derbyshire. S45 0EW 01246 590888


  • The Derby Tup
  • The Arkwright Arms


  • Boat Inn, Scarthin, DE4 3QF


  • Alexandra Hotel, 203 Siddals Rd, DE1 2QE
  • Brunswick, 1 Railway Terrace, DE1 2RU
  • Bishop Blaise 114 Friar Gate, DE1 1EX 01332 297065
  • Flower Pot, 23-25 King Street, DE1 3DZ


  • Turks Head, 65 Church Street, DE12 7PX 01530 270220


  • Globe, 144 High street west SK12 8HJ


  • The Dead Poets Inn, Chapel Street, Holbrook, Derbyshire DE56 0TQ 01332 780301

Horsley Woodhouse

  • The Old Oak Inn, 176 Main Street, Horsley Woodhouse, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 6AW (01332 881299)

Kirk Ireton

  • The Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton is off the B5023 Wirksworth-Duffield road, near Idridgehay

Long Duckmanton

  • The Arkwright Arms, Chesterfield Rd, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton, Chesterfield. S44 5JG 01246 232053

Long Eaton

  • Twitchell Inn, Long Eaton, Notts. NG10 1ED (01159 722197)


  • Nags Head, Butterley Hill, Ripley

South Normanton

  • The Clock, 107 Market Street, South Normanton. DE55 2AA (01773 811396)
  • The Devonshire Arms, 137 Market Street.

Two Dales

  • The Plough Inn, Wheatley Road, Two Dales, nr Matlock, DE4 2FF

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  • Victoria Hotel 85 Dovecote Lane, NG9 1JG (0115 9254049)


  • Marquis of Granby, Dragon Street, Granby, Vale of Belvoir, Nottinghamshire NG13 9PN


  • The Bold Forester Botany Avenue, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG18 5NG (01623 623970)


  • The Fox and Crown 4 Appletongate, Newark, Nottinghamshire. NG24 1JY (01636 605820)


  • The Old Moot Hall Carlton Rd, Sneinton
  • Vat & Fiddle, Queens Bridge Road, Nottingham. NG2 1NB (0115 985 0611)
  • Black Lion, Main Road, HG12 2FD
  • Bunkers Hill Inn, 36-38 Hockley, Nottingham. NG1 1FP (0115 910 0114)
  • The Company Inn Castle Wharf, Canal Street, NG1 7EH (0115 934 9020)
  • Langtry’s 4, South Sherwood St, Nottingham. NG1 4BY (0115 947 2124)
  • Lincolnshire Poacher 161 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FW (0115 941 1584)
  • The Newshouse 123 Canal Street, NG1 7HB (0115 950 2419)


  • Plough Inn 17 St. Peters Street, Radford, NG7 3EN (0115 970 2615)


  • Horse & Jockey, Church Lane, Selston, Notts. NG16 6FB (01773 781012)


  • The Bramley Apple, 51 Church Street, Southwell, Notts. NG25 0HQ (01636 813 675)

Sutton in Ashfield

  • The Picture House, Fox Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. NG17 1DA (01623 554627)

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  • Malt Shovel, 27 Main Street, LE7 3QG


  • Old Plough Inn, 2 Church Street, LE15 8QY

Clipsham (Rutland)

  • Olive Branch – Main Street, LE15 7SH (01780 410 355)


  • The Monkey Walk – 1, Marlborough Square, LE67 3WD (01530 278950)


  • Heathcote Arms – Hill St, LE9 6EG (01455 282439)


  • Red lion, 24 High Street, DE74 2DA 01509 672 466


  • The Bewicke Arms – 1 Eastgate, Hallaton, LE16 8UB (01858 555217)


  • Jolly Sailor, Main Street, DE74 2RB (01332 810448


  • The Baron of Hinckley – 5-7 Regent St, LE10 0AZ (01455 890169)
  • Wharf Inn – Coventry Road, LE10 0NQ (01455 615830)


  • Red Lion – 24, High St (01509 672466)


  • Ale Wagon – 27, Rutland St, LE1 1RE (0116 2623330)
  • Black Horse – 1, Foxon St, LE3 5LT (0116 2540030)
  • Criterion – 44, Millstone Lane, LE1 5JN (0116 2625418)
  • Swan & Rushes – Infirmary Sq/Oxford St, LE1 5WR (0116 2339167)
  • The Western – 70 Western Road, LE3 0GA


  • The Moon & Bell – 6, Wards End, LE11 3HA (01509 241504)
  • The Paget – 41 Oxford Street, LE11 5DP (01509 266216) Email: [email protected]
  • Swan in the Rushes – 21, The Rushes (01509 217014)
  • Tap & Mallet – 36, Nottingham Rd (01509 210028)

Melton Mowbray

  • Harboro Hotel – 47 Burton Street, LE13 1AF (01664 560121)


  • Cow & Plough – Stoughton Farm Park, Gartree Rd (0116 2720852)
  • The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal – 96-100 The Parade, LE2 5BF (0116 2720957)


  • Chandlers Arms – Fenny Lane, LE17 6PL (0116 2478384)

Uppingham (Rutland)

  • Crown Hotel – 15 High Street East, LE15 9PY (01572 822302)


  • Black Horse – Lutterworth Road, LE17 4JU (01455 552684)


  • The William Wygston – 84 Leicester Rd, LE18 1DR (0116 2888397)


  • Berkeley Arms – 59 Main Street, LE14 2AG (01572 787587)

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  • Montagu Arms, PE8 5PH (01832 273726)


  • The Samuel Lloyd, Rockingham Road/Gretton Road, NN17 1AD (01536 447910)


  • The Cock Inn, NN14 4EC (01832 732565)


  • Star Inn, 2 Bridge Street, NN14 1AD (01536 742386)


  • Blue Bell Inn, 90 High Street, NN17 3DF (01536 770404)
  • The Hatton Arms, 14, Arnhill Road, NN17 3DN (01536 770268)


  • The Earl of Dalkeith, 13-15 Dalkeith Place, NN16 0BS (01536 312589)
  • Piper , Windmill Avenue, NN15 6PS +44 (0) 1536 513870


  • Queen Adelaide, 50 Manor Road, Kingsthorpe Village, NN2 6QJ (01604 714524) email: [email protected]


  • Red Lion, 7 The Hill, LE16 8YX (01536 771268)


  • The Royal Oak, Church Street, NN6 6DA (07985 408240)


  • Malt Shovel Tavern, 121 Bridge Street, NN1 1QF (01604 234212)
  • Racehorse, 15 Abington Sq, NN1 4AE (01604 631997)

Stoke Bruerne

  • The Boat Inn, canalside / Bridge Street, Stoke Bruerne, near Towcester (01604 862428)


  • The George Inn, 21 High Street North, NN12 8AD 01327 350587


  • The Red Well, 16 Silver Street, NN8 1BD (01933 440845)


  • White Swan, 22 Main St, PE8 5EB (01780 470944)

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  • Blue Pig, 9 Vine Street, NG31 6RQ
  • Hallam’s, Unit 17, The George Centre, NG31 6LH
  • Tollemache Inn, 17 St Peter’s Hill, NG31 6QF 01476 594696


  • The Prussian Queen , Main Road, Saltfleetby, Louth LN117TP Tel: 01507 338707


  • Gardeners Arms, Springfield Shopping Centre, PE12 6ET


  • Green Man, 29 Scotgate, PE9 2YQ 01780 752598
  • The Jolly Brewer, Foundry Rd, PE9 2PP 01780 755141
  • Simpole Clark Deli, 10 St Pauls Street, PE9 2BE 01780 480646


  • The Clickem Inn, Swinhope, Market Rasen, Nr. Binbrook, North Lincs LN8 6BS : 01472 398253


  • Kings Head Inn Mill Road, Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, LN12 1PB Tel: 01507 339990


  • Brandy Wharf Cider Centre, Brandy Wharf, DN21 4RU 01652 678 364

An old, but very comprehensive guide to finding cider is on the Independent newspaper web site.

Starting off with this statement

The Wurzels couldn’t get enough of it and Julius Caesar liked a tipple, too. Cider may be seen as an English drink, but discovers its appeal stretches from France and Spain to as far afield as South Africa and the US

Where exactly is cider country?

For our purposes, wherever cider’s the traditional tipple. Cider is now made all over the world from Oregon to Cape Town (the cider market in South Africa is the second biggest in the world after the UK). However, to experience traditional cider-making you should head for Herefordshire, Somerset, Normandy in France or Asturias in Spain.

The best place to start is in Somerset

Somerset has the greatest number of registered farmhouse cider-makers in England. Most are found around the fringes of the Levels, a flat land of big skies and big floods wedged between the Mendips, Quantocks and Blackdown Hills. Certain areas produce particularly good cider, and in Somerset these are located around Wedmore, Glastonbury and Martock.

Enter Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins

Roger Wilkins. Photo credit: Jonathan Latimer

For a good introduction to traditional Somerset cider, call on Roger Wilkins (01934 712385), whose farm sits on a sheltered slope in Mudgley south of Wedmore. In the business for 45 years, Wilkins is a well-known character among Somerset producers and in his unkempt barn he offers nothing but traditional scrumpy from the barrel (medium or dry). In summer there’s often a gathering of locals enjoying a glass of the deliciously fruity cider while they wait to fill up their containers to take home.

It then goes onto travelling farther afield to look at ciders in France, Spain and America.

Definitely worth a read if you are a newcomer to cider, or if you want to learn more about international ciders. Read the full article

Here you will find some various facts about Cider

Entertain your friends when you next share a glass of the good stuff, or use the facts to convert newcomers over to enoying and appreciating the traditional real cider!

  • Cloudy, unfiltered ciders made in the West Country are often called “scrumpy”, from “scrump”, a local dialect term for a small or withered apple.
  • Over two million new cider apple trees have been planted since 1995 (to 2006).
  • In the 14th Century children were baptised in cider, it was cleaner than the water!
  • Farm workers’ wages in earlier times included four pints of cider a day.
  • Captain Cook carried cider on his ships to treat his crew for scurvy.
  • At one time, 365 different varieties of cider apples were grown.
  • In the 19th Century cider was advertised as a cure for the gout and other illnesses.
  • One of the earliest written references to Cider can be found in the Wycliffe ‘Cider’ Bible, printed in the early 15th Century. The Bible gets its name from the translation of the verse ‘For he (John the Baptist) shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink…’. The Cider Bible uses the word ‘cider’ (sidir) for strong drink and it can be viewed today in Hereford Cathedral’s Chained Library.
Vilberie - Bittersweet Cider Apples

Vilberie - Bittersweet Cider Apples

  • The first listing of cider presses as a source of income appears in 1230 in a Royal Charter granted to Jocelin Bishop of Bath.
  • Around 13% of UK adults drink cider at least once a month while 49% drink wine and 51% drink beer.
  • In 1664 John Evelyn wrote ‘Generally all strong and pleasant cider excites and cleanses the Stomach, strengthens Digestion, and infallibly frees the Kidneys and Bladder from breeding the Gravel Stone’.
  • Cider is equally enjoyed by men and women, but women drink half the volume of men.
  • Several commercial cider makers now make single varietal ciders using individual cider apple and other varieties. These include Kingston Black, Tremlett’s Bitter, Dabinett, Cox and Katy.
  • The volume of cider produced annually in the UK is in excess of 6 million hectolitres or 130 million UK gallons.
  • Organic ciders are becoming increasingly available in the UK. To be organic the apples must come from orchards in which no pesticides have been used. One major producer has launched a scheme to have as much as 1,000 acres of old traditional orchards registered as organic with the Soil Association.
  • 45% of all the apples grown in the UK are now used here for cider making. A reducing amount of apple juice concentrate from central European countries like Austria, Germany and Italy is required to make up the shortfall and to blend to produce certain styles of cider.
  • The value of UK cider sales doubled between 2004 and 2008.
  • Since 1995, orchards have planted over 2 million new apple trees.
  • 45 per cent of all UK apples are now used to make cider.
  • There are over 365 different varieties of cider apples.

Thanks to brands like Magners, cider has become a big summer drink.

In fact, the 3rd most popular in the UK:

  1. Pimms 26%
  2. Beer/Lager 24%
  3. Cider 14%
  4. Soft Drink 12%
  5. Rose Wine 5%
  6. White Wine 5%
  7. Prosecco 4%
  8. Gin and Tonic 3%
  9. Champagne 1%
  10. Vodka and Tonic 1%
  11. Other 1%

Cider – that most teenage of alcoholic drinks – has suddenly become cool again.

Artisan producers are popping up across the country, and an increasing number of cider festivals are appearing on the summer calendar.

A fashionable drink like Magners is without doubt a far cry from the cider of the 1990s which was consumed by three less than cool social groups: Teenagers necking ‘White Lightening’ in the park, elderly farmers finding bits of squirrel in home made scrumpy, or Levellers fans.

Today’s British ciders are increasingly becoming as sophisticated as wine, with specific regions, apples, styles and production methods spearheading its revival.

Camilla and Prince Charles tasting Severn Sider

Camilla & Prince Charles tasting Severn Sider - Photo Credit: NACM

Connoisseur’s will immediately say Thatchers is the big name in apple ciders with full flavours separating the men from the boys. There are slightly lighter apple ciders such as Waitrose’s superb Cox’s Apple cider to try if Thatchers proves too much on your first cider encounter.

For a special occasion, i.e. not in the pub garden, it’s worth trying a vintage or ‘dated cider’ which a lot of top end off licences have started stocking. A safe start might well be Henry Weston 2007 Vintage Cider; well safe in terms of taste but alcohol wise it’s a whopping 8.2 per cent, so leave the car at home. In some circles Pear Cider or ‘Perry’ is deemed a more refined drink than its apple cousin (it’s lighter and less sweet) so if you really want to push the boat out try a bottle of the rather flashy Kopparberg.

Of course no exploration of the cider world would be complete without mentioning Cider Festivals. Now before you start thinking about old man’s scrumpy and dogs with string for leads again, these events are way more exciting than their beer equivalent: For starters there are girls there. Secondly they nearly always take place in beautiful parts of the country such as Bath and involve everyone being legless by mid afternoon… if you can’t pull there then you may as well give up.

And talking of festivals one of the best kept secrets of Glastonbury is the ‘cider bus’ at the back of the main stage serving what could take over from beer as the new winter drink; Hot Spiced Cider.

Cider’s recent overhaul from scary scrumpy to fashionable festival tipple is well documented. Now its lesser-known sibling, perry, has also had a makeover.

Waitrose’s perry sales are up 42 per cent from last year and Magners has just launched Magners Pear with an £8million marketing campaign.

Perry, sometimes known as pear cider, is a drink made with fermented pears instead of apples. And if you’ve ever slurped a Babycham or a warm glass of Lambrini then you’ve already tried it.

Magners has dubbed 2009 the ‘year of the pear’. Like many of the larger brands, including Gaymers and Bulmers, it has opted to call its new drink a pear cider, rather than ‘perry’.

While the Campaign for Real Ale tends to agree and simply defines real, draught perry as: ‘Consisting entirely of non-pasteurised pear… no pear juice concentrates [are] to be used,’ real aficionados believe only pears from the perry pear triangle – the Three Counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, whose traditional perry is protected by a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) – should be used.

‘Perry has to be made from perry pears and is very traditional. Pear cider can use any pear, including culinary fruits.’

Perry pear trees is they take a long time to fruit. Lots of  orchards were lost when perry and cider went out of fashion. With perry back in demand hopefully will signal more orchards being restocked with pear, as well as apple trees.

So, if you’re thinking of switching to the pear, does it make a difference whether you go for farmhouse perry or big-brand fizz?

Perry is less sweet than cider, has a delicate flavour and you can drink it with the same fish and chicken dishes that go with dry white wine. Look for drinks that name their varieties of perry pear. Also, they tend to have fantastic brand names such as Merrylegs and Dunkertons.

It looks like there could be many more converts to Cider and Perry before the summer is out!

If you fancy a trip to Taunton, Somerset, here’s a list of producers to visit over a couple of days in which you can celebrate wonderful cider.

This can be done by bicycle, but it would be safer having a designated driver tour you around!

We suggest the following cider producers for a great day out around Taunton.The postcode link takes you to the location using Google Maps: