Real Cider is a long-established traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasteurised. Real Cider is in a similar situation to that which faced real ale some 30 years ago with the number of outlets diminishing even in the West Country. Perry (which is made from pears) is in a similar situation and is rarely available away from the farm gate. Many of the well-known Ciders sold in the UK are not produced naturally from apples, but are cold, fizzy keg products which have been produced artificially.
Unlike Real Ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, Real Cider & Perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe. To highlight this, CAMRA celebrates Cider and Perry months in May and October. October is a very active time for producers, especially for those who make only a small amount of Cider. Harvest time for Cider fruit is roughly from September to November and by October production is in full flow.
We have in our Branch a lot of Pubs that sell Real Cider & Perry
Here are some guides on where you can find some...
In and around Dudley download it here...
In South Staffordhire download it here....
You can always use WhatPub.com and select the 'Real Cider Available' filter
Cider Pubs - Help Wanted
We would like to hear from Cider drinkers. Please let us know which pubs you rate highly for Real Cider & Perry, and why?