The thing I enjoy most about this blogging game is that it allows me to throw light on good people doing good things in and around Bristol. When I moved here 6 months ago, one of those good people was Pete Snowman — owner of the Bristol Cider Shop. I went along to one of his wonderful tasting sessions and produced a few lines on the subject.
The latest news from Bristol Cider Shop HQ is they’ve moved from their previous spot on Christmas Steps to the stylish and contemporary confines of Cargo, on Wapping Wharf. (If you’re not sure where that is, it’s by the Harbour on the corner of M-Shed.)
The Cider Shop is one of the first Bristol businesses to establish itself in Cargo, and the doors will swing open to the city’s cider-loving public on Saturday the 15th October. As before, the shop will showcase a superb range of real cider and perry from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and beyond, but the focus has grown to include cider-and-food pairings.
Alongside the shop, the cider café will serve traditional cider-related food such as pork-and-cider pies by day. By night, the venue will host those wonderful cider-tasting evenings for which the Bristol Cider Shop is famous. During the tastings, participants will step into the world of cider and learn how pairing it with cheese brings out the delicious flavours. Like the cider, the food will all be sourced locally from independent producers. So it’s good news all round, really.
Once up and running, The Cider Shop plan to host tasting evenings every Friday night. Alongside this, we can expect a calendar full of cider-and food-matching evenings, cider dinners and ‘Meet the Producer’ sessions. Groups can book private tasting sessions, and the venue will even be hosting cider-themed Christmas parties for the first time.
To book a tasting, to check out the online shop, or to see details on the ciders available, contact The Cider Shop here. Tastings cost £20 per person and include 10 award-winning ciders, Somerset Cider Brandy plus bread and cheese. Highly recommended. Cheers babbers.