Real Cider and Perry

Mike Robinson, Branch Cider representative writes: Real cider is a long established traditional drink, which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated nor pasteurised. Traditional cider consists simply of apple juice, which has been allowed to ferment. Modern mass produced ciders are normally served very cold, are pasteurised, and are fizzy because of the extra carbon dioxide put into them during manufacture. There are a tremendous number of flavours and aromas in real cider depending on the types of apples used, in what proportions of each variety of apple the producers choose to blend and where the fruit is grown in Britain. If you have not tried traditional cider before you will be pleasantly surprised.

Perry is made in exactly the same way as cider is from apples, but perry is from pears and like most cider apples, perry pears are grown specifically for perry production. Most traditional ciders and perries are blends of different varieties, but a number of single variety (SV) ciders and perries are made using just one type of apple or pear, like Kingston Black (apple) or Blakeney Red (pear).

The popularity of real cider and perry is rising as more people discover how deliciously mellow and aromatic the flavours of naturally produced cider can be, and CAMRA campaigns to raise the profile of real cider and perry as well as real ale. Traditional cider and perry can be sold by gravity from a polybarrel or from a 'bag in box' from behind the bar, however some pubs sell it by hand pump straight from the cellar. So why not make the change from drinking cold fizzy bland tasting cider and perry to the real thing?

Locally, traditional cider and perry is regularly on sale at the Ashton Arms and the Up Steps Inn in Oldham town centre, the Baum, the Flying Horse and the Regal Moon in Rochdale town centre, the Robert Peel, the Two Tubs, the Earl of Derby, the Thirsty Fish and the Trackside Bar in Bury town centre. Most Wetherspoon pubs throughout the branch area also have a selection of traditional cider and perry on sale.

The Old Post Office Ale House at Castleton, Rochdale was voted the Best Newcomer in 2017, having sold real cider since it first opened. Real cider has been on sale at the Secret Sip Craft Ale Bar in Royton for over 12 months and the latest pub selling real cider is the newest branch micro pub, the Thirsty Fish in Bury town centre, which opened in June 2018. Full details of all branch pubs selling real cider can be found on the CAMRA 'What Pub' website and filtering the results of your search by ticking the 'real cider available' filter box. There are currently 23 pubs selling real cider and perry in Rochdale, Oldham and Bury. A summary of the pubs in the branch area selling real cider and/or perry, showing the range of ciders and/or perry that each pub has on sale, is shown below. The information is correct as at the beginning of September 2018

Go and visit one of the cider pubs mentioned and discover what you have been missing all these years. You will be pleasantly surprised.

If you know of any other pubs in the ROB branch area selling traditional cider or perry on a regular basis please let Mike Robinson, The Branch Cider Representative know so he can visit them to present them with CAMRA "Real Cider sold here" window sticker and posters.

ROB Branch pubs serving real Cider

Earl of Derby, Bury A fruit cider, usually from Lilleys, on hand pump

Lamb, Bury One cider usually on sale on hand pump

Robert Peel, Bury Between two and four ciders served by gravity, typically including Westons, Gywnt Y Ddraig or Thistly Cross

Thirsty Fish, Bury Up to six various ciders served on gravity

Trackside Bar, Bury Up to ten various ciders served on gravity, a majority often from Lilleys

Two Tubs, Bury Usually Westons Old Rosie sold from a glass flagon behind the bar

Old Post Office Ale House, Castleton Up to five ciders, usually Gwynt Y Ddraig, Lilleys and others on gravity

Railway Inn, Greenfield Westons Rosies Pig or Old Rosie on hand pump

Harbord Harbord, Middleton One cider on gravity, often Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon

Ashton Arms, Oldham Two ciders, usually one on handpump and one Lilleys fruit flavoured cider in the fridge

Royal Oak Hotel, Oldham Westons in summer months

Up Steps Inn, Oldham Westons or Gwynt Y Ddraig on gravity

Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom Westons Rosie's Pig on hand pump

Irwell Works Brewery Tap, Ramsbottom Two permanent ciders on hand pump usually from Gwynt Y Ddraig

Major, Ramsbottom Westons Rosie's Pig and Old Rosie on gravity

Ramsbottom Tap, Ramsbottom Six real ciders served via free flow taps from the cellar, with usually one from Pure North being a regular

Baum, Rochdale One permanent hand pump selling an ever changing cider

Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale Two permanent hand pumps selling ever changing ciders

Healey, Rochdale Westons Rosies Pig or Old Rosie on hand pump

Regal Moon, Rochdale Usually five on gravity, normally including Westons Old Rosie, Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon, Thistly Cross and Orchard Pig

Secret Sip Craft Beer & Tap House, Royton Typically Broadoak and one or two others on gravity

Shay Wake, Shaw Westons Old Rosie, Gwynt Y Ddraig and up to three others on gravity

Church Inn, Uppermill Westons Old Rosie on hand pump