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, Cob & Coal and the Up Steps Inn in Oldham town centre, the Baum, the Cask and Feather, 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.

Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2019. The Regal Moon in Rochdale is the current cider pub of the year, having been selected by branch members for it's excellent and varied range of ciders over the past 12 months. See More Beer Spring and Summer editions 2019 and also Wetherspoons News summer 2019 edition.

The Thirsty Fish micro pub in Bury town centre was voted the Best Newcomer in 2019, having sold real cider since it first opened in July 2018. The latest pubs selling real cider are the Cask and Feather in Rochdale town centre and the Cob & Coal in Oldham Market Hall. 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 25 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 December 2019

Go and visit one or more 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 None at present

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

Thirsty Fish, Bury Up to eight various ciders served on gravity, advertised on chalk board on left hand side of the bar

Trackside Bar, Bury Up to eight various ciders served on gravity, advertised on chalk board on right hand side of the bar

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 Black Dragon, Lilleys and others on gravity

Railway Inn, Greenfield Usually one cider sold on hand pump, often Westons Old Rosie

Hare on the Hill, Littleborough One changing cider served by free flow tap from the cellar

Harbord Harbord, Middleton One or two ciders sold on gravity, often Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon

Ashton Arms, Oldham Two or three ciders on sale, usually one on handpump and one or two (usually from Lilleys), in the fridge

Cob 'n' Coal, Oldham Up to eight various ciders served on gravity, by free flow tap from the cool room behind the bar area

Royal Oak Hotel, Oldham Sometimes 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 Up to six real ciders served via free flow taps/hand pump from the cellar, with usually one from Pure North being a regular

Baum, Rochdale Two permanent hand pumps selling ever changing ciders

Cask and Feather, Rochdale One or two ciders served on gravity from fridge, usually advertised by chalk board on the bar

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

Healey, Rochdale One rotating Westons cider on hand pump

Regal Moon, Rochdale Usually between nine and ten ciders served on gravity, normally including Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon, Westons, Thatchers, Thistly Cross or Orchard Pig

JLR Lounge, Royton None at present, although Westons Old Rosie has recently been sold on hand pump

Secret Sip Craft Beer & Tap House, Royton Typically Broadoak and sometimes one other on gravity

Shay Wake, Shaw Two or three ciders on gravity, often Gwynt Y Ddraig Black Dragon, Westons or Thistly Cross

Church Inn, Uppermill Westons Old Rosie on hand pump