Raising the profile of Real Cider in London: london-cider.blogspot.com
NEWS: The presentation of London Cider Pub of the Year 2012 to the Sussex Arms in Twickenham took place on Thursday 28th February 2013. From left to right: Ian White (Reginal Cider Co-ordinator), Ash Zobel and Peter Brew.
Real cider is a traditional drink produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasteurised, i.e. Real cider and perry is essentially the fermented juice of the fruit with nothing added and nothing taken away. Unfortunately the majority of the cider sold in the UK is mostly made from imported apple concentrate, is full of artificial colouring, sweeteners, and preservatives, is filtered, is pasteurised to render it inert and is kept and served under carbon dioxide pressure.
CAMRA has supported the interests of cider and perry producers since the early years of the campaign. Since 1995 there has been an Apple and Pear Liaison Executive (aka APPLE). Always Paralytically Pissed Late in the Evening). These now rare drinks are realistically only available outside their native areas at a handful of pubs, mostly CAMRA friendly pubs and of course Beer and Cider Festivals.
We have only a few pubs in the Richmond and Hounslow Branch area that always has at least one cider and/or perry available.
These pubs that we know are:
Watermans Arms, 375 Lonsdale Road, Barnes
Black Dog Beer House, 17 Albany Road, Brentford
The Stable*, 8 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford.
The Mitre, 20 St Mary's Grove, Richmond.
Express Tavern, 56 Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford.
Roebuck, 130 Richmond Hill. TW10 6RN.
Red Lion, 92/94 Linkfield Rd, Isleworth
Moon on the Square, 30 The Centre, High St, Feltham
Moon under Water, 84/88 Staines Rd, Hounslow
Sussex Arms Ale & Cider House, in Twickenham. (six on hand-pump)
William Webb Ellis, 24 London Rd, Twickenham
Fox, 39 Church St, Twickenham
Masons Arms, 41 Walpole Rd, Teddington
Mute Swan, Hampton Court
* This a Pizza restaurant with a very good selection of cider. You can enjoy the ciders on offer without any obligation to eat.
NB. In number of pubs Cider is only available during the summer months.
Cider hand-pumps at the Sussex Arms Aug 2011
On the CAMRA website there is a list of the most common ciders that CAMRA does not recognise as being real:
Cider Not Recognise as Being Real by CAMRA
To find out more about cider and perry please visit the CAMRA web-site.
Bob Gordon has taken on the role of the branch Cider and Perry Representative. See Committee page.