Sorry Jon, I think you're mixing me up with Ivanhoe. After a day spent fossil hunting at Frampton on Severn, yesterday evening I went and picked up two cases of Nick Bull's Severn Sider cider. It's been some time since I've been to Awre, and I'd almost forgotten how beautiful it is there. I stood in his orchard and admired the blossom on his Box Kernel trees, which make up the bulk of his cider, and are peculiar to the village. The cider is made in the traditional way: the apples are pulped and pressed, before the un-pasteurised juice is fermented with wild yeasts and then matured in oak barrels. Now all we need to do is get a press………….
I had an idea about this over the weekend. Whilst I was becalmed on the Thames, Mrs I hauled to alongside the cider man in the Market and came away with some lovely perry.
They were having a chat and he told her he'd had a good evening in the Oak the night before (Friday).
I wondered if it would be a good idea to sound him (and the Oak) out about having a cider tasting night in the "Mr Chaucer's lovely cider drinking room" (sorry if I've got the name slightly wrong Tharg). We could have cider and perry, there'd be food from the pub, we could see if we could get the cider man to do a bit of a talk, and add a small mark up on cost to raise a bit of cash for a fruit press (that we could use and then, hopefully, put on permanent loan to some worthy local group).
(Sorry to hear about Tommy, Jon. I suppose it was a good while ago that I was last there.)
Happy to pitch in with organising. I'm going to the Oak tonight, and if the landlord is in I'll have a word with him. If he says the idea is a possible goer, then Mrs I has agreed to have a chat with the nice cider man next weekend.
Shouldn't take much organising, but It's highly likely that I'm underestimating the complexity so meeting up to discuss it over some cider would be a very good precautionary measure.
I'll let you all know how I get on tonight at the pub. In the meantime, there were mentions above about a possible city orchard. Does anyone have contact details? I'll give Roots and Shoots a call to see if they have any interest in giving a good home to a press (unless anyone's got better ideas?).