Although not a cider fan (though I once had a cat called Cider - don't ask), I thought you aficionados of the golden liquid may be interested in our experience on hols last week in Asturias, northern Spain. Best of all they serve it high at arms length - without looking at the glass! Makes it all bubbly. They only serve the amount of a large gulp at a time. 2 euros a bottle and all this performance at each serving. Cider heaven I would have thought.
I've never been to Asturia (whereabouts did you go? did you spend long there? was there much to see? I'm very interested to go one day), but have been to Asturian bars and restaurants in other parts of Spain.
The pouring thing is, as you describe, fantastic theatre (when one of the waiters does it) and a great ice-breaker (when I try to do it and spill it all over the bar floor, which no one seems to mind really).
> How about this Thursday 15th? Pommelers Rest or
> the Oak?
Sooner the better (although recent track record of meeting in pubs is a bit poor for getting anything done) for me.
If we don't sort it out over the next week or two, then I think we'll be too late. I really want to do it again in SE1, but we're already half way through September and we have no apples, no press, etc.
Hopefully, if we have enough people who want to do it, then we can have a flurry of activity over the next week or two and get sorted.
Just a week traversing northern Spain from San Sebastian to Oviedo. Mountains, rich countryside, and beaches. Good food. These Siderias are great fun. Maybe you could set one up. Is there a purely Cider focused bar in London?
Dedicated cider bars? Not yet - however, some real varieties to be had (apparently) here:
The White Swan 118 Fetter Lane, Holborn, London EC4A 1ES (A manucube or two of cider and perry)
The Well 180 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JY (A manucube or two of cider and perry)
Chimes of Pimlico, 26 Churton Street, SW1V 2LP (Tel: 020 7821 7456) (English traditional resaurant some ciders and perrys)
The Head of Steam, Eversholt Street, Euston (Tel: 020 7388 2221) (A draught cider or two)
The Wenlock Arms 26 Wenlock Road, Islington, N1 7TA (Great pub a cider or three on tap)
Oakdale Arms 283 Hermitage Road, Harringay, N4 1NP (Tel: 020 8800 2013) (A draught cider or two)
Priory Arms 83 Lansdowne Way, London SW8 2PB (020 7622 1884). (Draught Thatcher's)
There are one or two others too.