The West Country is the home of proper English cider, so it’s only fitting that this staple sit should be properly celebrated in the region’s urban centre.
The Cider Box will open its doors in St Philips, Bristol, later this month in a Victorian rail arch. Producing its own craft drinks, it’ll give visitors the chance to see their favourite apple-based bev being pressed, fermented and blended, as well as test out the results in the taproom.
The venue will feature a community apple press, cider blending collabs, demos, live music and, of course, taps pouring the freshest cider in town, matured in Speyside whisky barrels. Refillable bottles will also be on offer, so you can enjoy your fave craft ciders in the comfort of your own home.
Forthcoming events include cider and cheese tasting sessions, apple juice tastings for children, fruit pressing workshops throughout autumn, and talks and tastings from cider makers.
“We’re tremendously excited to be rooting ourselves in Bristol, after many years in sunny Shepton Mallet,” says Dan Heath from The Cider Box. “We’ll be throwing open our doors every weekend to celebrate and raise a glass to the finest cider in the land, with a little cheese here and there for good measure.
“The cider landscape is looking brighter than ever, and we’re buzzing to be a part of it here in Bristol, the home of cider. It’s been claimed recently that ‘Manchester is snapping at the heels of Bristol for the City of Cider crown’. We’re doing everything we can to ensure that accolade stays in Bristol. Join us!”
The Cider Box Tap Room launches on 21 March and will be open Fridays (5pm-8pm) and Saturday (12pm-9pm). For the latest news, follow The Cider Box on Facebook.