When I moved to Bristol almost 8 years ago, my husband introduced me to the wonderful world of cider. Before my move here, cider was just something that you ordered down the pub (with blackcurrant cordial) when you were young, and your parents let you have a cheeky half.
However Cider is something that I have grown to love and appreciate in the almost 8 years of being a west country resident and I have loved exploring all of the cloudy ciders, the sparkling ciders, the fruity ciders…..so many ciders! So, I was very happy when Thatcher’s invited me to a tour of their brewery. Thatcher’s being a staple in any Bristolian cider drinkers diet with so much choice in their range, I have personally always loved Thatcher’s Katy cider.
We arrived on a bit of a wet and miserable day, but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits, we started the tour with a talk from Chris and a look around the apple orchard. I was fascinated to discover that they grew their own apples and to learn about all the different kinds of apples that went into cider.
We then moved onto watch a delivery of apples come in from a local producer.
We were also treated to a look onside the brewery and saw where the cider was made and were talked through the process step by step. This part of the tour was top secret so no cameras aloud I’m afraid.
Once the guided tour was complete we got to taste a range of the ciders. I loved this part, obviously! I got to drink some of my favourite Katy cider, but also tried about 4 other very different ciders that were completely new to me.
The tour and tasting costs £12 and you can book via the thatcher’s website if you fancy it for yourself.
NOW ON TO THE FOOD!!!!
The Railway Inn is situated next door to the brewery and is part of the Thatcher’s family. I have been once before, so I knew I was going to get some pretty decent pub grub
My starter was the scotch Quails egg, featuring soft runny yolk! This was delicious.
For the main event I decided on the burger, so happy that this came with a brioche bun and even more happy that the burger was cooked well and not burnt to a crisp.
All the desserts on the menu sounded wonderful so I did struggle to decide which one to have, I eventually opted for the Tiramisu with chocolate pear. It was very sweet and creamy with a good amount of that lovely coffee flavour that I wanted. Also the chocolate pear in the centre was a welcomed addition to a traditional Tiramisu.
However, I must admit that I did get a teeny bit of dessert envy when I saw the sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb topping come out. It looked scrummy!
I do love the Railway Inn pub, it has a great country vibe and cosy feel to it. I know that they have invested in a refurb in the last few years and they have perfectly married country and modern together. The menu has lots of choice, and the dishes come served as generous portions which is just what you want from a good bit of pub grub.
I’m sure I will return to the Railway Inn soon and hopefully that sticky toffee pudding is still on the menu!