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West Somerset Railway

In the slightly quieter months we like to spend some time doing the sort of things that our guests do when they stay with us here at The Old Cider House in the Quantock Hills.

Today we went on the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard to Watchet. This is just a short drive away over […]

By |November 2nd, 2014|The Old Cider House, West Somerset Railway|0 Comments

Somerset Hop Picking

For the past few years the Stowey Brewery has been growing its own hops in order to make what are known as ‘green hopped’ beers for the autumn. These beers are slightly ‘fresher’ and lighter than traditional bitters and are a cross between a summer ale and a more recognisable standard real ale.

The hop flowers […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Quantock Hills, Real Ale, Stowey Brewery|0 Comments

Ian and the Stowey Brewery on the Longest Day (21.06.14)

This weekend saw us here at The Old Cider House working hard at any number events in and around Nether Stowey and the Quantocks promoting both the area and local beer.

On Friday Ian spent his day on the back of a very noisy and uncomfortable tractor trailer giving a running commentary to groups of cider and […]

The Smell of the Quantocks!

What, you didn’t think the Quantocks had a smell? Well, Exmoor (the Quantocks’ bigger cousin) does!

Exmoor is just down the road from us, but we’re not sure we’ve ever noticed it had a particular aroma. That is until watching the telly the other night when there was an advert for new Air Wick ‘National Parks […]

Trip Advisor

Some B&B’s dislike Trip Advisor, complaining that it does not give an accurate reflection of a property and that reviews are made up.

As far as we are concerned, the site gives an accurate reflection of our property and what we do. It also allows guests to report any niggles and, in turn, allows us to do […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brewery Workshops

It’s Saturday and our next group of brewers have arrived for our tutored brewery workshop here at the Stowey Brewery. Whether you are a keen home brewer or are thinking about setting up your own micro, nano or even smaller brewery, these courses are just so much fun!

Just two brewers today – meaning that there […]

By |March 8th, 2014|Real Ale, Stowey Brewery|0 Comments

Snowdrop Valley – Worth a Visit

During February Exmoor sees a beautiful natural phenomenon – the blooming of thousands of snowdrops in ‘Snowdrop Valley’ and, as we’re only a short car journey away, we thought we’d go and have a look.

The Valley is close to the village of Wheddon Cross, just inland from Dunster and Minehead, both worth a visit in […]

By |February 28th, 2014|Exmoor, Walking|0 Comments

We Cater for all Diets!

Like lots of people we know, we all overdid it a bit at Christmas and the pounds piled on – it was so easy to eat that box of Quality Street and dip into those nuts, however, we are now paying for it and need to shed a few pounds.

So, how to do it? Well […]

By |February 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Somerset Open for Business

You could be forgiven for thinking that Somerset is under water, having listened to this morning’s news. Yes, we have had our fair share of rain, but given that we are the ‘Summer People’ – the descendants of a people who understood that certain areas of the County were so low lying that they habitually […]

A French Real Ale!

From the Stowey Brewery, The Old Cider House, Nether Stowey.

Having a small craft brewery means that we can make small amounts of beer that larger breweries could not commercially produce and we have been lucky enough to be able to source a reasonably new hop – Aramis – a French hop supposedly with  ‘sweet, spicy […]

By |January 11th, 2014|Real Ale|0 Comments