No, not a case of spell-check gone mad or Paul Hogan extolling the virtues of an Alpine fizzy drink – no, I’m in search of the near extinct Vienna lager.

Think ‘Austria’ and this conjures up a country renowned for its sticky cakes, coffee and, perhaps, diethylene glycol […]

By |July 5th, 2017|CAMRA, Real Ale, Stowey Brewery|0 Comments


Stonehenge is a lovely sight although, on occasion, you can have too much of a view, especially after midday on a Friday when you are negotiating the two-lanes-into-one on the A303. However, perhaps we take the view for granted – we did, so we decided to have a closer look.

Don’t call us tight, but the […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Walking|0 Comments

The George Hotel

After 16 months we are back to our full complement of pubs in Nether Stowey with the George Hotel reopening its doors today.

The George had a major fire in December 2015 causing the pub to close whilst the pub was rebuilt (very slowly). This did not, however, mean that we were without Bill’s friendly face […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Nether Stowey|0 Comments

Bridgwater Bristol Road Diversions


It’s a pain but forewarned is forearmed and the main route into Bridgwater via the Bristol Road i.e. from the north via the M5 is subject to major work for the next six months.

Whilst the Quantock Hills are lovely, out on the coast we have a new power station being built and […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Traffic|0 Comments

Sweet Potato and Avocado Muffins

We often think that vegetarians get short shrift when it comes to cooked breakfasts so we’ve done our best to redress this issue here at The Old Cider House by ensuring that all our veggie guests get as good as, if not better, than the carnivores.

This week we have avocados left over and found this […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Breakfast, Food|0 Comments

Walkers are Welcome

We are thrilled to announce that Nether Stowey and Over Stowey have been awarded Walkers are Welcome status. The Walkers are Welcome accreditation is part of a national network of towns and villages that offer a special welcome to walkers. There are now over 100 communities that are members around the country with six in […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Quantock Hills, Quantocks, Uncategorized, Walking|0 Comments

Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards

We are delighted to have won the Gold Award at the very first Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards held at the Hilton, Cadbury House on Wednesday 19th October for Dog Friendly Business of the Year.

These new awards were set up to both promote the area and to reward all those hard working business who […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Dog Friendly|0 Comments

Building a Pizza Oven

They are the must have for the garden this year – but instead of buying a pizza oven we built our own from scratch.

Inspired by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s, River Cottage design, we rolled our sleeves up and practised our brickwork, plastering and tiling to produce our very own Gaudiesque wood-fired oven, complete with cold smoker.

Throughout […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Food, The Old Cider House|0 Comments

Late Summer in the Quantocks

Late summer in the Quantocks is just beautiful. There’s a special kind of light, often filtered through early morning or evening mists making a trip up to the tops before breakfast, or just as the sun sets, well worthwhile.

It’s at this time of year that the gorse and heather are at their best with a […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Quantock Hills, Quantocks|0 Comments

Spanish Evening

The weather forecast for Saturday evening was fine and when we suggested a Spanish evening, eating out in the garden, our guests were very keen.

We spent the day preparing an eight course tapas starter (the king prawns wrapped in rice and breadcrumbs were very nice) with paella to follow and a passion fruit cheesecake. The Stowey […]

By |August 14th, 2016|Food|0 Comments