Snowdrop Valley

The snowdrops are out again this year – no doubt still a bit confused about us not having a winter to speak about.

Of course, the place to see these wonderful little flowers is Exmoor’s  ‘Snowdrop Valley’ and two years ago we took our trusty Kodak with us to record the event.

The Valley is close to […]

By |February 4th, 2016|Exmoor|0 Comments

Breakfast Week at The Old Cider House

Breakfast Week at The Old Cider House.

In those long cold days of January, what better than a campaign to get people to start their day with a healthy breakfast?

This week it’s Breakfast week and over the years we’ve made a bit of an effort to do something a little different for our quests over the […]

By |January 30th, 2016|Breakfast, Food, Special Events|0 Comments

Are We Nearly There Yet?

It’s official; the “are we nearly there yet?” conversation starts 2 hours and 37 minutes into a car journey.

Highways England, who look after our motorways and major A roads (yes, your tax went to fund this piece of research), carried out an on-line survey and found that kids utter the phrase after just two and […]

By |July 18th, 2015|Traffic|0 Comments

Dog Friendly Germany

Whilst the Quantocks are very dog friendly, we still have a long way to go to beat some of our European cousins in allowing dogs into public places.

Lynne, Ozy and I have just returned from a week-long dog friendly holiday in western Germany, travelling through France, Belgium and Luxembourg before reaching our destination in the […]

By |March 11th, 2015|Dog Friendly, Dog Friendly Quantocks|0 Comments

Sausage Making!

Christmas is a time for giving and this year I was given a sausage making course held at Huntstile Organic here in the Quantocks.

This was definitely a pig to table type course, run by Martin of Greenway Farm, who has been rearing pigs and making sausages for over a decade. We started by seeing the […]

By |February 21st, 2015|Food|0 Comments

Pebbles Tavern, Watchet

With news of so many pubs closing, at about 30 a week, it’s fantastic to hear of a new real ale pub opening and, not only that, it being a roaring success.

Pebbles Tavern in Watchet is one of those pubs. A small linear bar that looks like it’s been there forever with its distressed walls, […]

By |February 7th, 2015|Real Ale, Stowey Brewery|0 Comments

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 […]