Courgette Recipes

With a wet (only at night of course) and warm summer, the produce in the garden has been some of the best we have ever experienced. The word ‘glut’ is often mentioned in our household – usually followed by the word ‘courgettes’!

We are picking three or four courgettes a day and have a dedicated a […]

By |August 6th, 2016|Food, The Old Cider House|0 Comments

Nettle and Dandelion Beer

We were calling ourselves a craft brewery here at the Stowey Brewery, brewing craft beers ten years ago and we’re still brewing interesting beers to date.

For the past few years we have been producing beer from the abundance of fruits, flowers and herbs growing naturally in the Quantock Hills, in Somerset and our latest craft […]

By |July 31st, 2016|CAMRA, Real Ale|0 Comments

Contains Art Marking Time Exhibition

This is the second of two blogs relating to events and activities at Watchet.

We were pleased to be invited to the opening of the Watchet Boat Museum – only to find out that another opening was taking place on the same day. Contains Art is a gallery/exhibition space on the harbour-front at Watchet and their […]

By |July 25th, 2016|Watchet, West Somerset Railway|0 Comments

Watchet Boat Museum

We were very pleased to be invited to the opening of the newly refurbished Watchet Boat Museum this week.

The museum, housed in the former railway goods shed of Watchet railway station, is a bright airy space and full of boats used in Watchet and the Bridgwater Bay area over the centuries; including peat boats (used […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Watchet|0 Comments

Gooseberry and Orange Jam Recipe

With summer in full swing, the garden is laden with fruit and veg and we are doing our best to use everything we harvest.

Over the past few weeks we have seen the soft fruit arrive in abundance; redcurrants, rhubarb and a glut of gooseberries. However, nothing gets wasted here at The Old Cider House and […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Food, Recipes|0 Comments

Short walk in the Quantocks

With the Quantock Hills on our doorstep anyone one wanting a short walk in the Quantocks can either walk straight from the house or, if a quick fix is required, jump in the car and be in the very centre of the hill within five minutes.

One of our favourite dog walks is a two-mile circular […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Quantock Hills, Quantocks, Uncategorized, Walking|0 Comments

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

Walking in the Quantocks at this time of year and you’ll come across glades of wild garlic in many a woodland glade. You normally smell these pungent flowers before you see them – with their pungent garlicky odour filling the air.

The Latin name for the plant is allium ursinum so called due to […]

By |April 27th, 2016|Food, The Old Cider House, Walking|0 Comments

Loo Paper

We have a new cleaner helping us out at The Old Cider House and a debate has arisen about what way the loo paper should go – over or under. We’ve always been an over the top loo paper establishment, however our cleaner has been a drop down and round the back person.

So does it […]

By |April 19th, 2016|The Old Cider House|0 Comments

Can You Trust TripAdvisor

Can you trust TripAdvisor?

We have just responded to the last batch of TripAdvisor reviews, thanking people for their kind comments and dealing with any constructive criticism where appropriate. But what do we think about review sites such as TripAdvisor or comments made on

Many B&B owners are terrified that they will get a bad review […]

By |March 30th, 2016|The Old Cider House|0 Comments

England Coast Path

Last week a further 58 miles of the England Coast Path was opened in Somerset, taking the project nearer to making all 2,700 miles of England’s coastline accessible to walkers by 2020.

The newly opened route joins up the South West Coastal Path to Brean Down, just south of Weston-super-Mare, and we (Ian, Lynne and Ozy […]

By |March 23rd, 2016|Quantock Hills, The Old Cider House|0 Comments