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

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

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Real Ale in the Quantocks

Real Ale has been a feature of our life in Nether Stowey. Ten years ago we set up Real Ale Walks, taking groups of walkers up into the Quantocks and then down into the pubs for a unique real ale experience.

Seven years ago we opened the Stowey Brewery providing craft real ale to the pubs […]

Film and Food in the Quantocks

We have just had the most marvelous weekend of events here in the Quantock Hills; an outdoor screening of the Samuel Taylor Coleridge film Pandaemonium and a pop-up pizza at Clavelshay Barn.

Listen to our audioblog…

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