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

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

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 Booking.com?

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

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

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 […]