South West England

Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

Beer & Barrels at Belushi's

18 April 2014 - 21 April 2014

Newquay’s Belushi’s Bar is holding its first ever ale and cider festival over the Easter weekend, writes Greg Richards. The Beer and Barrels festival has the strapline West Vs the Rest as it’ll be featuring a great selection of locally brewed real ale and cider as well as some more unusual northern beers.

The event is being sponsored by Cornwall’s own Skinner’s Brewery. They’ll be showcasing some of their lesser seen beers at the event, along with their new River Cottage EPA which has been developed with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Sparkling wine workshop at Hambledon Vineyard

7 November 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

New Hampshire winery Hambledon Vineyard kicks off its Club events with a sparkling wine workshop this week. Its Club – free to join, the only stipulation is that it’s aimed at lovers of fizz – is dedicated to sharing with you what goes into great sparkling wine, and the evening will be led by the ever-engaging Joe Wadsack.

The evening will include a tour of the spangly new winery, officially opened in the summer by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Grand Pier Cider Festival

21 June 2013 - 23 June 2013

The Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare and Thatchers Cider, have teamed up to stage this year’s Cider Festival.

The festival kicks off in fine style with the legendary Wurzels – Britain’s finest scrumpy & western band – in concert on Friday evening (tickets available online but hurry!) and continues into the weekend.

Bank Holiday Cider Spectacular

Bristol Cider Shop
4 May 2013 - 5 May 2013

This year's Bank Holiday Cider Spectacular from those lovely guys at Bristol Cider Shop heads to a bigger venue just south of the river to cope with demand. Heading to the Southbank Club in Southville, the sell-out "cider and sausage" festival returns, with 30 varieties of local cider and perry available to match with plentiful supplies of sausages.

Furleigh Estate Blanc de Blanc 2009

From the Jurassic coast and former UK Winemaker of the Year comes this white winner.

Apricots and ripe, ripe apples on the nose, perhaps with a light mandarin peel note, this is expressive and elegant. The palate has gentle stone fruits, yeasty notes, and a long finish.


Furleigh Estate Blanc de Blanc 2009, £25, Furleigh Estate website


Bath Ales Festivity

Smells of Christmas spices lead onto flavours of roast malts, dark chocolate and mellow coffee on the palate of this "specially crafted Porter".

Chuffed to hear that my favourite hop, Bramling Cross, is amid the ingredient mix, along with wheat as well as barley malt.

5%; available in bottle and in draught, and online at Bath Ales

Bristol Beer Factory Raspberry Stout

This is superb. Delightful aromas of raspberry mix with dark chocolate, while the palate has a true raspberry seam atop plain chocolate, and a refreshing tart note on the finish.

7.7%; available as part of Bristol Beer Factory's 12 Stouts of Christmas - genius initiative.


Furleigh Estate Anglo-French Christmas Wine Challenge

14 December 2012 - 11:00am - 15 December 2012 - 5:00pm

Join the 2012 UK Winemaker of the year, Ian Edwards, at Furleigh Estate as he takes on the Champenois at their own game: a sparkling wine challenge, judged by YOU!

St Austell Trelawny

This ale has an interesting hops tale to boot. It might not say it on the packaging quite yet but one of the hop varieties to make it into the bottle is Endeavour – the spicy, citrusy newcomer to the British hops scene, so far only grown in one place (Stocks Farm in Worcestershire). 

As brewing director at St Austell, Roger Ryman, points out, the full hop list for Trelawny is Goldings, Progress, Endeavour and Galaxy. However, as supply of Endeavour is limited to date, the proportion is quite low.

Cider Fantastic!

Bristol Cider Shop
14 June 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join Pete Snowman and the Bristol Cider Shop team as they take over The Milk Thistle for a classy evening showcasing 10 of the best ciers and perreis that that West Country has to offer. 

Pete tells me that the event is part of the "food fringe" for Big Green Week, which aims to shine a light on the diversity of good food and drink from the Bristol area. Appropriately enough, your drinks will be accompanied by local delicacies such as Scotch Quail Egggs, Trethowans Dairy cheeses and Castellano's charcuterie.