I completely missed my name when I saw this the first time, but i am 14th on this list!
I do like it down there. Cider, sunshine and lovely coastal towns… what’s not to like? Brewery situation has blossomed since our first trip, and even on our last there were numerous tiny breweries popping up… think I had to add a couple to the site!
Cornwall, Gloucester and Somerset all feature in my top 10, cider being the main protagonist!
SOMERSET - Pilton and Wild Beer dominate the high scores. Pilton’s standard keeved cider is wondrous stuff, really hard to fault, probably my favourite UK cider if I had to think of one. Wild Beer similarly produce some outstanding stuff, happy to see they’re still continuing. Hecks, for trad country cider is also hard to beat.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE - Mills, Arbor and New Bristol probably my picks here. Deya fall just short of greatness in my eyes, their haze had a great pillowy New England yeast presence at the start, but can’t say this has continued with consistency.
CORNWALL - Verdant still my highest rated, but over the last couple of years have not hit the high notes, especially their cask. St Austell are solid, always look forward to their beers. Crackington Cider are great too.
DEVON - Scrolling through Devon produces an abundance of cider producers… hard to pick any that especially stand out - I suppose Ridge & Furrow, Axminster & Sandford Orchards are pretty dependable.
WILTSHIRE - One of those counties I had to google to check where exactly it was. Avebury Stone Circle is awesome, and Atwell-Wilson motor museum is good too. Beer wise, I’ve only got 30 ratings, a mixed bag really… Dark Revolution has some 4s and Iford Cider are doing good stuff too.