In every Stable restaurant you’ll find an expert Cider Master. These highly-trained cider heads can guide you to the ciders and perries you’ll love best. Here are a few of them:
Favourite cider: Ashridge Gold (light, easy drinking, appley)
I lived on a farm for a while with an old orchard – it was the start of my love affair with cider. Being a Cider Master means I get to share that love and talk to people about my favourite thing all day long.
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Favourite cider: Orchard Pig Reveller (sparkling, crisp, easy drinking)
Meeting cidermakers and learning how the different ciders are made makes you really appreciate the work that goes into them. I’m especially proud to have been on the team that came up with the name for the Stable’s own cider: Rapscallion.
Favourite cider: Polgoon cornish scrumpy (medium-sweet, versatile, makes a great baseline for a 50-50.)
Being asked to judge the Falmouth cider festival was a career-high for me. I love talking to like-minded folk about cider and pairing it with some of the great local produce we get in Cornwall.
Favourite cider: Orchard Pig Ginger and chilli is the perfect combination, it’s a match made in heaven. Ive found this is the cider that gets the unsure ones into their cider!
And being a cider master has been a great learning experience, it’s awesome meeting the makers and seeing their passion and being the middle man to pass that onto others!
Favourite cider: Ifords – it’s traditional and is super smooth, a medium dry without being too heavy
Being able to run tastings and therefore chat cider with everyone
Favourite cider: Orchard pig Chilli ginger – a still refreshing cider that’s made in Somerset. With a sweet but exotic taste. Perfect for the more adventurous cider drinkers.
Love meeting new people and learning more about cider everyday. Being able to show your passion of cider to customers too
Favourite cider: Beatnik Billy – amazing crisp finish with a great finish almost like a fine white wine.
Best thing about being a cider master learning new things everyday and traveling to find out anything cider orientated!
Favourite cider: Ham Hill Early Drop – A refreshingly tangy, medium cider with a rich aftertaste. A delicious Somerset cider made with the first pressed apples of autumn.
Meeting cider producers while gaining an understanding of their different techniques.
Favourite cider: The Dorset Nectar Wildcat – Very Smooth, velvety almost a smoked flavour to it.
Favourite thing about being a CM so far, is changing peoples perceptions about cider, learning how its made, and being part of a company who is all about the fun, bringing people together over a pint of cider!
Favourite cider: Black Dragon – a wonderful Welsh cider full of flavour and cheekily strong!
Best thing about being a cider master is getting to go on jollys away from work and drink cider….and the learning bit is pretty cool too.
Favourite cider: Mango and Ashridge gold blend. An amazing summery concoction. Lilley’s Mango is a fruity flavour done really well and is even better mixed with a fizzy medium!
I enjoy getting to meet other cider masters in other sites, nerding up on cider and then passing this on to staff and customers.
Favourite cider: Copse House such a easy cider to drink.
Talking to customers about something that is fascinating
Favourite cider: Meon Valley Chalk Stream – A great local medium cider perfect for drinking all year round. Well balanced refreshing and easy drinking makes it the perfect session cider.
Being able to share my love for cider with customers is the main perk alongside growing my knowledge through tasting the wide variety of cider we stock.
Favourite cider: Dorset Nectar Elderflower- sweet, light and refreshing!
Meeting new people who share the same interest in cider as you!
Favourite cider: Rum Cask by Mill Whites (medium-dry, well-rounded, tastes like rum)
I’m from Paris and I see my job as like the French sommelier. Everyone thinks they know what cider tastes like so I enjoy giving them something new to challenge preconceptions.
Favourite cider: Orchard Pig Ginger and Chilli- Its my Favourite, A punchy medium made with real West Country cider apples with something a little bit different, I love the kick
Love visiting local cider producers and seeing how they do things! And drinking cider obvs
Favourite cider: Gwatkin Yarlington Mill – This award winning cider from Herefordshire showcases the balance of an old single variety cider traditionaly aged in oak casks to create a unique medium-sweet tipple, a perfect companion to any meal.
I particularly enjoy presenting our cider tasting experiences as they give me the opportunity to share my love of cider with both customers and other stablehands.
Favourite cider: Old Kirtain (still, straw-filtered, deep, unusual flavour)
People are surprised I know so much about cider but I’m a Dorset girl! I grew up around orchards and cider-making. I love having the freedom to chat to people about cider and always get a thrill introducing new drinks to people.
Favourite cider: The Cotswold Cider Company Yellow Hammer (medium, fruity, perfect for a summer afternoon)
Many people have bad memories from drinking cider in their youth. I love being able to move customers past the stereotype and get them back into loving this awesome drink.
Favourite cider: Copse House Landshire (medium, Dorset-made, perfect by the Weymouth harbourside.)
Being involved in crafting our own Stable cider has been an incredible experience – we’ve all learnt so much about the methods used. It’s going to be an amazing cider.
Favourite cider: Gwynt Y Ddraig’s Dogdancer – high-quality, sweet and smooth.
I love how a good cider maker, like a chef, can influence the taste of a drink by just tweaking the ratios or adding a subtle ingredient.