Our Cider Masters

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:

Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe

Exeter

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.

Jake Timms

Jake Timms

Falmouth

Favourite cider: Orchard Pig Reveller. A nice medium crisp sparkling zingy cider.

What’s not to like about being a cider master. Bringing the passion I have for the drink to the forefront and having the ability to spread my wealth of knowledge about cider. Lets get people cider-educated!

Hector Simms-Preston

Hector Simms-Preston

Bristol

Favourite cider: Sandfords Devon Red, A scintillating sweet cider that washes down your throat smoothly, like a Golden Retriever running in the wind.

I enjoy being cider master not for the cape and mask (which I made my self) but because I think it’s important that people knew the wonderful truth about cider, prepare to get woke.

George

George

Bath

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

Jade

Jade

Bridport

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

Jamie

Jamie

Cheltenham

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!

Ben

Ben

Bridport

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.

Phoebe

Phoebe

Plymouth

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.

Maisie

Maisie

Poole

Favourite cider: Dorset Nectar Elderflower- sweet, light and refreshing!

Meeting new people who share the same interest in cider as you!

Benny Roure

Benny Roure

Bristol

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.

Kate

Kate

Bournemouth

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

Beth Buckell-May

Beth Buckell-May

Bournemouth

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.

Jake Baldwin

Jake Baldwin

Cheltenham

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.

Ross Duncan

Ross Duncan

Weymouth

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.

Will Ackrill

Will Ackrill

Southampton

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.

Jay Davey

Jay Davey

Exeter

Favourite cider: at the moment has got to be Sandford Orchards, Devon mist.

Because it’s a beautifully well balanced, medium with a light haze and a crisp refreshing taste all the way through, sip after sip…it just gets better. It also happens to be one of the most local producers in my area. You can find it everywhere and it certainly still tastes just as refreshing after the 8th pint

Adam Hill

Adam Hill

Falmouth

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.

Simon Andrew

Simon Andrew

Cardiff

Favourite cider: is the Pilton Keeved, although anything made with apples (or pears) is good in my book.

My name is Simon and I’m the Cider Master for our only Welsh site. The best thing about being a Cider Master is sharing and imparting the love of cider with the people!

Joe Marini

Joe Marini

Whitechapel

Favourite cider: is Hallets Oak Aged – it’s smooth and sophisticated (like me), matured in oak barrels for extra flavour (like me) and best enjoyed on a cold winter night in front of a roaring fire (like me!)

Fave thing about cider mastering: Proselytising the heathen beer drinkers of London, among whose hop-saturated number i once belonged. I have seen the light and so shall they. Amen.

Aaron Duncan

Aaron Duncan

Kew

Favourite cider: tm (it does change) is Orchard Pig Ginger and Chilli obviously I preferred when it was Maverick (Top gun reference) but it’s a great example of how cider can be moved from apple to something unusual.

The best thing about being a cider master is passing on the knowledge we have learned from our training to the customer. Helping them realise what they like in a cider is very satisfying. Also helping to make our very own cider in Rapscalion is another great story to pass on to customers.