Cider bars
to sample

October marks Apple Day, an official reason to celebrate this humble fruit. ALI RAY searches out Britain’s cider bars in honour of the occasion

Cider bars to sample

Posted on 22 September 2017

I once spent a memorable evening in a cider bar in Madrid. I can’t tell you much, but I can tell you about the cider. There was a vast range of Spanish ‘Sidra’ to choose from, (from which I sampled many) all served in small glasses with a large amount of flair. The barman held a bottle at great height so that the cider created an epic arc through the air before hitting the glass held low in his other hand. I was later informed that ‘aerating’ cider like this is a ‘thing’ in Spanish cider bars. I was also encouraged to use the ornate wall-mounted hand pumps to add even more bubbles to my cider – in between sips – because apparently it would make me happier.

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