Just in case anyone from Ross-on-Wye is still reading, I have good from the M50/A49.
The Yew Tree in Peterstow is a bit of a classic, particularly for those of us who like pubs with cider presses (home of Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry Co) and camp sites out the back,
and a complete lack of pretension in the furnishings.
A cheery Landlord (behind the bar !) and a beer range to disabuse you of any notion that this is a basic Defford-type Cider House.
In fact, proving that Craft gets everywhere these days, they had a bucket of Salty Kiss on the bar and the cutting edge Lancaster Red coming next on the bar.
No idea why I had the Legless Cow rather than the Hobsons, not like me at all. It was a gorgeous Boring Amber Bitter (BAB ?), a rare NBSS 4 in the dawning of the new Guide.
Being English, I chatted about the weather, rather than the hops in the beer.
The menu looked a real throwback to a 1950s Hereford restaurant I would have wanted to visit, but probably never existed;
- Cider Cooked Ham, Double Egg & Chips
- Smoked Mackerel Pate with Salad Garnish and Toast
- Treacle Tart with Cream, Ice Cream or Custard
Sadly I was on a crisp diet.
I thought I’d better explore the cider shed, which managed to be industrial and mysterious at the same time.
I asked the chap carrying several dozen crates of “bottle conditioned” back to his range rover if he’d got a big night planned.
“All going to the parents’ holiday home in France” he explained. His parents seemed to be doing well on it.
You know my thoughts on bottles; I bought this one for my “Curry and Craft Colleague” Charles, who reciprocated with a bottle he brought back from somewhere rather more exotic. I can’t show you that one.
Finally, since it’s a slow news day, here’s the results from the Westons Scrumpy Supreme League as displayed in the Yew Tree. I know Russ in Canada has been waiting for these since April.
NB Blaze the Biblins would make a great band name.