Cider Month Cider Passport Competition
During October you can take part in our Cider Passport competition. From 1 October, the passports will be available in the participating pubs. When you visit one of the pubs listed on the passport and buy a pint or a half pint of real draught cider or perry, you will be awarded a sticker. You can only collect one sticker per pub.
The participating pubs are:
Alma Inn, 152 – 154 Bradshawgate, Bolton, BL2 1BA
Balmoral Hotel, 94 Bradshawgate, Bolton, BL1 1QQ
Bank Top Brewery Tap, 68-70 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton, BL1 7AN
Blue Boar, 96 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BD
Brewhouse, 987 Blackburn Rd, Astley Bridge, Bolton, BL1 7LG
Dog & Partridge, 22-26 Manor Street, Bolton, BL1 1TU
Great Ale Year Round, Stalls F14 and F15 Ashburner Street Lifestyle Hall, Bolton Market, BL1 1TJ
Levers Arms, 3 Top O’th Lane, Darcy Lever, Bolton, BL3 1SS
Spinning Mule, Unit 2 Nelson Square, Bolton, BL1 1JT
Sweet Green Tavern, 127 Crook Street, Bolton, BL3 6DD
Ye Olde Man & Scythe, 6-8 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HL
Bank Top Brewery Ale House, 36 Church Street, Horwich, BL6 6AD
Bowling Green, 175 Lee Lane, Horwich, BL6 7JD
Victoria & Albert, 114 Lee Lane, Horwich, BL6 7AF
Robert Shaw, 53 Market Street, Westhoughton, BL5 3AG
All the pubs should be serving at least one real cider or perry, i.e. one made from pressed apples or pears (not concentrate) that has not been flavoured with other fruit or artificially carbonated. Examples of these are Westons Old Rosie, Red Bank Autumn Orchard and Gwynt-y-Ddraig Black Dragon. Nearer the time, we hope to have a list of some ciders and perries that the pubs are planning to stock.
Please note that bottled ciders and products from the following list of brands do not qualify for a sticker (this is not a comprehensive list). In general, you should avoid ciders and perries served by keg dispense, unless the pub can guarantee that no external gas has come into contact with the cider.
- Kingstone Press (Aston Manor)
- Thatchers Gold
- Westons Ice
- Dry Blackthorn
- Scrumpy Jack
- Stella Cidre
- Stowford Press
At the end of October, please hand in your passport even if you haven’t managed to collect all the stickers, as you may still be eligible for a prize. You can return the passports in one of the following ways:
At a Bolton CAMRA branch meeting – Thursday 30 October at The Albion, Moor Lane or Thursday 27 November at The Spinning Mule, Nelson Square.
By post to: Cider Passport, 14 Church Street, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3RS
At the meeting on 27 November, the completed passports will be entered into a prize draw. Prizes confirmed so far are a bag-in-box of cider or perry and some Bolton CAMRA T-shirts.
Ciders and perries spotted in the participating pubs during the weekend running up to the start of the passport scheme.
Gwynt-y-Ddraig Black Dragon, Haymaker, Farmhouse Pyder
Honeys Midford Cider
Sandford Orchards Devon Mist
Moles Black Rat
Red Bank Autumn Orchard
Westons Old Rosie
Not on the Cider Passport, but we’ve just found out that the Brass Cat on Churchgate is stocking Red Bank Autumn Orchard Cider and Crackin’ Pear Perry. Maybe worth a visit when you are en route between the Dog and Partridge and Ye Olde Man and Scythe.
Please note that the range of ciders and perries available during the course of the event is likely to change – if you are travelling to sample a particular cider please contact the pubs before setting out to confirm availability.
If you have any difficulty getting real cider at any of the participating pubs please let me or any of the Bolton Branch Committee know as soon as possible.
Have a good time!