Cider vs Wine & Food Matching Evening

Cider vs WineOk, so this isn’t about beer, but it was a fantastic evening and we’d love to share the results with you.  At the beginning of February,  in conjunction with Susanna Forbes from, we hosted what we believe to be the first cider vs wine & food matching battle.  Diners were treated to a five course meal and enjoyed a wine & a cider with each course.  Each match was voted for ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style with different coloured cards.

Cider was represented by Henry Chevallier-Guild, eighth-generation cider producer at Aspall, and Pete Brown Beer Writer of the Year and author of Shakespeare’s Local.  In the wine corner, River Café Sommelier and the 2012 Best Sommelier of the Year, Emily O’Hare, teamed up with the Dan Probert, manager of Adnams Cellar & Kitchen store in Holt, Norfolk.

Whilst cider had a 4:1 victory, it was a lot closer than it may seem with one course only having 1 vote in it!  Offshoot Films Film Club members Ashley and Dominic produced a short video of the evening which captures the great atmosphere and the results.  If you’d like to see the full menu then scroll to the bottom of the page… enjoy.

And a very special thank you goes to Aspall for donating the welcome drink of Cuvée Chevallier and Billecart Salmon Champagne for supplyling their Rosé Champagne free of charge.

See some other accounts of the evenings events:


Brocolli & Parmesan Soup with Homemade Chilli Foccaccia
17        Vallobera Rioja Blanco, Rueda, Spain; £7.99, Adnams
44        El Gaitero, Spain; £1.55 33cl;, Waitrose 

Mackerel Fillet with a Fennel, Mint & Parsley Salsa & a Pont Neuf Potato
43        Gougenheim Torrentes 2011, Mendoza, Argentina; £6.99, Adnams
18        Aspall Premier Cru, Suffolk; £2.59/50cl; Aspall, Adnams, Waitrose 

Slow Roast Blythburgh Pork Belly with a Homemade Duck, Pork & Sage Sausage & Tomato & Mixed Bean Cassoulet
30        Quinto do Crasto, Crasto Tinto 2010, Douro Valley, Portugal; £9.49; Adnams
31        Henney’s Vintage 2011, Herefordshire; £2.09/50cl; 

Eddy’s Sour Cherry Cheesecake
21        Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV Champagne, France; £52.99; Berry Bros & Rudd, selected independents
32        Aspall Imperial Cyder, Suffolk; £3.08/50cl; Aspall,
5  Cheesecake; 3  Abstentions 

Suffolk Gold & Binham Blue Cheeses with chutney & biscuits
3          Gonzales Byass ‘Vina AB’ Amontillado, Jerez, Spain; £13.59; Adnams
58        Once Upon a Tree Blenheim Superb 2011; Herefordshire; £16/37.5cl; Once Upon a Tree


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