Cider vs Wine & Food Pairing Dinner – The Bull Highgate

The first Cider vs Wine tournament to take place in London hits Highgate on Thursday 18th September.

The Bull in Highgate is hosting an evening of glorious food paired with a range of carefully selected wines and ciders in a follow-up to the first such battle, hosted by at my previous pub, The Thatchers Arms, in February 2013.

Back in 2013, cider beat wine 4:1. Can wine equal the score this time?

Tickets are £40 per head for a five course menu and include a cider and a wine with each course. Guests will be introduced to each course and asked to vote for their favourite food pairing after each dish has been served.

The five course menu devised by David Hook, head chef at The Bull, is listed below, whilst the paired drinks are being closely guarded by their ambassadors. If you want to know what drinks are being served you’ll have to come along on the night!

I will be showcasing ciders’ versatility with pairing events under my belt. Steve Parsons from Genesis Wines will be championing the grape, having previously beaten beer at a similar event, he’ll be choosing from the stunning arsenal of wines in their trade list.

The results of the previous battle, organised with, where Henry Chevallier-Guild and Pete Brown championed cider, and Emily O’Hare and Dan Probert vouched for wine, were captured by Offshoot film students and can be seen on Youtube.and featured on Fiona Beckett’s matching website.

This is set to be a fantastic evening, full of great food and drink. Many will assume wine will triumph, but the underdog often carries an advantage… with a 4:1 win under its belt is cider the underdog anymore?

The Menu

Butternut squash risotto, sage, parmesan

Pan seared scallop, Clonakilty black pudding,
pea & mint panna cotta, crispy capers

Braised, curried shoulder of mutton with turmeric, cumin & tomatoes,
plain rice, homemade naan

Classic lemon tart

Colston Basset Stilton with frozen grapes and fig chutney

If you have any dietary requirements please contact us directly before booking tickets.

For further info contact Mitch ( or The Bull on 020 8341 0510.
The Bull, 13 North Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4AB


The Bull –

Genesis Wines –

Tickets –

Cider vs Wine Video at The Thatchers Arms –

Fiona Beckett’s Report –


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