Real Cider Guide
What is Real Cider?
Real cider is a long-established traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasteurised. However real cider is in a similar situation to that which faced real ale some 30 years ago with the number of outlets for real cider diminishing, even in the West Country. The situation with perry (which is made from pears) is even worse, as it is rarely available away from the farm gate. It is unfortunate that many of the most well known ciders in the UK are cold, fizzy keg products which have been produced artificially rather than naturally.
It is well worth you tracking down some real ciders and perries and more and more people are discovering for themselves how deliciously mellow, aromatic and intoxicating the flavours of naturally produced real cider can be.
As a result of the difficulties facing real cider, CAMRA set up a cider and perry committee within CAMRA to inform consumers about the choice of real cider and perry available and to encourage the producers to continue production.
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Birmingham Branch Real Cider & Perry Pubs
- Birmingham Brewing Company Taproom
(0121) 724 0399
Unit 15 Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road
Craft beer brewery and tap on Stirchley Trading Estate. The tap is open Thursday to Sunday, serving up to four cask beers and four kegs, including one low/no option. Also serves locally made ciders, as well as wines, spirits and soft drinks. Food is available at weekends from a changing lineup of street food vendors. A large outdoor seating area is available during summer months.
- British Oak
moc.liamg@kaohsitirbsgnikoob(0121) 758 5855
1364 Pershore Road
This fine example of a roadside 1920s-style alehouse has a fine interior and features in CAMRA's National Inventory of Pub Interiors. The front bar can be very boisterous at times with large screen for sports whilst the rear rooms are more peaceful. Notice the fine wood panelling and superb fireplace in the rear bar. There is a large smoking area and a garden for alfresco eating in the summer months. Food comes from permanent kitchn residents Original Patty Men. So expect burgers and fries. Guest beers come from a seasonal portfolio.
- Hop & Scotch
moc.murbhctocspoh@ofni(0121) 679 8807
9 Institute Rd, Birmingham
One room micropub situated just off of King's Heath High Street. Emphasis is on convivial conversation & drinking, for regulars, locals & visitors alike. Cask beers usually local from the likes of Green Duck, Kinver, Malvern Hills, Hobsons & Infinity. A mixture of local & national craft beer, a cider & a German beer, on keg/keykeg, available across 8 taps. Also sells bottled and canned ales. Beers available displayed on a chalk board to the left of the bar. Various seating areas and styles available. Can get busy in the evenings with a varied age range. Food is crisps and nuts. Dog friendly and dog snacks available.
- Hop Garden
(0121) 427 7904
19 Metchley Lane
Small and cosy, just off the main High Street, the pub is serious about craft beer – even to the point of not stocking many mainstream products. It serves five real ales from small and local breweries, three craft beers and four traditional ciders. There is also an interesting selection of bottled beers. The décor is original and eclectic. And it really does grow hops in the garden, where there is heated seating for 82 people (refurbished April 2022).
- Jewellers Arms
(0121) 212 0347
23 Hockley Street
A Cosy pub, aquired by Black Country Ales in late 2017. It has 10 real ales and two ciders. Gets busy in the evenings. No separate bar as the pub is now all open plan. Food limited to cobs. Quiz night & cheese night. Electronics limited to a fruit machine. Parking available at the side of the pub. There is a function room available upstairs. Real fire at one end of the pub - lit daily in winter.
- Post Office Vaults
ku.oc.stluaveciffotsop@netxis(0121) 643 7354
84 New Street
A subterranean pub, situated close to New Street Station and accessed by a single red door on New Street near Victoria Square or from the rear on Pinfold Street. They serve six real ales, a selection of ciders, a large selection of foreign bottled beers, and a range of cans and bottles. A destination pub for foreign beer enthusiasts. Food isn't served but customers are welcome to bring their own. Cutlery can be provided. There is free to play bar billiards.
- Prince of Wales
84 Cambridge Street
A well-loved pub that continues to thrive after a sympathetic refurbishment by Black Country Ales in 2022. This single room pub is a welcome oasis for the community, close to Centenary Square, the ICC , NIA and the Rep Theatre. Expect the usual BCA beers plus up to seven guests. Freshly-made cobs and pasties are on offer. Quiz night is fortnightly on Tuesday. An interesting display of old views of Birmingham adorn the walls.
- Red Lion
(0121) 233 9144
95 Warstone Lane
Traditional two roomed pub. Food is served all day. A good sized function room is available. Comedy night every 3rd Monday of the month.
1891 Pershore Road
Micropub in a converted shop, over two floors. Conveniently located for Kings Norton railway station. Serving two cask hand pulls and up to 10 keg taps. Beers are often from local breweries such as Fownes Halton Turner and Leviathan. They also serve up to four ciders or perries from Hogans and Oliver's.
Comfier seating is available on the ground floor, while upstairs are chairs and barrels. Toilet is located upstairs. Dogs welcome and encouraged. Third and half pints available. Card payment only. Drinkers can bring outside food.
- Rock & Roll Brewhouse
19 Hall St
A quirky brewery taproom well worth checking out on the first floor above the brewery, in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Three real ales are available, all brewed on-site and vegan. There is a focus on a love of music, with memorabilia adorning the walls, books available to read and live music at the weekends. When live music isn't being performed a set list of vinyls are played, often themed around music news that week. Check social media for details. Can get busy when bands are playing. Last orders are 30 minutes before closing time (which is strictly adhered to!).
- Spotted Dog
(0121) 772 3822
104 Warwick Street
A multi-roomed traditional pub of Irish character, old fashioned & family owned since 1985. Rugby & Irish Sports are shown on large screen TVs. Features an extensive covered patio garden and smoking area with heaters, large real fireplace, barbeque, projection screen and eclectic adornments. Hand pulls are split over the two bar areas, so make sure you move around to see the full range.
Traditional Irish music nights on alternate Mondays, Jazz nights on Tuesdays. Home of Na Madrai Golf Society and the Digbeth O'lympics.
Can be busy when Birmingham City play at home. Holden's cask mild available at only £2.50 a pint.
- Villa Tavern
(0121) 326 7466
307 Nechells Park Road
Situated a short walk from Aston station and Lichfield Road, easily accessible from the city centre. A splendid Victorian style pub, with intact bar, lounge and function room. Much original tiling and floors retained in the vestibule area. A traditonal community pub, well frequented by locals, and offering darts, pool and a regular quiz. Food is served every day except match days. Real Ale is on for Aston Villa home match weekends, with 4 handpulls.
ku.oc.elalaernotgnilleweht@ofni(0121) 269 4112
37 Bennetts Hill
A Guide Beer Guide regular, this Black Country Ales local has been run by the same landlord for eighteen years. There are 27 handpulls over two floors, dispensing seven regular beers and nine guests. There is a broad range of whiskies, rums and gins available on the impressive back fitting. The suntrap roof terrace is a hidden oasis in the urban landscape. Regular quizzes, folk nights and cheese nights are held. Food is not served - feel free to bring your own and plates will be provided.
- White Horse
(0121) 608 7641
2 York Street
Small, friendly, traditional community pub just off Harborne High Street. Serves beers from Ostlers brewery, based at the back of the pub, as well as guests on up to six hand pulls. A two-room pub, the smaller room has four rotating craft beers on keykeg (occasionally keg) from Ostlers and other small breweries. Check what is available in real time via the beer board on their website. There is also a gig guide showing upcoming artists for Saturday night live music. There are TVs throughout the pub showing sport (Sky, BT and Amazon).
- Wildcat Tap
ku.oc.tacdliwyelhcrits@ofni(0121) 213 2623
1381-1383 Pershore Road
The Wildcat Tap is an independent pub on the Pershore Road in Stirchley, Birmingham. This bar is much changed from the original Wildcat from just down the road and is spacious for a micro pub with adequate seating although does get busy at weekends with a mixed aged group clientele. Beer range of cask and keg is adventurous and interesting, with up to four cask beers on handpump and eight craft keg lines, complemented by a selection of bottled craft beers, gin, whisky and soft drinks. A vast array of tabletop games available to play.
Convenient for buses 27, 45, and 47 and close to Bournville train station
- Birmingham Brewing Company Taproom (0121) 724 0399 Unit 15 Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road Birmingham B30 2PF