Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

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
    • Bartons Arms Telephone(0121) 333 5988 144 High Street Birmingham B6 4UP

      Historic red bricked Lister Lea pub a short bus ride out from the city centre & Jewellery Quarter. The interior has to be seen to be fully appreciated with tiled walls and stained glass windows. Beers mostly from Oakham, to whom the pub has a link, other beers often from local breweries. The pub is well known for its Thai food offering. Can be busy when the Villa are at home, with visiting supporters also welcome.

    • Birmingham Brewing Company Taproom Telephone(0121) 724 0399 Unit 15 Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road Birmingham B30 2PF

      Craft beer brewery based on Stirchley Trading Estate, just off the Pershore Road in Stirchley. Tap room is open Thursday to Sunday. Bar has 4 cask lines, 4 keg lines and also serves locally brewed cider, wine and soft drinks. There are 5 regular beers, Pale Brummie, Bitter Brummie, Gold Brummie, Stout Brummie & Stirchley Lager Food is available through a rotating streetfood vendor on site. There is a large outdoor seating area for the summer months.

    • British Oak Telephone(0121) 758 5855 1364 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 2XS

      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. Guest beers come from a seasonal portfolio.

    • Canalside Cafe Telephone(0121) 248 7979 35 Worcester Bar, Gas Street Birmingham B1 2JU

      The smallest pub in Birmingham, adjacent to Gas Street Basin, a major mooring point for canal boats. The pub is full of history and was the fictional home of the character Stan Harvey of Crossroads fame. It is a nice, cosy, intimate pub that usually stocks guest beers from micro breweries. There are also a range of bottled beers and cider for sale. The food is of particular note having an extensive range and a large selection of vegetarian options.

    • Clifden Telephone(0121) 523 7515 34 Great Hampton Street Birmingham B18 6AA

      Recently acquired by Laine and reopened after refurbishment in February 2020. A quirky yet traditional pub, long with two main rooms. Beer range includes craft beers from Laines of Brighton. Large sun-trapped garden at the rear is great in the warmer months. The food range includes burgers, pizzas, wings, and vegan. Sunday roasts available 12-8. At last visit, the disabled access toilet had been removed.

    • Craven Arms Telephone(0121) 643 2852 Upper Gough Street Birmingham B1 1JG

      This early 19th-century former Holder's outlet, restored & recently refurbished by Black Country Ales, sports an attractive blue-tiled exterior and a cosy one room interior. Handpulls take prominence on the bar and in addition to three permanent Black Country beers, between six and eight changing guest casks come from breweries often new to Birmingham. Three changing craft keg lines. Cheese boards and snacks are available at all times.

    • Halton Turner Telephone07939 328451 1 Rea Court, 40 Trent Street Birmingham B5 5NL

      A lively brewery tap gathering pace in the heart of the city following its relocation and massive expansion during lockdown. A vast array of beers and an evolving selection of real cider. This airy establishment offers great street food and an expanding selection of live entertainment. Focussed predominantly on its own beers, but also stocks regionally sourced gems to complement their line up.

    • Hop & Scotch Telephone(0121) 679 8807 9 Institute Rd, Birmingham Birmingham B14 7EG

      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 Telephone(0121) 427 7904 19 Metchley Lane Birmingham B17 0HT

      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. Tt 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 (recently refurbished and ready to re-open as of 17 April 2022).

    • Jewellers Arms Telephone(0121) 212 0347 23 Hockley Street Birmingham B18 6BW

      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.

    • Physician Telephone(0121) 272 5900 Harborne Road Birmingham B15 3DH

      Large historic former BMI building used to house the vast Sampson Gangee Library for the History of Medicine converted into a pub. It is an upmarket establishment with several drinking and dining areas. A range of ales is available, often featuring a lot of local brews, and they are proud of their food, wine and gin and whisky lists as well. There is a secluded patio area, as well as picnic-style benching on other garden areas.

    • Post Office Vaults Telephone(0121) 643 7354 84 New Street Birmingham B2 4BA

      Situated very close to New Street Station with an excellent range of eight real ales and over 300 bottled and canned beers from around the world. Some of the ciders on offer may be real. This subterranean pub, entered through a single red door off New St near Victoria Square or from behind in Pinfold St, is a great place for connoisseurs of beer. Whilst food isn't served customers are welcome to bring their own; plates, cutlery & condiments are provided. There is also free play bar billiards.

    • Prince of Wales Telephone(0121) 449 4198 118 Alcester Road Birmingham B13 8EE

      Traditional Victorian pub that is a very lively place in the heart of Moseley village. At the front of the pub is a bar area with ten handpumps (only 3 still in use), a real fire and a TV showing sports. At the rear is a snug area and cigar emporium. There is a large heated partial tent area, ideal to use any time of the year. A cocktail bar is also outside selling numerous foreign beers and various wines.

    • Red Beer'd 1891 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 3DJ

      Micropub with 2 cask handpulls, 10 keg taps, beers usually from Fownes, often Halton Turner & Leviathan, up to 4 ciders / perries from Hogans & Olivers. 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 & pints available. Card payment only. Comfier seating on the ground floor, chairs around barrels upstairs.

    • Red Lion Telephone(0121) 233 9144 95 Warstone Lane Birmingham B18 6NG

      Traditional two roomed pub. Food is served all day. A good sized function room is available. Comedy night every 3rd Monday of the month.

    • Rock & Roll Brewhouse Telephone07969 759649 19 Hall St Birmingham B18 6BS

      Moved to new premises, as of Feb 2020. A quirky brewery Tap room bedecked with music memorabilia. There are usually three vegan friendly ales available when open, always including a dark ale to start with. Only open Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon. The bar staff and their knowledge of beer is excellent; the other shared love in the bar is music and there is a play list of what you are hearing on the wall. There is Hogan's cider available for non beer drinkers. Check Facebook and Twitter before visiting as they occasionally close for music festivals.

    • Spotted Dog Telephone(0121) 772 3822 104 Warwick Street Birmingham B12 0NH

      A multi-roomed traditional pub of Irish character, old fashioned & family owned since the 80's. 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. 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. Usually a cask mild available.

    • Thurlestone Telephone(0121) 475 7111 Thurlestone Road Birmingham B31 4PD
    • Villa Tavern Telephone(0121) 326 7466 307 Nechells Park Road Birmingham B7 5PD

      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.

    • Wellington Telephone(0121) 200 3115 37 Bennetts Hill Birmingham B2 5SN

      A specialist real ale pub & a stalwart of Birmingham’s real ale scene, this city centre pub has the feel of a community local at the heart of the second city. This pioneering pub offers 27 hand pulls over two floors, dispensing well kept ale and 3 traditional ciders. A huge range of whiskies is available; the ground floor offering scotch, with the rest of the world represented on the first floor bar. The suntrap roof terrace is a hidden urban gem. Regular quiz every Sunday, folk nights and cheese night each month. Food is not served but you’re welcome to bring your own – plates, cutlery and condiments are provided.

    • White Horse Telephone(0121) 608 7641 2 York Street Birmingham B17 0HG

      Small, friendly, traditional community pub just off Harborne High Street, serving beers from Ostlers brewery, based at the back of the pub, and guest beers. The larger of two rooms had seating around a large TV that shows SKY/BT sporting events. The smaller room features 4 rotating craft beers on key keg, from small local or regional breweries. Check what’s on in real time via the website Beerboard. Live music at the weekend, quizzes Tuesday & Thursday

    • Wildcat Tap Telephone(0121) 213 2623 1381-1383 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 2JR

      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 in attendance. Beer range of cask and keg is adventurous and interesting, with 5 cask on handpump and 8 craft keg lines, complemented by a selection of bottled craft beers, gin, whisky and soft drinks. Convenient for buses 27, 45, 47 and 146 and close to Bournville train station

    • Windsor Telephone(0121) 633 3013 33 Cannon Street Birmingham B2 5EE

      An open plan yet cosy traditional pub just off the New Street shopping area. It's a pub in the heart of the city where many are bars and try to be sophisticated. There is always a variety of ales on offer, with central prominence on the bar. There is a poker night on Tuesdays and quiz night on Wednesdays. There is simple good pub grub & TVs to watch sports.

    • Woodman Telephone(0121) 643 4960 New Canal Street Birmingham B5 5LG

      Lovingly restored Victorian-era pub with original features preserved, including a gilded and etched mirror at the centre of the bar, period tiles and the old smoke room with (now discontinued) bell pushes in the wall for table service. Hearty good value pub food served every day. Terrace overlooks Eastside Park, popular with local students and skateboarders. Regular live music showcases varied talent form the adjacent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the well-appointed function room. Student groups sit cheek by jowl with older pub regulars to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere.