English to the core: Calling all cider lovers!

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For all foodies and lovers of cider, Blossomtime Weekend 2015 (Sun 3rd & Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2015), is special spring event in Herefordshire to celebrate the classic English apple. Worth raising a glass to we think, because if there’s one thing our county produces superbly well, it is this traditional fruit crop (don’t say it too loud, but we produce over half of all UK cider).

In today’s globalised world, the humble English apple is a reassuring constant. Indeed, there is a certain lunacy at play on supermarket shelves, as apples arrive from every nation from Israel to Zimbabwe while the best of the lot are growing on home soil!

England alone has a huge number of apple varieties, over 2,000 to be precise. There are eating apples and cider apples; apples that taste great in pies and others that make cracking brandy. So why on earth do we opt for nice looking but generally tasteless foreign imports in our search for great fruit?

One organisation looking to redress the balance are The Big Apple (seewww.bigapple.org.ukfor event details),who are passionate about placing the English apple back in its rightful place, at the top of the tree. As they say though, the proof of the pudding (or should that be the pie?) is in the tasting. Hence their events, that run at blossom and harvest time each year, seek to win back your taste buds with the crisp, sweet sharpness of England’s finest apples.

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The event is about more than delicious cider and food however; it is also a chance to experience some of Hereford’s most beautiful countryside and meet the people who are a part of it. Spring time, when the trees are in blossom, is arguably the most beautiful phase of the year. This is your chance to take a stroll through ancient orchards and admire great views of the Malvern Hills; throw in some delicious Herefordshire cider and the event becomes even more civilized.

As a hotel with a passion for locally sourced food and drink, we’re keen supporters of the event. With the hosts in Much Marcle only around five miles away, we are also perfectly placed for visitors. It is only a short taxi ride from the Feathers Hotel, should you fancy leaving the car near us so you can enjoy a few ciders.

So why not book with us and enjoy all the fruits of this great weekend? It is just one of many food and drink events in Herefordshire which we are ideally located to provide accommodation for. Do keep an eye on the blog, as well as our special offers section for further tasty deals and enjoyable Herefordshire events.

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