A tasty tipple for all cider lovers

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A GROUP of pubs are to stage their first cider festival.

Twelve Wetherspoon pubs will each be serving up a dozen different ciders over the next 10 days.

The draught and bottled ciders have been sourced from cider makers in England and Wales and include one produced in France.

Jamie England, the manager of The John Jacques pub, in Fratton Road, said: ‘Cider is proving increasingly popular with our customers.

‘I’m sure they will enjoy the opportunity to enjoy ciders not usually available in the pub.’

The participating pubs are The Isambard Kingdom Brunel and The White Swan, both in Guildhall Walk.

The John Jacques in Fratton Road, The Sir John Baker in London Road, North End and the Trafalgar in London Road, which are all in Portsmouth along with the Lord Palmerston in Palmerston Road, Southsea.

Lloyds No. 1 Bar in The Boardwalk, Port Solent, The First Post in High Street, Cosham, The Lord Arthur Lee and The Crown Inn, both in West Street, Fareham and The Star in High Street, Gosport are all taking part.

In Havant The Parchment Makers in Park Road North is involved.

The ciders include Festival Special Perry by Mr Whiteheads Cider, Thatchers Traditional, Cider Twist Raspberry from Westons, Black Dragon by Gwynt y Ddraig and Farmhouse Draught by Sheppy’s.

The French cider is Mont St Michel from Normandy.

All of the ciders will be available from £2.30 to £2.35 each and tasting notes will be available in the pubs.