Drinkers get cider push

The Brocket Arms manager Julie Curless and bar associate Emma Marsden toast their Summer Cider Festival
The Brocket Arms manager Julie Curless and bar associate Emma Marsden toast their Summer Cider Festival

WIGAN pubs hope to persuade people to swap the hop for the apple.

Britain is the cider-drinking capital of Europe, making and glugging more than 600 million litres of the fragrant stuff, per annum. We are also home to the biggest cider fermenters in the EU.

But although the brew has always been the tipple of choice in the South West of England, it has always played second fiddle to beer in Wigan.

Now drinkers can enjoy a innovative range of ciders - most new to the area - during a cider festival at three JD Wetherspoons hostelries in and around the borough up to July 29. They are offering up to 16 draught and bottled ciders over the 19 day long event, from cider makers in England and Wales.

Participating Wigan pubs are The Brocket Arms in Mesnes Road and The Moon Under Water in Market Place, both in Wigan and Ashton’s The Thomas Gerard in Gerard Street.

Brocket Arms manager Julie Curless said: “Cider is the perfect summer drink and I am certain that people will enjoy our fantastic selection, a number of which are not usually available in the area.”

Tasting notes on all of the ciders will be available at the pub.