Saturday, 12 April 2008

Pulling Power

Todays blog entry comes to you with a pint-glass full of mixed emotions. On the one hand it's hard to find anything positive to say about the dreadful capitulation of the (once) mighty Leicester Tigers RFC, to an admittedly sparky performance from the Ospreys at Twickenham today. A thoroughly depressing spectacle witnessed from the bar of our local the Red Lion.

The Red Lion in Middleton has recently changed hands, and the new licensees are keen to offer a more local choice of ales than has previously been available. This weekend I've enjoyed a few pints of Wot's Occuring and Wagtail from our local Great Oakley brewery, and this has certainly helped to cushion the blow of today's dissapointing rugby result. The Red Lion will be one of the 10 pubs which participate in the Welland Valley Beer Festival in June, and we hope to have our ciders available here during the event.

Another positive for today was the delivery of a couple of bag-in-boxes of our cider to the Criterion Freehouse in Leicester. The picture shows Anna, one of the hard-working Criterion barstaff pulling a pint of this year's Rockingham Forest Cider. Anna is apparently rather camera-shy, so I'd like to thank her for posing for this shot.

The cider range at the Criterion is a moveable feast, with probably the best choice of quality traditional ciders available in Leicestershire. We now aim to supply our cider to the Criterion throughout the Summer, and will also be delivering cider to the Hatton Arms, Gretton from tomorrow, more of which later.

To paraphrase a well used footballing cliche, very much a weekend of two halves!

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