Our meticulously organised plan for a weekend of fine cider and Melton Mowbray pork pie, has unfortunately failed to get off the ground. I'm pleased to report that a barrel of our Rockingham Forest Cider arrived safely at Melton Beer Festival (thanks to East Midlands 'Cider-Mule' Paul Barton of the Queen Adelaide in Northampton), but unforeseen circumstances mean we've had to cancel our Saturday trip to the festival. Boo-hoo!
I did manage to call in for a swift half during the Friday afternoon session, accompanied by a rare moment of late Summer sunbathing in this uncommonly good weather we're having. The forecast look good for more fine weather tomorrow, so a trip to Melton Beer Fesival could be your last chance to enjoy a great range of ales, ciders and perries, whilst enjoying the closest thing to a proper Summer's day we're likely to get this year. I only wish I could be there, but we've got a rather pressing engagement at an organic orchard this weekend that just won't wait.