Forgot to mention this last week: The day before my birthday, one of my best mates treated me to a delightful place that served up proper cider.
The Southampton Arms is an honest PFB (a proper fucking boozer) that serves up some mean still ciders ("We only serve stills here," said the lady behind the bar – love it). There were no less than 7 ciders and 1 perry on draft that day.
It's gritty, cosy, and full of Victorian charm. It's also CASH ONLY. Which is sort of a blessing in disguise when you think about it, because I can't for the life of me remember where the nearest cash machine was.
They also serve food, but none of this gastropub shit. Pork pies, sausage rolls, hot meat sandwiches; that sort of thing. Served with English mustard. Easily demolished.
I think their pints are generous.
Here is some information from their website: