Cider Tasting at the Bournemouth Stable at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival Weekend (and Ollie and Wilbur came too!)

Following the antics of Wilbur’s last road trip – 15 hours in the front row with us – he (and Ollie his 6 year old canine companion) have been ‘promoted’ to the hold!

Fear not there is light and ventilation and some rather tasty plywood! We will soon be taking possessions of a new crate I can assure you.

So off we ventured to Bournemouth (only 10 minutes down the road from us) to listen to some exciting bands playing in the Lower Garden as part of the amazing Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival and to sample the cider delights of The Stable Bournemouth – recently opened pizza and cider bar and restaurant.


As you can see, the dogs were completely captivated by the bands which included the Mother Ukers, pioneers of Ukular Fusion, who will be playing at the Bournemouth Halloween Cider Festival on October 28th.



Then onto the Stable, fantastically located in the heart of the town on Westover Road with its terrace overlooking the Lower Gardens. And dog friendly! When I checked that included a puppy, they said even better – and proceeded to bring them their own water bowl. 5 star treatment indeed!

Here we sampled 5 tasty ciders which were part of their Tasting Board


Purbeck Cider Company Dorset Draft 5% – fairly dry, sparkling, crisp and fresh, with a lovely explosion of flavour, light in colour;

Purbeck Cider Company Dabinett 5% – slightly dryer than the draft in my opinion, sparkling and light in colour;

Hunny Bubble by Dorset Nectar 3.8% – a still cider, beautiful rich colour with distinct honey aroma and subtle honey taste;

Lilley’s Cider 6.8% – cloudy appearance and lovely and sweet to start with. Initial velvety texture but lacked depth in my opinion and left a rather sharp after taste;

Black Rat Perry 5.6% – a lovely sweet and fresh cider with an intense pear flavour. Yummy!

Top of my tasting list were the Dorset Draft and the Black Rat Perry. Top of Sean’s were the Dorset Dabinett and Dorset Nectar’s Hunny Bubble.  Needless to say all can be purchased through Fetch the Drinks website!

Another great day!