Cyder vs Wine

Cider takes on wine in a battle for the diners’ glass at renowned foodie pub, The Thatchers Arms, near Colchester, on Saturday 2 February.

Publican Mitch Adams has teamed up with’s Susanna Forbes to stage the first such tournament. Diners will sit down to a five-course meal, each paired with both a cider and a wine, before being asked to vote at the end for their favourite match.

Cider will be represented by Henry Chevallier Guild, eighth-generation cider producer at Aspall, and Beer Writer of the Year and author of Shakespeare’s Local, Pete Brown.  In the wine corner, River Café Sommelier and the 2012 Best Sommelier of the Year, Emily O’Hare, will be teaming up with the Dan Probert, manager of Adnams Cellar & Kitchen store in Holt, Norfolk.

The Cider vs Wine evening will start with a glass of Aspall’s bottle fermented sparkler, Cuvée Chevallier, before dinner itself, comprising soup, fish meat, pud and cheese courses, with vegetarian options available.

In drawing up his menu, Mitch is focusing on local and seasonal produce. He has come up with some punchy flavours for the cider and wine advocates to match, for example, fresh mackerel fillet with a fennel, mint & parsley sauce. “We are currently looking to develop our cider range anyway,” says Mitch. “I thought this would be a fantastic way to find out which ciders our customers like.” “I’ve been amazed at the range of flavours that cider has to offer,” adds Susanna. “I can’t think of a better way to see what everyone else thinks.”  

We think we’ve got a pretty good chance of winning with Henry putting together some impressive challenges to the wine argument. An evening not to be missed. Tickets are selling fast. Starting at 7pm, 2 February 2013, tickets cost £38 and are available via



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