Our Cider ProductsRobinsons Fine Dry Vintage Cider & Flagon Cider.
Robinsons Cider only produces limited amounts of premium quality cider each year.
To keep control of what’s going on and to maintain standards we make only two products, one for retail outlets and the other for on premise consumption.
When you taste either of Robinsons Ciders you can tell we’ve thought hard about what we wanted to do and that we make it with great care. Robinsons Cider is just…well…different. If you drink it already you’ll already know, if you don’t you have an interesting experience in store!
These two Robinsons ciders are quite different to one another, both very distinctive in character and intended for entirely different occasions. We only use traditional cider apple varieties and don’t use any cooking apples or eating apples.
Robinsons Fine Dry Vintage Cider (6% Alc) is only available in bottles, not on draught.
It is clear and golden and effervescent and comes in half litre amber glass bottles to protect it from the light. The taste and aroma are exceptional, a fusion of authentic country flavour and real finesse. It is racked more frequently than the norm, it matures longer and is made only from the juice that the apples release in the first two thirds of a full “industrial” pressing cycle. It takes about two pounds of hand sorted traditional cider apples to make every bottle of Robinsons Fine Dry Vintage Cider.
The flavour is complex and challenging and in addition to cider drinkers it really appeals to wine drinkers and food enthusiasts. As well as being very good to drink on its own, chilled at the end of a hard day, or with the usual things (roast pork, bread and cheese, BBQ’s, proper sausages, white pudding and so forth) it is also surprisingly good with shell fish and with sea food of all kinds.
You might think that artisan makers wouldn’t like their cider being used as an ingredient but try steaming some mussels or cooking a ham in it or adding it to a sauce and you’ll see why they’d be wrong.
We don’t sell to national chains, only online and to independent retailers with an eye for the unusual and excellent. Look at our Stockists page to see where you can buy it or you can order it direct from our Home Delivery Page.
Robinsons Flagon Cider (4.5% Alc) is only available on draught, not in bottles.
The quality and flavour of Robinsons Flagon Cider is truly remarkable and many people say it’s the best draught cider they have ever tasted. We only use traditional cider apple varieties like Foxwhelp, Tom Putt and Brown Snout. We use no cooking or eating apples.
This is on the medium end of the dry cider spectrum and is distinctively (and variably) hazy rather than filtered to clarity. We feel that keeps it “closer to the apple” than commercially produced draught ciders. It’s a revival of the traditional style of cider we used to enjoy prior to the development of today’s national brands. It’s gently sparkling rather than gassy because we believe that makes it easier to drink and lets you taste the superb apple flavour.
You can only find Robinsons Flagon Cider in selected independent Free Houses, cafe bars and restaurants. We don’t sell to national chains.
The pubs and bars that stock Robinsons Flagon Cider are all independently run enterprises rather than national companies. We’re happier dealing with other independent business people who usually have a very warm relationship with Robinsons and with Robinsons Cider. As someone said, it’s like being in a club. These are tough businesses to run and Robinsons help by providing a real premium product which differentiates them locally; by giving them excellent service and something people can only drink by visiting the pub. Robinsons Flagon Cider isn’t available in bottles or tins, just on draught at the pub.
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