Local Real cider is a long-established traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated or pasteurised. However real cider is in a similar situation to that which faced real ale some 30 years ago with the number of outlets for real cider diminishing, even in the West Country. The situation with perry (which is made from pears) is even worse, as it is rarely available away from the farm gate. It is unfortunate that many of the most well known ciders in the UK are cold, fizzy keg products which have been produced artificially rather than naturally.
It is well worth you tracking down some real ciders and perries and more and more people are discovering for themselves how deliciously mellow, aromatic and intoxicating the flavours of naturally produced real cider can be.
You should be able to find real cider and perry in the following local pubs:
Ale Wagon, 27 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE. Ultra traditional ale house, close to the rail station. Broadoak Bristol Port and Broadoak Perry handpull, with Thatchers Katy, Thatchers Oak Matured, Thatchers Pear (PERRY), Thatchers Cox, Thatchers Dabinett, and Westons Old Rosie in bottles.
Black Horse, 1 Foxon Street, Leicester, LE3 5LT. Westons Old Rosie on handpump.
Old Horse, 198 London Road, Leicester LE2 1NE. The Leicester CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2015 with 8 ciders on handpumps from local producers such as Farmer Fears and Bottle Kicking plus Westons.
Criterion, 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN. Two cider handpumps, Thatchers and usually a Westons perry or cider but regularly replaced by guest ciders usually supplied by West Country wholesaler Merrylegs Bag-in-box Westons cider usually available from the front bar fridge along with bottled Thatchers single varierty ciders and perry and organic Dunkertons Black Fox cider.
The Charlotte, Oxford Street/Newarke Street, LE1 5XZ. A changing guest cider complementing the real ales.
The Highcross, Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4JB. Wetherspoons pubs with a draught cider from Westons.
The Offie, 142 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AE. Award-winning off licence specialising in bottled beers from around the world. The bottled cider/perry range is much improved and now includes: Aspalls, Crones, Dunkertons, Gwatkin, Ross-on-Wye, Perrys, Thatchers, Westons, plus a cider and perry from Normandy. Online sales and UK delivery are available.
Swan & Rushes, Infirmary Square/Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5WR. Up to three guest ciders/perry. The barrels are kept in the cellar so check the blackboard or ask if it's not obvious what's on.
Kings Head, 24 King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RL. Usually stocks a Westons and/or Thatchers cider.
Sir Robert Peel, 50 Jarom Street, Leicester, LE2 7DD. Six real ales and two handpumps devoted to real ciders from a changing range. Refurbished pub handy for Leicester City and Leicester Tigers stadiums.
The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 0GA. Steamin Billy ale house, with a good range of beers, and bottled Sheppy's ciders, including the Dabinett which is re-badged as Steamin' Billy Country Cider. Draught Aspalls Suffolk Cyder. Good value stonebaked pizzas. Close to the Demontfort University, and not too far from the football and rugby grounds. Lovely open fire in the Winter.
The Salmon, Butt Close Lane, Leicester. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year which in addition to a ever-changing real ale range, stocks a number of ciders.