Pure North: God’s Own Cider

Picture of the cider cafe menu

You may have spotted the deliberate omission in my recent review of the Pure North cider press and café: I never actually mentioned the cider.

It wasn’t because it wasn’t memorable or worthy of praise.  Quite the opposite – I didn’t want to just crowbar it into the review of the cafe, or reference it as a afterthought.  Cider like this deserves its very own post so I can nerd-flail about how lovely it is.

At Pure North you can buy glasses of the draught cider with your meal, but there’s also a shop selling their range of bottled ciders, as well as the option to take some of the still draught cider home with you in a plastic container (it lasts a couple of weeks if you can resist it for that long).

I picked up a bottle of the Pure North Original Cider (as it would be rude not to try their classic offering), and was also intrigued by the limited edition ‘Velo’ cider which had been produced to celebrate the Yorkshire Grand Départ.

Two bottles of pure north cider

So what was the verdict then?  Well, Pure North Original packs punch.  You can tell it’s made from pure apple juice- no sweeteners or watering down going on here.  It’s rich and has depth and body, which is quite unusual for a lightly sparkling cider.  The colour is a beautiful amber honey hue which fits the full bodied flavour…..  It actually has more of a still cider taste, but it’s on the medium side of medium-dry so it doesn’t dry your mouth out, and I found that it went really well with meats and cheeses.

The Velo variety was equally delicious but very different in style.  It had a fresh, green, clean taste, with a touch of acidity -almost in white wine territory.  It was a delicate pale yellow colour and would probably go nicely with seafood.

I was also very taken by the lovely, subtle elderflower infused flavour of the ‘Maggie In Bloom’ cider.  I was initially sceptial of the word ‘infusion’ – I feared it may veer into my hated alco-cider-pop category, but I ordered a glass after our meal and loved it’s unusual taste.  It’s one of the handful of specialist ciders that are made in small quanities by Rob the resident cider maker.   It’s a still, medium sweet cider but unlike some which are very treacly, this has a beautiful light floral flavour.   Not being sold in bottles was no object to me – I secured a hearty sized jug and got them to fill ‘er up to the top (to take to a house warming that is – not soley for my own consumption).

Artisan cider at its finest on all accounts – get yer’sen down there Yorkshire folk!

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