We went to the Sausage and Cider Festival at The Angel Pub in Poole at the weekend, having seen it advertised online. The Angel is an 18th Century former coaching inn situated in Poole old town. Twice a year, it holds a Sausage and Cider Festival, which promises sausages and cider galore, plus a DJ.
The use of the word ‘Festival’ was a little ambitious, as it was basically just some boxes of cider placed on the bar, a man out front grilling sausages and a DJ in a corner of the bar. However, there were 20 different ciders on offer (19 by the time we arrived an hour into the event). All were sourced from either here in Dorset or neighbouring counties.
I opted for Lilley’s Mango Cider which was very, very good. I’ve not heard of Lilley’s before, but a quick Google search tells me that it’s a family run business based in Somerset, with an interesting range of ciders. From the more traditional to a range of fruit ciders (I know, an apple’s a fruit) a seasonal selection (enjoy the flavours of autumn harvest before heading into winter with some mulled cider). They also have a ‘Whimsical Creations’ range with flavours such as Colider (cola and cider), chocolate apple or lemon & ginger. These weren’t on offer at the cider festival, but I shall certainly be investigating further. In fact, Lilley’s offer their own ‘Mini Festival in a Box’, which consists of 10 different 500 ml bottles of cider, two glasses, coasters and a lanyard for that festival feel all for £29.99.
It was a sunny day, so we sat out the front on benches to have our drinks. This meant that we couldn’t actually hear the music from inside. So it was less a festival, more stopping at a pub for a glass of cider.
The sausage menu consisted of 12 different sausage options. An interesting selection, unless you’re a vegetarian. Then it’s just plain old vegetarian sausages. Next…