It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas | & I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet!

Could it be socks again?

Could it be socks again?

Here at Pilango we like an alternative gift, preferably with an apple theme to it (unsurprisingly!) At the moment we’re right in the middle of loading all our Christmas goodies onto the website as I type and I can’t wait to talk you through a few of my absolute favourites.


Firstly we’ve been adapting our cider making workshops so that everyone can come and take part. From January we’ll be taking small groups for a two hour workshop learning what affects flavour and the taste of cider so that you can work out what you like. We’ll teach you how to create some popular recipes or you can make up your own. Then we get to the fun part using different ingredients to create your ultimate brew. You end the day with an 8 pint mixture in a large glass flagon to take home. It’s a pretty great gift – the receiver (or you!) will learn a new skill, get to enjoy a nice drink and have a batch of proper cider ready for springtime.

Cider Making dates for 2019 - 10 Jan *SOLD OUT* , 19 Jan , 16 Feb, 16 March, 20 April pick your date now or later just let us know when you buy what you’d like to do – vouchers available through our online shop.


Second up is our Variety Box. Dealers choice if you will! This was put together by our bar man Sam. With impeccable taste and 10 years of pubbing behind him you know this is going to be a great combination. From amazing British cider Black Fox from Herefordshire to South African Sxollie Packham Pear with its packaging that looks like snowflakes this is truly a box full of big hitters. We also take a quick hop to Spain for El Gaitero and leap to New Zealand for Zeffer Crisp Apple before bowling home with two of our own Pilango Liberated and Hopped. We stock ciders from all over the world so you know you are in for a treat when you welcome these guys in to celebrate Christmas.

Variety box is at £20 available in store and through our online shop while stocks last. If you prefer to be more region specific why not try our West Country Stars or even the perfect Perry Pack.


And then there’s a tasting evening of course. What a lovely treat to have a cider expert pick you out a whole selection of ciders to try. We sip from lovely wine glasses to get a better scent and flavour from the cider and the whole thing is rather civilised. Gone are the days of warm pub pints. Previous tastings have included; fruit ciders, champagne method ciders and hot cider in the winter. Great gift for a stocking filler or secret santa.

£15, tickets available through our website – you can pick the date later & let them choose what works best – 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 28 March.

Happy Gifting! and if you have any questions don’t forget you can always pop in and see us, give us a call or email for help or advice.