Beavertown beer: craft beer at its best

Inspired by global breweries brought home to London

Craft beer- interesting, bold flavoured beers made by small-scale breweries that focus on retaining the quality over mass production. But can craft beer live up to the hype and persuade drinkers away from a traditional British pint? We think so!

The Gamma Ray American Pale Ale


Beavertown’s Gamma Ray American Pale Ale is a delicious tropical juicy beer- light in flavour something that you can drink all day! Packed full with malt and flavours of mango and grapefruit. One of CheersLondon favourites!

Fancy something different?

A great alternative is the Neck Oil Session Indian Pale Ale. For Beavertown apparently this started as a home brew. Light and crispy- with a huge addition of late hops to the brew, this is an easy drinker!


Pick up a selection of Beavertown beers at The Good Wine Shop and enjoy!


By Anna Johnston


Best of British, a UK vineyard

As the days get longer and the sun pokes its head from out the clouds it’s time to pay homage to home grown producers who battle against the British weather all year round.

When we think of a bottle of wine its often Napa, California, The Rhone Valley, Medoc or Provence in France that spring to mind. But have you ever thought of bringing a local wine to the dinner table?

Tucked away near the Camel Valley Estuary in Cornwall sits the Camel Valley Vineyard. One of Britain’s few and most successful wine producers since 1989.

Set up by Bob and Annie an ex army couple, the vineyard has been lovingly grown from the ground up since they moved here almost 30 years ago.

But surely the weather in Britain isn’t suitable for growing bumper crops of grapes? With plenty of sun most summers in the South West of England, the sloping hills are drenched in hot sunshine, whilst the winter brings plenty of rainfall feeding the dry ground.

Camel Valley Bottle TopsI was lucky enough to visit the winery on a Wednesday when they open to the public for tours and sampling! Not being a wine buff myself I wasn’t sure what to expect but one of the Camel Valley team led us around the vineyard and we were introduced to the vertical basket press, oak vats and barrels and wine plungers!

Of course the highlight was being led back into the warmth and sampling the delights of the wine. Sparkling white, rose and even red! Something totally new. Spit buckets were of course provided for the refined amongst was debatable how much use ours got.

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The wine was divine. Knowing it had been grown only meters from our seats made it taste even better. The Camel Valley team haven’t gone empty handed. They have been awarded numerous awards for their produce. Waitrose Drinks Producer of the Year Awards in 2002, followed by a Gold Medal for The International Wine Challenge in 2005l. In 2010 they took the Trophy for ‘Best International Traditional Method Sparkling Wine’ , ahead of Bollinger and Roederer. A feat indeed.

Not just kept to Cornwall. Camel’s delights can be found in Waitrose nationally along with Hakkasan and Fortnum’s in London.

For visits to the vineyard book online at

Tours run every Wednesday at 17.00 throughout April- October

This way to the cocktail train

Have a knees up in yester-year

If you are on the look out for a little bit of vintage drinking, in a great location with plenty of banter then we have the place for you! Set in an “abandoned” tube station just after the second world war Cahoots promises to leave you feeling squiffy while having a spiffing good time!

The cocktails are a bit pricey so this night would be reserved for a special occasion and booking is definitely necessary; people are queuing round the block to experience the delights of Cahoots. The menu is packed with cocktails named after famous people of the time including old time sweethearts Vera Lynn and Rita Hayworth. If you are feeling peckish then make sure to get your rations in the form of crisp and said cream sandwich or scotch egg, perfect to line the stomach.

Most importantly kick back with friends and enjoy and evening of debauchery and delight! Tally ho old chaps!

By Elle Vickery 

Gin: Its safe for mothers!

Happy Mother’s Day!

In the recent years, Gin has become the trendy drink favoured by hipsters and city workers alike. So long to the Vodka, lime and lemonade and Cheers to the Gin and Tonic.

Some may know that Gin is also known as “Mothers Ruin” due to its links to depression and unpredictable behaviour from the consumer. Why is this?

Back in the day (18th Century to be precise) Gin was introduced as a cheap spirit, accessible to the masses as a remedy to pretty much get battered! The tax on beer was far too expensive whereas gin only had a price of 2 pence a gallon and in London alone 10 million gallons of gin was being distilled annually.

So what did this do to the great pissed public? Well, more popular among women, the drinking of Gin meant children were neglected and even sold into prostitution to feed the habit and some babies were drunk on the spirit to keep them quiet. Men were left impotent and some were driven to madness!

When the government realised there was a Gin related crisis they upped the tax on the beverage driving sales underground and onto the black market. People sold their homes to get their hands on it, using the effects of the alcohol to keep them warm in the winter and sloshed in the summer.

This continued until the Duke of Wellington passed a bill that got rid of the beer tax. The insatiable thirst for gin soon disappeared.

Gin: No longer a ruin for mothers!

Fast-forward a couple of hundred years and gin is back in fashion. It could be argued that the increased interest in cocktails has played a part and if you chuck the word “Craft” at the front of anything you will have people queuing up round the block to say they had it first.

Whatever the reason for Gin making the biggest comeback since Take That, I’ll definitely be taking it. Mine’s a Gin and Tonic, straight up with a slice of lemon.

By Elle Vickery 

When is gin time?

Cheers HQ were conflicted…

The weather has been a teasing minx, warm for a day which meant we rushed to a beer garden squeezing our lemons into our gin as we went. Now its cold again, is there still a place for that refreshing summer tipple? Of course there is!


But what time is Gin o’clock?


We think one of the below:

6pm on a Friday – After work drinks

3pm on a Sunday – Chilled end of the weekend drinks

10pm on a Wednesday – It’s only half way through the week drinks

Head over to our twitter page here  to vote on your chosen time.

in the meantime, if all this gin talk has got you in the mood for one see below for a twist on the traditional beverage!

So what goes into this classic?

1 part gin (our favourite at the moment is Sipsmith)

2 parts tonic (Try Fever-Tree tonic)

For some added CheersLondon flare:
1 lime wheel
1 lemon wheel
2 juniper berries

Whether you like a classic g&t or a more adventurous blend, CheersLondon will have something for you!

By Elle Vickery


5 best places to drink Prosecco in London

Affordable fizz in the capital

Pop the cork and cheers!

There is nothing more luxurious than a glass of fizz, but here at CheersLondon we can tell you where are those the hot spots around town to go and enjoy the best Prosecco at the best prices!

So where are the places to go for some bubbles and for an evening of celebration?

Cork and Bottle, Leicester Sq

If you are looking for a pre theatre drink or just exploring the West end, Cork and Bottle has been at the heart of Soho for over 30 years.

The walls are in need of a lick of pain, but the drinks menu is still as experienced as ever. A glass of Prosecco will be sure to begin or end your evening in theatre land!


Vinoteca, Chiswick 

Inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, Vinoteca brings a bit of the continent to West London. Come and enjoy some italian food along with a wine list that stretches to more than 285 bottles! And a glass of Prosecco will only cost you £6.50, bargain!


Sager and Wild Paradise Row, Bethnal Green

Amongst the industrial setting of railway arches and graffiti walls you find this trendy spot. Delicious food, impeccable service and a Not somewhere you pop for dinner or a glass of something, stay for the evening.

So why not enjoy a bottle of Prosecco di Vallodobbiadene ‘Frizzante Naturalmente’, Veneto, Casa Coste Piane.

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Pizza Pilgrims, Dean Street

Pizza and Prosecco on tap- what more could we ask for! It’s simple, pick one from ten pizza choices, order a chilled glass of fizz and enjoy. Need we say any more…


Crown and Shuttle, Shoreditch

This hip and happening Shoreditch pub welcomes all Proessco lovers, with fizz on tap! Frizzanti Classico (Draught) is £5 a glass, or if you fancy something else why not try a bottle of the NV Prosecco Brut, Stella d’Italia.

This is an old pub with a revamped style- exposed brickwork, stripped back plaster work and low slung lighter. Enjoy a chilled glass of something in this ‘brewery’ chic. atmosphere.


By Anna Johnston

Why pick Whisky? A history in a bottle

Whisky has a long and  adventurous history. With nearly 500 hundred brands of whisky across the world, how do you know where to start? Here at CheersLondon we’ll unlock the mystery behind whisky and why we think this Scottish malt is a go to classic!


John Dewar & Sons

So who was John Dewar? One of the most famous names in Scotch whisky, John Dewar & Sons was established in Perth, Scotland in 1846. Whisky was and always has been at the heart of the business.

How whisky became a success story?

The 19th century was the boom for whisky trading, and sons of John Dewar Alexander and Tommy built built Aberfeldy distillery between 1896 and 1898 to provide malt for blending purposes.

But hard times were still to come, and the company financially struggled during the 20th century ultimately merging with rivals James Buchanan & Co in 1915 to form Buchanan-Dewar.

In 1925 the company became part of the global Distillers Company Ltd (DCL) and later sold to Bicardi in 1998.

Today, John Dewar & Sons currently employs near to three hundred people at seven highland distillery locations.

So what does this whisky taste like?

Firstly on the nose you get an overwhelmingly toasty smell, toffee nut with a malt flavour and smoky aromas. The palette is a little fuller, barley undertones. A hint of honey comes through reflecting the colour of the blend.

Buy yourself a bottle here! 


By Anna Johnston

Why choose Whisky?

You’ve guessed it’s another drink to celebrate here at CheersLondon. This time it’s Whisky!

You might well be a whisky connoisseur. But if not, then we have the answers to what is the best whisky to try if you are a newbie like us?

Are you partial to a Scottish or Irish blend? If you are yet to find your favourite tipple we’ll have something for you.

Here are CheersLondon we’ll find out more about the history of whisky, or the hipster brands on the market. We’ll even bring you latest about whiskey tasting opportunities.

Take a look to find out more!

By Alicia Edwards

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Cocktails just got a revamp

Cocktails just got a little bit naughty. Forget fancy spirits, nouveau wines and acting a bit of a ponce.

It’s time we stuck to life’s simple pleasures…let’s get seasonal with our produce; a sophisticated take on a scrumptious tipple.

Cider is back and this time bartender’s are getting a little bit cheeky with the timeless brew.

We’ve put together a handful of our favourites. They are so quick and so easy to prep ( not to mention drink), that there’s little excuse for whipping up a batch for friends and co this weekend.


With prices on the up up up! Forget sangria with the red and look no further than its apple cousin.

Apple Cider Sangria is happening and its time you tried it.

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1 bottle (standard size) of pinot grigio
2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger brandy
3 honey crisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped


Combine all ingredients together and stir, stir, stir. Refrigerate for an hour or so (or longer!) before serving.


A trio of rockstars; the cranberries and vodka in this drink make the cider a little bit classy



2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice, strained
1 ounce vodka
1 bottle hard cider, chilled
apple slice for garnish



Fill glass and cocktail shaker with ice.
Add cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka to the cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass.
Top off the glass with the hard cider and garnish with apple slice.
Sip and enjoy!
Chin chin darling!
I have to admit, this is my absolute favourite when it comes to Christmas market tipples. Wooly gloves, steaming mugs of hot apple cider and twinkling fairy lights. Nothing beats it.
OK…yes it may not be Christmas now, but its winter, its cold and we need something a little heart warming!


  • 3 cups of fresh apple cider
  • 2 cups of dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 orange or 2 tangerines (sliced)
  • 1 medium apple or 4 Lady apples (sliced 1/4 inch thick)


Combine apple cider, dry red wine, maple syrup, peppercorns, orange or tangerines, and apple(s) in a medium pot. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm, in mugs.

True cider fans look no further. Britain’s best home brew.

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Only true scrumpy fans apply.

Now in no way are we condoning irresponsible drinking, but your status as a true cider fan would never be complete without at least an attempt at the infamous Cori Tap Challenge.

The Cori Tap you ask? Centuries old and one of Britain’s most esteemed cider houses, The Coronation Tap is just a short walk from Brunel’s Suspension Bridge in Bristol. With such a plethora of ciders on tap, available nowhere else in the world, this little inn, is undoubtedly a rose amongst the thorns of modern day chains, who all serve nothing but mass produced plonk.



Home brewed, and at 8.5% the ciders here are the real deal. Of course the West Country folk would make them no other way, and boy, do people go crazy for them…so here’s the challenge.

Ten delicate half pints consumed within one evening of pure merriment. What do you win? The respect of The Cori’s forefathers who serve you at the bar. It’s that simple, but few manage it.



If one evening of debauchery down The Cori isn’t enough for you, then be sure not to miss the inn’s very own cider festival this summer, ‘The Corifest’. The second weekend of August will see a weekend filled with hog roasts, live folk music and of course Bristol’s home brewed cider.


Treat yourself to a cider this spring!

Looking for a pub dedicated to Ciders?

If you’re looking for a pub in London dedicated to excellent ciders then look no further at the Southampton Arms. Although the pub is quite north from the city center with it based in Gospel Oak, it’s well worth the journey. It’s no surprise its considered one of the best pubs for ciders in London when it’s one of the only dedicated ale and cider houses in the city. It prides itself on selling only beers and ciders from independent breweries. Not to be confused with the Jolly Butchers pubs, the Southampton Arms holds an impressive selection of a minimum of eighteen beers and ciders.

They don’t just pride themselves on their ales and ciders, they’ve also been known for their great meals and snacks as well. Whether it’s sitting down with a cider and a pork pie or enjoying a nice meal chosen from their fresh selection of meats, the Southampton Arms do really accommodate for everyone. It’s with good reason that they have a loyal customer fan base and one that considers them to be one of the best places for a Cider in the whole of London. Quick tip from us though, they do only take cash!

The pub itself is located in Gospel Oak with the address being 139 Highgate Rd, London NW5 1LE. The two nearest tube stations are Gospel Oak and Tufnell Park. With Tufnell Park being on the Northern line, you’ll find there is easy access to the Southampton Arms even if you are coming from central London.

By Jack Hoban

How to cook with Cider

Cooking with Cider couldn’t be more simple!

Love it or hate it, Cider is definitely a drink to cook up a stir with. The perfect alternative to a dry white wine, cider brings out the same fruity flavours but married with the tangy sharpness of a vinegar to liven up any dish. A good slug of a real Cider can’t fail to produce delicious recipes and add the finishing touches to cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Where to start? Choose the best

If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it. Commercial ‘white’ ciders are not suitable for cooking. Pick a medium-strength drink, as you don’t want the alcohol content to overpower your cooking. Look for high fruit content and a cider made from read apples- not from concentrate.

How to cook it

Here are some recipe ideas to get those taste buds tingling…

Why not add some Frome Valley Dry Cider to an onion gravy- enjoy with bangers and mash or a traditional Sunday roast.

Or a twist on a classic, a cider inspired moules marinières. Add some Aspall Dry Suffolk Premium Cider to a pan with some smokey bacon and thyme for the perfect combination.

Even when picking a pud we’ve found a fantastic Apple Cider Cake which hits the spot!

Our favourite recipe

Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall’s Apple Cider Cake

250g self-raising flour
125g cold butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing
125g soft brown sugar
125g sultanas
100ml cider
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 large cooking apple (such as a bramley), peeled and sliced
Demerara sugar, to finish

Heat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Butter a 20cm tin.

Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and sultanas. Combine the cider and vinegar, pour into the dry ingredients. Mix lightly until the batter is consistent.

Finally, fold in the slices of apple.

Spoon the cake mix into the prepared tin, smooth it out until reasonably flat and scatter the top generously with demerara sugar.

Bake for 40-45 minutes. Enjoy!

By Anna Johnston