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23rd February 2024

The Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow Re-Opens With New Wood-Fired Food Offering Following Major Refurbishment

Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company and their new partners Firebird Kitchen are pleased to announce the re-opening of The Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow following a three-week refurbishment.

The interior of the pub has been completely transformed with a refurbished bar front made out of their very own cider barrels. New lines have been added to the bar, bringing the draught offering up to 18 taps. A previously under-utilised side room – ‘The Snug’ – has also been brought together into the wider pub area. It now offers customers extra seating and a quieter zone, which is also perfect for families or small private functions.

The extensive beer garden is also having a makeover ready for Easter and will be perfect for dining and drinking in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.

On the refurbishment, The Yew Tree Inn’s Pub Manager Martin Johnson said, “Myself and the team are so eager to start a new era at the Yew Tree in 2024 alongside Firebird Kitchen! We have always loved our customers and our drinks offering, and getting the chance to expand it with more draught lines for our award winning cider and craft beer, as well as our first foray into natural and organic wines and cocktails is really exciting. Even better is doing so alongside such enthusiastic and genuine people at Firebird Kitchen and their amazing food.”

The kitchen has also been fully renovated, with a wood-fired oven installed to facilitate Firebird Kitchen’s new food offering. Jim Bishop and Sandie Tomlinson have been been hand-crafting wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas from their mobile ovens since 2016 (The Firebird Oven) and are excited to now have a permanent fixed site in Herefordshire. They have put together a menu of breads, starters, sides, seasonal salads, wood-fired pizzas and desserts, and are planning to expand their offering as they get up and running. As trained bakers and multiple World Bread Award winners, they are also hoping to start a micro-bakery selling artisan breads and pastries at weekends in the future.

“Our team at Firebird Kitchen are really excited to finally be embarking on this partnership! The Yew Tree has been our local pub for the last seven years and we’re really looking forward to welcoming back the locals and making it a destination for anyone visiting Herefordshire looking for a cosy pub and great food and drink to eat in or takeaway”.

Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company, awarded BBC Food & Farming Awards Best Drinks Producer 2019, have been running the Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow since 2014, selling their cider and perry which is made only 5 minutes away at Broome Farm. The pub itself has won many awards including Herefordshire Cider Pub of the Year 2017 and 2019 and has become a popular tourist attraction, with countless drinks events organised throughout the year, including Ciderganza, Summertime Soiree, Cider Challenge, and Ross-Tober-Fest.

Albert Johnson, Director of Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company hopes that the new food offering will bring new customers to the pub and help to advance cider tourism in the area. “Cider and pizza are a match made in heaven. It’s a beautiful thing! Pretty much every single combination works; the possibilities are as wide as your imagination. We’re so excited to collaborate with Firebird Kitchen to create seasonal pizzas to match our new cider and perry releases throughout the year.”

The Yew Tree Inn is open every day from midday, with food being served on Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm-9pm and Saturdays from Midday-9pm, with additional days/hours being added in the future.


Notes to Editors

Facebook: @YewTreePeterstow

Instagram: @yewtreepeterstow / @thefirebirdkitchen

Twitter: @YewTreeCiderPub

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  1. Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company was founded in 2003 at Broome Farm. The Johnson family have been pressing apples and pears at Broome Farm since the 1930s. Today their natural cider and perry is produced in the same traditional way in the unique soil and climate of Herefordshire. The cidermaking is pure and simple, using only whole juice, and allowing natural fermentation. Their scale of cider and perry production allows them to make small batches of single varieties and blends, meaning they usually have over 60 drinks available.
  2. Firebird Kitchen will have a core menu plus regular/changing specials, as well as pizza. Follow them on Instagram for updates over the next few months as they expand/tailor their menu. They have gluten free pizza bases and other gluten free options, as well as a separate vegan menu. Takeaway as well as eat-in is available. For bookings/pre-order takeaways phone The Yew Tree Inn on 01989 562815 or ask at the bar.
  3. Ciderganza (29-31 March 2024) is an annual cider and perry festival held over the Easter weekend at The Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow. Live music everyday, over 20 draught ciders and 60 bottled ciders available, tutored cider tastings led by Albert Johnson, and food from Firebird Kitchen. Free entry except for ticketed cider tastings available here:
  4. Summertime Soiree (24-26 May 2024) is an annual drinks festival celebrating an array of alcoholic beverages as well as cider and perry, held at the Yew Tree Inn. Live music everyday, tutored drinks tastings, and food from Firebird Kitchen. Free entry except for ticketed drinks tastings.
  5. The Cider Challenge (27 July 2024) is an annual peer-judged charity cider and perry competition held at The Yew Tree Inn. All ciders and perries should be pure juice, with no artificial sweeteners. There are no restrictions on who can enter. This is combined with a pub cider festival where the entries are on sale and profits from the sale of your cider or perry will go to our charity of the year, Hope Support Services. The festival is free entry to the public, with live music and food from Firebird Kitchen. More information about the competition and entry forms available here:
  6. Ross-Tober-Fest (4-6 October 2024) is a German themed beer festival held at The Yew Tree Inn, featuring every official Oktoberfest beer, a wide selection of European and British beers, as well as our brilliant selection of ciders and perries. Live music everyday and food from Firebird Kitchen. Free entry.
  7. Camping and Caravanning is available throughout the year, including for all of The Yew Tree Inn/Ross Cider events, at Broome Farm or at the Yew Tree Inn. More information and booking is available here:


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