A couple weeks ago, during my blogging hiatus, I attended the Rekorderlig Midsummer House in Victoria Park East London.
Rekorderlig is a Swedish cider brand; to celebrate longer summer days, a Midsummer House (or rather a pop up pub) was set up in the park; it was open from 21 June 2013 to 05 July 2013 with afternoon (12pm - 5pm) and evening (6pm - 11pm) sessions. Tickets were £10, which covered BBQ food and drink (more on that later).
|Outside - so glad that it was a decent day and it did not rain!|
In the last 10 months I have become a bit of a fruit cider drinker; I think it’s because they’re sweet and don’t really taste alcoholic! Seduced by the thought of free drink and food, I and a friend purchased tickets to attend this alcoholic oasis in Victoria Park (never mind the fact that there are like 4 pubs right next to the park!)
The thought of free flowing drink and food were swiftly put to bed when I and my friend realised that our entry tickets entitled us to 1 free cider of our choice and a BBQ taster. It was a large glass of cider (a bottle of 500ml) and the BBQ taster did taste nice, so I was interested in having more. I wasn’t anywhere drunk, but I definitely sobered up when subsequent purchases of cider were £4 and a gourmet Swedish hotdog (without any chips, salad or side to go with it) was going to cost £5. I will not lie, the price of the hotdog hurt me more than the cost of the drink, especially as I and my friend bought because we were hungry! While it tasted good, I did not get my money’s worth.
To be honest while it was lovely enjoying a Rekordelig Cider in the sun at the Midsummer House, I could have easily enjoyed a Rekorderlig Cider in the sun at a much cheaper price! The major supermarkets are currently doing deals on the cider and in any event it’s actually cheaper to buy a single cider from the supermarket and possibly any bar or pub than at the Midsummer House (or any other glorified pop up pub).
Despite the mediocre experience at the Rekorderlig Midsummer House, I would say that the brand does good cider and I recommend that you try it out – especially the strawberry and lime cider!