If you are at Merlins Rest on Wednesday, June 8 for Aspall day, you will be asked to participate in the proper etiquette for ordering and drinking traditional English cider!! Here are the rules, so study up!
English Cyder rules
1, In any group of two or more people, one person must buy a round of drinks (preferably Aspall Cyder) for the whole group, everyone takes turns to buy a round of drinks, when each person has bought a round, the process begins again with the first person.
2, unless seated at the bar, the round buyer must also act as waiter for the group
help may be offered, but should not be expect, “Buying your round” means not only paying for the drinks, but going to the bar, ordering the drinks and carrying them all back to the table, the effort involved in delivering the drinks to the group is as important as the expenditure, it is part of the “gift”
3, Fairness: Round-buying is not a matter of strict justice. One person may well end up buying two rounds during a “session”, while other members of the group have only bought one round each. Over several “sessions”, rough equality is usually achieved, but it is extremely bad manners to whine about this.
Any outward sign of miserliness, calculation or reluctance to participate wholeheartedly in the ritual is severely frowned upon.
To be branded with “he doesn’t buy his round” is a dire insult. It is thus important to try always to be among the earliest to say “It’s my round,” rather than waiting until the other members of the group have bought “their” rounds and it is quite obviously your turn.
4, Never wait until all one’s companions’ glasses are empty before offering to buy the next round. The correct time to say “It’s my round” is when the majority of the glasses are about three-quarters empty, this ensures that the flow of alcohol is continuous, that no-one is ever left without a drink even for a few minutes.
5, It is acceptable occasionally to refuse a drink during the round-buying process, at no time should one attempt to make an issue or moral virtue out of your moderate intake, and this certainly does not exempt you from your round-buying obligation. Even if you are drinking less than the others, you should still “buy your round”.
5, Never refuse a drink that is offered as a “peace-making” gesture or that is clearly a significant, personal friendship-signal, doing so is considered to be very rude, there is usually no excuses for failing to perform the sacred round-buying ritual.