Travel Agenda: Cider Route train; International Tiger Day; Dorchester Collection's new hotel; Jet2

Today: The first Cider Route train sets off in Asturias, northern Spain. Passengers will be able to sample regional cuisine and visit a cider museum, a monastery and nature reserve. Further planned departure dates include 2 and 3 October ( trenesturisticosdelnorte.com).

Somerset blackberry and apple sour

Serves 4

Best temp job in town: Pop-up gardens are appearing across London thanks to one pioneering enthusiast

Trundling along to buy a lunchtime sandwich the other day, admiring the floral bedding in my local park in Ealing, I spotted a little sign: "Pop-up Kitchen Garden". Now, we've heard of pop-up shops, restaurants and art galleries, but a pop-up vegetable garden? Exploring a little further, I found that a set of kitchen garden beds, neatly edged in wood, had materialised out of nowhere. It was a gorgeous surprise.

Clear winners: Mark Hix moulds jelly for grown-ups

It's retro, refreshing and it's this summer's most fashionable dessert

Manx queenies with cucumber and wild fennel

Serves 4

Brewers toast reprieve for cider

The 10 per cent increase in tax on cider will be reversed at the end of this month, the Chancellor said yesterday. Indeed, it was good news for the battered pub and brewing industries as George Osborne eschewed the traditional Budget day move of increasing duty on alcohol and tobacco, deciding instead to freeze the so-called "vice taxes".

Drinkers raise glass to alcohol duty freeze

Britain's drinkers were given a reason to raise their glasses as Chancellor George Osborne today promised not to raise duties on alcohol.

Magners slows slide in sales

The maker of Magners cider, C&C, predicted that its earnings would grow this year after it managed to slow a slide in sales volumes of its flagship brand in Britain. The Dublin-based drinks firm, which acquired Tennent's lager in September, said market conditions were still challenging but that continued resilience in off-licence sales and the launch of Magners Pear had helped trading.

Traveller's Guide To: Herefordshire

Simon Calder explores this modestly beautiful county, from the River Wye to the cider trail

Asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke and beef salad

Serves 4

Trainee teacher 'had sex with 16-year-old pupil'

A trainee teacher at a public school had sex with a 16-year-old pupil after getting him drunk on cider, a court heard today.

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