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Mountain Express August 10 2021

What’s new in food: Noble Cider reimagines it's downtown location

BOARD MEETING: Noble Cider Downtown Tap Room executive chef Cindy Normand and retail manager Thyra Folkard show off the newly reopened restaurant's charcuterie board. Photo by Steven Bivens

Noble Cider’s Greenhouse Bar and Bistro on Rankin Avenue closed to the public in March 2020. During the downtime, management reconceived its year-old restaurant as Noble Cider Downtown Taproom, which celebrated its official opening on July 28. The Greenhouse’s birds-of-paradise wallpaper is gone, and the pale green and flamingo-pink walls have been repainted blue and gold.

“We wanted the cidery’s mission statement — true to the core — consistent through the kitchen, with good-quality pub fare staying as local as possible to support our community,” explains executive chef Cindy Normand.

Normand, most recently of Jettie Rae’s Oyster House, along with carrying out the company’s locally focused mission, is incorporating ciders into the menu’s food recipes and creating dishes complementary to cider pairings.

Local purveyors featured on the new menu include Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Joyce Farms, Annie’s Bakery, Sandy Bee Mine Honey, Spicewalla and Lusty Monk. In addition to cider, the drinks menu features several local beers and jun from Shanti Elixirs.

And diners shouldn’t skip dessert: Normand tested many versions of apple cider doughnuts and determined that doughnut holes with bourbon hard cider sauce for dipping hit the sweet spot.

Noble Cider Downtown Taproom, 49 Rankin Ave. Asheville NC

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