Another Brit! We do exist on this forum then.
Not much help on pear ciders as I haven't tried one making one yet, although Tesco has 20% off all single botttle ciders at the moment, so I've got Bulmers, Kopparberg, Jaques orchard fruits etc all at home Pity I'm on-call for work so I've got to wait a week before I touch any!
Have you tried brewing any other fruit ciders? My 'summer fruit' cider (with fruit smoothie and extra strawberries & blackberries) is being prep'd tonight.
Just need some summer weather for drinking it all!!