Mr Whitehead's Cider
Mr Whitehead is Angus Whitehead, who began experimenting with fruits grown in his garden from the tender age of fifteen. After much practise, one year the apple and pear crop was so good that over 200 gallons of cider was produced. Angus realised the cider was better than any wine he'd made in previous years and this unusually strong cider is still renowned to this day for its longevity and quality.
The hobby grew for a few more years until it was time to think seriously about the future. He began small-scale production with a partner and set up Swamp Donkey Cider, but within a short time Angus saw the potential growth opportunities and decided to go it alone.
Over the autumn of 2003, dedicated plans were made, machinery equipment and vessels purchased and 60 tonnes of apples pressed. Whilst the apple juice turned into cider over the winter, accreditations and licenses were obtained, new contracts made and Farmers' Markets booked.
Almost all the apples and pears used are grown on the south-east facing Hampshire Downs of the neighbouring Blackmoor Farm Estate in Selborne, one of the most respected growers in the south of England. The amount of varieties grown has allowed Angus to create some new and interesting blends, whilst using old and traditional methods to make special ciders throughout the strength range.
strong cider 7.5% ABV.
Light, 3.8% ABV ciderkin.
Made with a blend of dessert and perry pears. medium-dry perry, 5% ABV
Mr Whiteheads is available in various pubs in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex and London, as well some shops and some South Eastern branches of Majestic Wine. Click here for details.
- Address: Hartley Park Farm, Selborne, Nr. Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3HS.
- Tel: (01420) 511733.