Producers in Devon

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Ashburton

Map ref - various. A fine selection of Devonshire ciders made from 100% pure apple juice without the use of any chemicals. Though not certified Organic Thompstone's ciders are made using carefully sources apples from local orchards. According to their website website they Also offer services such as Orchard Management and a mobile Cider Bar.

Axminster

Hawkhurst

  • Tay's Farmhouse Cider, Tay's Farm, Hawkchurch, Nr. Axminster, Devon, EX13 5UN. Tel: (01297) 678321.

Map ref 350986. From Axminster, take the Lyme Regis road and after two miles turn left onto the B3165 towards Broadwindsor. Tay's Farm is about two and a half miles along the road on the right hand side. DEVON Address but the farm is in DORSET (just). This is a very traditional cider, made by pressing the apples between layers of straw in a screw press. The flavour is equally traditional - slightly glutinous and acetic, with a taste of pigs. Not to everybody's taste but great if you like your cider this way. UPDATE (JUNE 2007) - Believed CLOSED.

Shute

The Lyme Bay Winery offers free Cider & Country Wine tastings throughout the year. HOW TO GET THERE FROM SEATON: Take the A358 towards Axminster. Turn left opposite the Golden Hind Inn in the village of Musbury (signposted to Whitford). Drive straight through the village of Whitford, and the Winery is on the left, approx. half a mile past the houses. Several bottled and draught ciders, as well as other local products, are available. The farmhouse cider is well flavoured and the price reasonable. [1]

Barnstaple

  • Ostlers Cider Mill, Eastacott Lane, Northleigh Hill, Goodleigh, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 7NR. Tel: (01271) 321241.

Buy cider Online. Not really set up to sell on site, and quite difficult to find. Available from: Griffin Wholefoods, 120 Fore Street, South Molton, Devon Google Map Link.

Buckfastleigh

  • Luscombe Cider, Luscombe Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, Tel: (01364) 643036.

Map ref 748638. From the A38, take the A384 towards Totnes. After half a mile turn right and then, after crossing the river Dart and the Dart Valley Railway, turn left onto a very slow and narrow road running along the west side of the valley. After one and a half miles (which feels more like three) turn right up the track to Luscombe. The cider here is very good and well worth the journey. I recommend phoning before making the trip, as I have found it shut more than once. It is now (2000) more geared up for selling in bulk than to the passing traveller - all the more reason to phone first.

I called in unannounced 2 years ago, 2006, and was met by very unfriendly staff in a small office, who were quite offended that I had turned up out of the blue, and after trying my best to be nice, was offered cases to purchase only. No singles. Never again! How not to win friends and influence people.

Burrington

  • Budden Cider, Higher Hacknell Farm, Burrington, Nr Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9LX. Tel: (01769) 560292.

Crediton

Sandford Orchards cider is available in several local pubs, see the Cider Pub Guide on this wiki or their web site. You can meet the cider makers, taste and buy their ciders at Crediton and Cullumpton Farmers Markets, Crediton market is held on the first Saturday of each month, Cullumpton the second. Sandford Orchards make a range of Devon farmhouse ciders using apples from local orchards. Some cider is matured in rum barrels for a year to become their Vintage Cider. They also produce a cider called Old Kirton which is aged for 18 months in oak. The label for Old Kirton reads "Picked by hand, pressed through straw, and aged in oak. This is the same cider from the same orchards as has been drunk in these parts for centuries". It is now possible to buy direct from the farm - best to call ahead first as they are a working farm - also now doing delicious juices too.

Cullompton

Clayhidon

  • Bollhayes Cider, Bollhayes Park, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3PN. Tel: (01823) 680230.

Map ref 164140. This place is not easy to find. It is about two miles east of the village of Hemyock, on the south side of the River Culm, and Hemyock is itself about five miles south of Wellington, so, when you know where it is, it is quite quick and easy to reach from the M5. Not really a retail outlet. Cider production is limited to 1,500 gallons per year, so that duty is not payable, and the result is a fresh, zesty brew having good acid content without being tart. It tastes slightly citrus, almost wine-like. Indeed, some of the production is given a secondary fermentation in bottles to make a sparkling version. Cider making is only part of the business, the other being Vigo Ltd, supplying cider making equipment and materials to other professional and amateur cider makers from a unit on the Dunkeswell Airfield Industrial Estate, Dunkeswell, Near Honiton about 5miles from Hemyock. This is where orders for cider can be placed and picked up as they are open normal office hours. 01404 890 262.

Clyst St. Lawrence

  • Ventons Devon Cyder, Willis Cottage, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2NL. Tel: 07811 963853. Email: mark@ventons.co.uk

Traditional producer making up to 1500 gallons a year of straw pressed natural cider.

Please phone or email first.

Chilla

  • West Lake Cider, West Lake Farm, Chilla, Nr.Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5XF. Tel: (01409) 221991. Email: info@west-lake.co.uk

A range of 5 different Devon ciders, including organic and a Normandy style cider. Also appear to produce a perry, though not mentioned on the website. Also offer contract pressing service, press and mill hire, and cider/juice making courses.

Combe Martin

  • Indicknowle Traditional Farmhouse Cider, Indicknowle Farm, Long Lane, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 0PA. Tel: (01271) 883980.

A delicious, keen cider pressed through straw on machinery 200 years old, in a beautiful setting and by a friendly and knowledgeable gentleman. Highly recommended. Cider only available at the farm. Also sells local produce (Honey, Jams, eggs, veg etc) and meat and meat products from the farm during summer holiday period. Phone 01271 883980 to speak to Mark & Sue West for availability. North Devon Awards winner 2008.

Colyton

  • Wiscombe Cider, Tim Chichester, Wiscombe Park, Southleigh, Colyton, Devon, EX24 6JG. Tel: 07976 585465.

Makers of Wiscombe Medium Cider 6% ABV and Wiscombe Suicider 8% ABV. They are made traditionally by horses pulling the granite mill.

Exeter

Broadclyst

  • Killerton Estate Cider, The Stables Gift Shop, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE. Tel: (01392) 881912.

Cider has been made by National Trust wardens on the Killerton Estate in Devon since the early 1990s. The apples are grown free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides and come mainly from five estate orchards. Varieties include Killerton Sweet and Killerton Sharp which originate from the estate. The apples are hand-picked and pressed on site in early October by the wardens and volunteers using a traditional farm press.

Exton

  • Fowlers Scrumpy Company, 10 Barton Close, Exton, Nr. Exeter, Devon, EX3 0PE. Tel: (01822) 617333 Fax: (01822) 617333. Email: info@idcltd.com

Keith Fowler, producer and supply of scrumpy cider. Range includes: "Cripple Cock Farmyard Scrumpy", "Fowl Scrumpy" and "Scrumpy Willey".

Clyst St. George

  • Green Valley Cyder, Darts Farm, Clyst St. George, Nr. Exeter, Devon, EX3 0QH. Tel: (01392) 876658.

(Map ref 978884). Turn west off the A376 Exeter to Exmouth road at a mini-roundabout, towards Topsham and Darts Farm is a couple of hundred yards on the right. This is a large emporium, selling many other things besides cider such as wines, cheeses, meats and several other ciders besides the traditional draught.

dartsfarm.co.uk - Dart Farm website

The cider I bought there tasted rather raw - maybe it was just too new.

I bought three 10 l boxes for pubs in Hull in September 2009 and they all tasted great to me, I'd definatly buy more CiderMike 11:18, 29 September 2009 (BST).

Dunsford

  • Brimblecombe's Devon Farmhouse Cider, Farrant's Farm, Dunsford, Nr. Exeter, Devon, Tel: (01647) 252783.

Map ref 835895. On B3212, one and a half miles east of Dunsford. Formerly called Mr Olly's. The apples are pressed between layers of straw with a screw press rather than using cloths and a hydraulic press like most others. This probably leads to the slightly glutinous and rather pleasing flavour. Well worth a visit - a classic cider barn, museum of farming impliments, enormous screw press, etc. Open from 11AM. Various vintages available (2000-2006). A very traditional "scrumpy".

Kennford

  • Kennford Cider, Lamacraft Farm, Kennford, Nr. Exeter, Devon, EX6 7TS. Tel: (01392) 832298.

Tedburn St Mary

  • Gray's Devon Cider, Halstow, Tedburn St. Mary, Nr. Exeter, Devon, EX6 6AN. Tel: (01647) 61236.

Map ref 825925. To reach it, leave the new A30 and go into Tedburn St Mary. Take the turning south beside the King's Arms (good food). At the T-junction turn right and follow the road until it crosses over the A30 again and turn left at the T-junction. After about a mile turn right at a T-junction. The farm is about half a mile along the road on the right hand side. This is one of my favourites and at a very good price. Consistently good and well worth the struggle of finding now that it has been cut off by the new A30.

Holbeton

  • Symon's Farm Cider, Borough Farm, Holbeton, Nr. Plymouth, Devon. Tel: (01752) 830247.

Map ref 604494. From the A379, halfway between Yealmpton and Modbury, turn south towards Holbeton. Don't take the turnings to Holbeton, but stay on the main road for about 2 miles to a crossroads with 5 ways, where you turn right. Borough Farm is a few hundred yards ahead on a right hand bend. Although hard to find, the trip is rewarded with one of my top three ciders, always very good, clear and not expensive. Recently, John Walters-Symons has started to use a fine filtration unit for some of his production. He thinks it adds a little unwanted flavour, so he is only using it when pin brightness and improved keeping properties are required. Not to be confused with Symond's Cider and Perry, the large company in Herefordshire, which made Scrumpy Jack. If you happen to find yourself in Holbeton, there is good food and drink at the Mildmay Colours Inn, which brews its own beer, so why not go there anyway! update oct 07- not produced this year and wont be next either! <--- Is it now?

Honiton

  • Reed's Cider, Broadhayes, Sawmills, Stockland, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9EL. Tel: (01404) 831456.
  • Cokesputt Cyder, Cokesputt Farm, Payhembury, Honiton, Devon, EX14 0HD. Tel: (01404) 841289.

Loddiswell

  • Heron Valley Cider, Crannacombe Farm, Hazelwood, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4DX. Tel: (01548) 550256.

Map ref 727515. About a mile north of Loddiswell, take the next right fork past Combe Cross. Crannacombe is about three-quarters of a mile down this narrow, winding lane. Generally good but variable. Lots of other apple based products.

Newton Abbot

Chudleigh

  • Reddaway's Farm Cider, Lower Rixdale Farm, Luton, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 0BN. Tel: (01626) 775218.

1,000 gallons of 6% cider is made in the traditional way by John Reddaways from apples grown on the farm. He is the third generation of Reddaways making cider at the farm. The cider is available as dry or medium and stored in oak barrels in the cellar under the farmhouse. Farmgate sales are available during off-licence hours and the cider can be supplied in 2 litre, 4 litre, & 5-gallon containers or youcan bring your own. Directions: half a mile from village of Luton at end of Church Road. OS Grid Reference: SX 906775.

Combeinteignhead

  • Milltop, Milltop Orchards, Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot. Tel: (01626) 873030.

A range of ciders and apple juices, available to buy from the premises, or mail-order. See the online shop. Possibly no longer producing, will check and confirm. CiderMike 11:57, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Paignton

  • Hunts' Cider, Higher Yalberton Farm, Yalberton Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ9 6PU. Tel: (01803) 782309.

Take the Paignton to Totnes Rd, Turn left at the Parkers Arms in Collaton St Mary heading towards Stoke Gabriel. Take Your third left after about 1 mile, signposted FARM CIDER.

The Hunt family have been making cider for at least 200 years, and have made it at the working farm at Yalberton from apples at their own orchard for the last 70 years. A variety of cider apples are used, no chemicals added, and its brewed in a traditional manner on a 100 year old press. Please feel free to come and buy it from the farm.

Shillingford

  • Chucklehead Cider, South Hayne Farm, Shillingford, Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 9BL. Tel: (01243) 572332.

Most cider sold through agricultural shows and events, but mail order also available through the website.

Sidmouth

  • Burscombe Farm Cider, Burscombe Farm, Sidford, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0QB. Tel: (01395) 597648.

Stoke Gabriel

  • Yarde RealDrink, Elmcroft, Stoke Gabriel, Devon, TQ9 6RW. Tel: (01803) 782217. Email: enquiries@realdrink.org

507863074_6d8fc38b07_m.jpg 100% real juice natural ciders produced from 3 specific orchards. Online shop.

South Molton

  • Hancock's Devon Cider, Clapworthy Mill, South Molton, North Devon. Tel: (01769) 572513.

Map ref 674239. On B3226, two and a half miles west of South Molton. Produces farmhouse cider available in sweet, medium and scrumpy dry in various different size containers. Available wholesale only, sold in local off licences and shops (map link) or online. www.hancockscider.co.uk. Located here: Google maps link. See: Hancock's Cider.

Tavistock

  • Countryman Cider, Felldownhead, Milton Abbott, Tavistock, PL19 0QR. Tel: (01822) 870226.

Available in dry, medium or sweet in 5 gallon, 5 litre and 2.5 litre containers or in bottle sizes of 1 litre and 75cl. Also in 1.2lt., 50cl., 25cl., and miniature earthenware jars or bottles.

Tiverton

  • Palmerhayes Cider, Palmerhayes Farm, Calverleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8BA. Tel: (01884) 254579 or 252900.

Totnes

East Cornworthy

  • Whitestone Farm Traditional Cider, Whitestone Farm, East Cornworthy, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7HF. Tel: (01803) 722532.

Map ref 845561. Coming out of East Cornworthy towards Cornworthy, start up the hill and then fork right, down into the river valley. Follow the track to the end. The only cider now made is dry Pig Squeal. This is very clean and light in flavour, perhaps too much so. My purchase was slightly 'spritzig', which was very pleasant and kept well with my usual treatment. This cider is being supplied experimentally in smaller glass bottles, as well as two-and-a-half-litre plastic containers, to try to capture some of the pub trade.

East Allington

  • Lower Grimpstonsleigh Cider, Kevin Frost, Lower Grimpstonleigh, East Allington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7QH. Tel: (01548) 521258. Email: grimpstonleigh@tiscali.co.uk

Self catering accomodation located in between Totnes and Kingsbridge whose owner also makes cider and apple juice. Ciders are made from a wide range of old traditional West-Country apple including 'Pigs Nose', 'Pendragon', 'Wellington' and 'Slack ma Girdle' grown in their own orchards. Namely the ciders are a Special Reserve called "The Grimpston Reaper" which is aged for at least a year in old oak rum barrels and a new single apple variety cider called 'Pigs Snout' (www.pigsnoutcider.co.uk). Perhaps a reason to stay would be that all guests receive a complementary bottle of Grimpstonleigh apple juice and a cider as part of the welcome pack!

Staverton

  • Ashridge Cider, Jason Mitchell, Ashridge Cider, Barkingdon Farm, Staverton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6AN. Tel/Fax: (01364) 654749 or 07919 992934.

Ashridge Cider specialise in the production of high quality sparkling ciders using the "champagne method". 9000 75cl bottles are made annually. Two ciders are currently available: Vintage and Devon Blush, the latter using an addition of blackberry liqueur to make a stunning pink appley fizz. All fruit is hand picked from South Devon orchards. We are in the process of gaining full organic certification. Ashridge regularly win awards at the main cider competitions held every year. Ashridge Cider is widely available in Devon and specialist shops further afield. Mail order via website.

Winkleigh

  • Winkleigh Cider Co, Western Barn, Hatherleigh Road, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8AP. Tel: (01837) 83560

Has shop, also does delivery. Traditional Draught & Bottled Devon Ciders and Scrumpies, generally using Sam's Cider branding. 30 years experience in cider making - trained by Sam Inch. Try some traditional cider in the shop. You can sample the different products while you browse in the cider shop, complete with its oak barreled counter.

This used to be Inch's Cider, but that name was bought by H P Bulmer in 1996. In June 1998 Bulmer announced the closure of Inch's cider making at Winkleigh, although the brands continue to be made at the Bulmer factory in Hereford. Meanwhile, in Winkleigh, nothing much has changed, with good farmhouse cider still being made from the same apples as previously. All production is now filtered, which makes it slightly bland to my mind, but very good all the same.

Situated on the Hatherleigh Road out of Winkleigh. Map ref 627080. Winkleigh is about 10 miles north north east of Okehampton off the A3124 and Western Barn is south of the road going west (surprise!) out of the village, towards Hatherlerleigh. Shop open every day except Christmas Day, 09.00 - 17.30 (13.00 Sunday).

Their cider is also available (as of March 2008) at the local shop in Exford. Sold in 1 litre plastic bottles

See also

Map of Devon with some producers shown

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