Producers in Somerset

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Bathford

  • Broadlands Cider Farm, Box Road, Bathford, Somerset, BA1 7LR. Tel: (01225) 859780.

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Opening Saturday 4th April With a range of craft ciders from Heck's and Wilkins, alongside the regulars: Black Rat, Perry, Moonshine, Cheddar Valley, Snakebite, Chille and Apple Juice: Russet, Cox and Bramley. Directions: 1 mile east of Bath on A4.Just before Box Open: Wens To Sat 9am-5pm Sun.10am-4pm. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. <-- What exactly is this? It doesn't seem to be a producer from this description.

Buckland St. Mary

  • Vickery's Cider, Tim and Dave Vickery, Hisbeer's Farm, Hare Lane, Buckland St. Mary, Somerset. Tel: (01460) 234378/234575.

As of 9 June 2008 Vickery's are not selling cider to the public. Google Map <--- Are they just not selling it to the public, or not at all?

Burnham on Sea

  • Chestnut Farm Cider, formerly Bennett's Cider, Viv Bennett, Chestnut Farm, Edithmead, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA9 4HB. Tel: (01278) 785376.

Like his father Viv Bennet has won a whole string of prizes at the Bath and West as well as at the Devon County Show. This is a working farm. Viv’s father Tom won over 150 prize cards in 15 years. Viv thinks he has now caught him up. Also have a 5-caravan CL if you are a Caravan Club member. In Oct. 2004, we found the ciders very acetic and not to our tastes (Ray). Directions: The farm is just off the M5 at Junction 22, on the B3140. Go towards Burnham, the farm is on the left after half a mile, opposite a minor road (Stoddens Lane) leading to the entrance to a large caravan/camping site. If you go over the railway bridge, you've gone too far. Grid Ref: 182/329491. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-1pm.

  • West Croft Cider, West Croft Farm, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA9 4BE. Tel: (01278) 760762/760259

John Harris has been making cider since 1992 but his grandfather made it here at the same farm with the same apples. He sells Janet’s Jungle Juice, Dry, Medium and Morgan Sweet and has won many awards. Directions: From Junction 22 on the M5, back up A38 for about half a mile, then turn left opposite the "Fox and Goose Inn". Go through Brent Knoll till you reach a bend with the Post Office. Opposite there is West Croft Farm. Grid Ref: 182/328515. Open: 10am-7pm, closed Wednesdays, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year and Sunday afternoons in winter. A large Wassail takes always place on the third Saturday after Xmas.

  • Knee Cracker Cider, Stoddens Lane, Appleyard Manor, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA8 2DF. Tel: (01278) 792898.
  • Rich's Farmhouse Cider, Mill Farm, Watchfield, Nr. Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA9 4RD. Tel: (01278) 783651.

Website: Rich's
Cider, cider vinegar, apple juice and much more. "Famous in Ciderland for over 50 years", so says their advert. Sweet and Dry Cider, blended to taste, ie medium. One of the giant oak vats called Gog holds 10,000 gallons another called Adge after Adge Cutler of the Wurzels holds 6,000 gallons, both brought down from Coates of Nailsea. Apple juice: Farm pressed. Also mature cheddar cheese, local chutney, cider mugs, clotted cream and framed prints. There is also a museum and a cidermaking video. Directions: 2 miles from M5 Junction 22. On the B3139 opposite the Watchfield Inn. Open: All year, Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Simple selection of good ciders. The actual cidery location has a small museum of interesting old equipment, but overall not a lot there. The shop has their ciders from cask, a few other interesting beverages (such as a good mead), and some gift items, but it's not a must-see. However, Rich's is a large enough producer to be found in various shops around Somerset, and their ciders are very good traditional Somerset style, so if you find them it's worth picking up a jug.

Cheddar

  • Derrick's Cider, Cheddar Valley Cheese Depot, The Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QE. Tel: (01934) 743113.

Definitely targeted at tourists... Research suggests this does not exist any more. There is legbender Cider aimed at tourists in Cheddar which is owned by Richs.

Clutton

  • Broadoak Cider Co, Clutton Hill Industrial Park, Clutton, Somerset, BS39 5QQ. Tel: (01275) 333154.

Coordinates: +51° 20' 15.17", -2° 31' 15.05"
A large regional producer with a wide variety of brands (and silly names...) including Broadoak Dry, Medium & Sweet; Moonshine, KB, Strong Dry, Rustic Gold, Black Out, Red Oak, Mega White, Pheasant Plucker, Classic Gold, Old Bristolian and a Sparkling Perry. Draught, kegged and bottled, these have won several awards. Some of Broadoak's products would appear to be aimed at 'White Cider Drinkers' and some say there are more additives then not now a days. Directions:Come off the A39 at High Littlelton. Follow signs for Clutton Hill Industrial Park. There is a building to the left of the entrance with a wide wooden door, go inside and ring the bell (looks like a light switch). Open: Sales 7am-6pm. (Only accepts cash and cheques.)

Coxbridge

  • The Orchard Pig, Andrew Quinlan and Neil Macdonald, Coxbridge House, Coxbridge, Somerset, BA6 8LG. Tel: 07957 870386. Email: sales@theorchardpig.co.uk

about.jpg Started by Andrew Quinlan and Neil Macdonald, and named after the Gloucester Old Spot pigs that brought them together, The Orchard Pig makes premium apple juices and ciders from hand-graded farm-pressed fruit and manages local orchards. We have received the highest accolades at The Bath & West Show and Gold Awards from the Great Taste Awards. Come and see us at West Bradley Orchards, West Bradley, Nr Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8LT 01458 851222. For more information and mail order please visit our website.

Frome

  • Lilleys Cider Barn, Unit 7B, Handlemaker Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 4RW. Tel: (01373) 466626

Lilley’s Cider Barn is a father and son business, run by Chris & Marc Lilley, which prides itself on the quality of its products and level of customer service. Currently producing a core range of traditional ciders and perries, these are Bee Sting Still, Apples & Pears, Crazy Goat, Pigswill and Sunset as well as the recently added flavoured ciders of Lemon & Lime, Mango and Strawberry, it is planned to supplement these with further flavours on a seasonal basis.

In addition to producing cider for their own wholesale distribution to wholesalers, pubs and breweries across the country, the company also offers an online home delivery service from www.lilleys.biz, offering next day delivery in most instances, as well as being licensed for off- sales from their premises in Frome.

Lilley’s Cider also sells and distributes an increased range of products from other cider/perry producers such as Gwynt Y Ddraig, Broadoak, Weston’s, Rich’s, Mr Whitehead’s and Gwatkins.

Lilley’s Cider prides themselves on being one of the first to run a major 100% cider festival,

with an ever changing range of over 120 ciders available to taste at Bath and Bristol Cider Festivals, both of which are visited by 1000s of people each year.

The company is now a major supplier for festivals throughout the country stocking a wide range of products, complete with tasting notes, and offering advice on request.

Glastonbury

Small producers of rum cask and single orchard ciders in Glastonbury.

  • Naish's Cider, Frank Naish, Piltown Farm, West Pennard, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8NQ.

Paul Chant, Rhybridge Farm, Midsomer Norton, Somerset, BA3 2QQ. Tel: 01761 417636. Mobile : 07940853099 Email: ChantCider@sky.com for Naishs Cider. Naish's Cider Is produced chemical free, it has 20 plus unrecorded species of apple trees, with their own unique apple,"Naish's Own" with an extreamly high sugar content and unique bouquet. Frank Naish has over 80 years of experience, from a family business which spans almost 200 hundred years. Frank and Paul blend apples to produce true traditional Dry Cider, original 120 gal. pipe barrels are used which have been in use for over 80 years. This is the last traditional wholesale cider farm left in England and Frank is now the oldest known cider maker in the world.

For trade sales it is advisable to phone Paul Chant (Chant Cider) a couple of days in advance, as Frank may not hear the phone. Naish's do not supply containers so you must bring your own.

Frank Naish has recently imported a new cider press and mill from the USA, the press is an SX200 Squezebox, this is the first one in Somerset, of a new revolutionary advanced design, with its principles based on the original rack and cloth method, unlike the now outdated European belt press, the Squeezebox produces a better quality cider, less sediment with higher liquid extraction rate, approximately 180 Gallons from 1 ton of apples.

We are now advising a cider maker in Wales, they are going to install an American built Squeezebox like ours, the Squeezebox is going to be the next genaration of cider presses, restoring long awaited, true traditional quality.

Frank and Paul were on BBC2 just after Christmas 2010 when Oz Clark and James May visited them for a taste of Cider, James was worse for wear, we had to take our Civil War sword away from him, more than once!

Ilminster

  • Ashill Cider, Clifford House, Ashhill Farm, Ashill, Ilminster, Somerset. Tel: (01823) 480513.

"Cider with a kick" is what it claims on the label. Directions: Come off the A358 Ashill bypass (Taunton - Ilminster) right into the village of Ashill. Opposite the church, you can’t miss it. Follow the signs. Grid Ref:182/322174. Open: any time. Unlike others, it's easy to find and when you get there youare greeted by a sign which says "Please sound horn for cider", so we did! Their cider comes as Dry, Medium and Sweet. CiderMike 10:52, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

  • Perry's Cider Mills, Perry Family, Dowlish Wake, Ilminster, Somerset, TAl9 ONY. Tel: (01460) 52681.

Cider farm and museum. Traditional ciders and apple juice from the farm shop.
Website: Perry's
Housed in a sixteenth century thatched barn this traditional and picturesque cider farm has been in business since 1920, although cider has always been made in the ancient barn. The apples used in cider making are from their own orchards and local farms. The ancient art of cider making is still very much alive and cider is stored in wooden barrels. Their cider has won many awards over the years and the ciders now produced are of the highest quality, with a wide choice of draught and bottled ciders. Vintage or "plain" cider: Dry, Medium and Sweet. Draught and Bottled. Cost for draught cider (Oct 05): 2xlitres £4-50; 4xlitres £6-85. Also now available Online.

Keynsham

  • Elm Farm, Burnett, Keynsham, Bristol, Somerset, BS31 2TF. Tel: (0117) 9864276.

Not open to the public without prior arrangement. Run a Cider Week in November '...during which visitors can get involved in the cider making process and learn the story of the apple.' See website for details.

Langport

  • Ermie & Gertie's, Ian Sinclair, Cider & Apple Juice, Pitney House, Pitney, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9AR. Tel: (01458) 252308.

In 2008, they increased capacity significantly to accommodate the strong demand for their ciders and had a good supply of single variety, dual variety and blended ciders available in 2009. They are not really geared up for sale to the public, but are open by arrangement if you call in advance. The Pitney Farm Shop sells their cider, their ice creams and their apple juice. Website can be found here.

  • Goverd, Keith Goverd, The Bailiff's Cottage, Compton Green Farm, Chelwqood, Nr. Pensford, Somerset, BS16 4NH. Tel: (01761) 490624.

If you are coming in to Compton Dando and see a pub called "Compton Inn" on your left ahead, turn left before the pub. Or else turn right after it. Bailiff's Cottage is on your right. I didn't go in as it was a Sunday and I hadn't phoned to check, and left the printout at home! Map to Compton Dando.

Long Sutton

Harry's Cider, Littlefield Farm, Littlefield Lane, Long Sutton, TA10 9NS. 01458 241324.

telephone: 01458 241324 mobile: 07810 576357 email: info@harryscidercompany.co.uk

Harry's cider currently produces a crafted cider that has been carefully made from apples from local orchards. I started making cider in 2005, and I have been quietly developing an easy drinking soft cider that is enjoyed by different age groups of people.

Harry's makes a cider that is as natural as possible without using preservatives or artificial sweetners. Single varieties are fermented and blended according to flavour and taste after the cider has matured for a few months in oak barrels. Harry's medium dry 'still' cider is available in 10 litre and 20 litre 'bag in box' containers.

Lympsham

  • Dobunni Farm Cider, Dobunni Farm, Wick Road, Lympsham, Somerset, BS24 0HA. Tel: (01278) 751593.

OS Sheet 182 / 320543; about 2 miles North West of Brent Knoll.
Listed in the CAMRA (not Good) Cider Guide, though the directions are very strange and take you via a very narrow, circuitous route... Their own draught cider ("Old Dobbie") is available, plus a wide range of bottled ciders and perries, mostly from diverse Somerset producers (including a lot of Gaymer's "single orchard" stuff), but also from further afield (Tom Oliver's Perries for example). Food stuffs also available in the large Farm Shop. Directions: Leave the M5 at Jcn 22 and take the A38 north towards Cheddar, Weston & Bristol. At the next junction, bear left onto the A370 towards Weston-S-Mare. After 2 or 3 miles, turn left on unclassified road towards Lympsham; follow the road through Lympsham and about 1/2 mile after leaving the village, take the left turn towards Wick, Brean & Berrow. Dobunni farm is well signed on the left on a bend, after crossing the railway bridge. Open: 10am - 5.30pm.
Personal view: we found the cider a little thin and sharp (acetic?) for our tastes, though appreciate that we visited very late in the season (Oct 06).

Martock

  • Burrow Hill Cider, Julian Temperley Pass Vale Farm, Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock, Somerset, TA12 5BU. Tel: 01460 240782.

Burrow Hill has been a cider farm for 150 years and Julian Temperley has been running it for the last 30 years. In 1984 he won the ‘triple crown’, winning cider competitions in Hereford, Devon and Somerset. The cider is pressed from 40 different varieties of cider apple and the farm owns 150 acres of orchard.
Apart from traditional farmhouse cider, Julian makes two exceptional bottle fermented sparkling ciders. The cider is matured on its yeast for a year and then disgorged by freezing the ends of the bottles. This so called ‘Champagne Method’ was pioneered in Hereford in 1632 by Lord Scudamore before the Civil War and had reached Montacute House in Somerset by 1664, long before the French even claim to have invented the method… Old cider house, huge vats, barrels, farm animals.
Single Variety Bottle Fermented Sparkling Cider: Kingston Black and Stoke Red. Dry and Medium Farmhouse Ciders & Cider Vinegar, Apple Juice: Russet, Cox and Bramley.
Also home to the Somerset Distillery Julian was the first person in the UK to be granted a licence to distill his cider. Cider brandy distilled from Somerset apples and matured for up to 10 years in small oak barrels. Farm shop open from Mon-Sat 8.30- 5.30.

Very good cider, in the characteristic southern West Country style from classic bittersweet/bittersharp apples (tending away from the sharp overall). There's cider from casks (better), or cider in bottles which I believe is pasteurized (keeps well and travels). Then there's the bottle-conditioned ciders, of single varietals Kingston Black and Stoke Red, which you really should consider in the category of a good champagne. And then there's the cider brandy, which is as serious as a cognac or armagnac (only better, since it's made from apples rather than grapes). Oh, yes, and there's plenty to learn as well as to drink! Google Map.

Midford

  • Honey's Midford Cider, "We are a father and daughter team who proudly make a scrumptious full bodied craft cider using classic Somerset apple varieties and traditional techniques." Available from pubs/shops in the region (see here: [1])

See web site for contact and further details: [2]

Pilton

  • Pilton Cider, Pilton, Nr. Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Tel: (01749) 830205. Email: hello@piltoncider.com

Martin Berkeley owns and runs this outfit which makes cider by the old English process of keeving that is still used by artisan French cider-makers. Pilton cider is soft in taste, rich in colour and naturally sweet with unfermented apple sugars. Website here.

Rooksbridge

  • MillWhites Cider, Orchard Barns, Rooksbridge, Somerset, BS26 2TG. Tel: (01749) 860846. Email: sales@millwhites.co.uk

Appears to be a new business selling a range of real ciders, both bottled and draught via mail order and farmers markets in London. Has a range of mixed and single varietal ciders. Their website is here.

Street

Not far from Glastonbury, well signposted with brown tourist 'Cider Farm' signs. Chris & Andrew Hecks. Somerset cider, including single variety ciders, perry & 12 varieties of apple juice. The Hecks family has been making cider for six generations, since 1840. The award winning farmhouse cider is fermented in wooden barrels and sold draught from the wood. Currently appear to be starting to specialise in draught Single Variety ciders - in response to current trend / market forces? They have specialised in bottling Single Variety Cider and Perry. Apple Juice: Torside Apple Juice - at least a dozen different varieties. Their shop sells fruit and veg, local cheddar cheese, cider mugs and cider jars. Directions: In the middle of Street follow signs from High St or Somerton Road. Open: 9am-6pm each weekday. Sat 9am-5.30 pm, Sun 10am-12.30pm. Group tours welcome. Coaches welcome by appointment.

Interesting variety of ciders, a few from cask, more in bottle, also perry. They also have a farm shop with produce for sale. Stop in, buy the veggies for dinner and get some cider to go with. I've generally liked their ciders, more the dry end. You may get a chance to chat a bit with the cidermakers, although they're rather reserved.
Curiously, we've found the opposite - maybe depends which brother you get or how busy they are?

Watch out for the old man (Dad?) who seems to know very little about the operation and is less than helpful. - I find this a very strange comment both father, John, and mother are still very much present in the shop and both a very worth talking to with a lifetime of cider experience. The brothers Chris and Andrew are both very willing to talk when not busy - though perhaps Andrew is slightly more generous with the tastings! Website: Hecks

Shepton Mallet

  • Fosseway Cider, P.O. Box 4426, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 9BN. Tel: (01749) 600400.

Makers of both "Fosseway Cider" and "Somerset Glory" who are situated on the A37 Fosseway Roman Road in Somerset our cider is available in local pubs (e.g. The Travellers Rest, Nr. East Pennard and The Bell, Evercreech) and delicatessens (e.g. Oates & Musson, Castle Cary).

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  • Worley's Cider, No 55 Dean, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4SA. Tel: (01749) 880763. Email: ask@worleyscider.co.uk

Owned and operated by Neil Worley, Worley's Cider makes traditional whole-juice Somerset Ciders from locally sourced cider apples using natural-yeast fermentations and traditional techniques such as keeving and cold racking. What started as a hobby took on new life when they won a First Prize at Royal Bath & West of England Show. They now supply several pubs and farm shops in the local area. Website can be found here.

Directions: Dean is a hamlet on the A361 between Shepton Mallet and Frome, near the village of Cranmore. Call first to ensure there is somebody home.

  • Pennard Cider, formerly Avalon Vineyard, Hugh Tripp, Avalon Vineyard, The Drove, East Pennard, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6UA. Tel: (01749) 860393.

Formerly Avalon , but they were stopped from using the name as it is registered by one of the large commercial manufacturers in the area. Pennard's organic cider is made on an old elm press, the pomace being pressed through oat straw. Organic Cider is available bottled or draught. Hugh also produces organic white wine and a wide range of fruit wines, as well as mead. Directions: Come off the A37 at foot of Wraxall Hill. Go west for a mile and a half. Follow signs. Grid Ref: 182/588374. Open: 10am-6pm. Easter to Xmas. Bring a picnic, see the orchard. Website can be found here.

South Petherton

  • Honey Pot Farm, Winton Cottage, 80 West Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5DJ. Tel: (01460) 242539.

Julie & Aran Comben have been producing cider from Somerset apples since 2004.

Taunton

  • Tricky Cider Company, The Tricky Cider Co Limited, The Stables, Lower Willand Farm, Churchstanton, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7RL.

Formed in 2004 by Steve Watkins and Alistair Brice. Tricky Cider, originally made at Tricky Warren Farm, produces traditional farmhouse cider in the Blackdown Hills on the Somerset, Devon border. Website: http://trickycider.com/

  • Sheppy's Cider, Three Bridges, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1ER. Tel: (01823) 461233.

Rural life museum and cider farm centre, guided tours of the 42 acre orchards.You can visit the cellars and modern press room. The Sheppy family runs a traditional cider farm, with over 200 years of cider making experience, producing a wide range of high quality draught and bottled ciders. Many of Sheppy’s ciders have been winners of prestigious awards over the years, and their range includes Gold Medal Vintage, Goldfinch and Bullfinch, Oakwood Special and their Single Variety Ciders - Kingston Black, Dabinett, Taylor's Gold, and Tremlett’s Bitter. Forty-seven acres of bush and traditional orchards are available for the public to walk in, including areas for picnics and a children’s playground. Visitors can enjoy an excellent rural life museum and video of the cider maker's year. A public viewing gallery overlooks the cider press. Samples can be tasted in the farm shop where cider and local produce can be bought. Licensed tea rooms June-Sept. All buildings suitable for disabled. Directions: The cider farm is situated on the south side of the A38 midway between Taunton and Wellington. Use M5 junctions 26 or 27. Open: All year round. Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm, Sun (Easter to Christmas) 12 noon-2pm.

  • Henry's Farmhouse Scrumpy, Harold Pring, Tanpits Cider Farm, Dyers Lane, Bathpool, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8BZ. Tel: (01823) 270663.

Cider making was started here in 1912 by Harold’s grandfather. The yard is filled with old cider making equipment and other farm machinery. The Farmhouse Cider is naturally fermented and served from oak barrels. With forty acres of cider orchard this is a very pleasant camping site. Just at the bottom of the lane is the idyllic Taunton Canal. The new Tacchi Morris Arts Centre is just up the road. Directions: Off the M5 at Junction 25. Then follow the A38 north for a mile or two and turn left. Follow the brown caravanning and camping signs. Open: Mon-Sat 8.30-6pm. Free range eggs and potatoes. Local honey from the orchards is also available.

  • Parsons's Choice Cider, Jeanette and Phil Dolding, Parsonage Farm, West Lyng, Taunton, Somerset. Tel: (01823) 490978.

Parson's Choice is a traditional Somerset Farmhouse Cider made on the Somerset Levels with pure cider apple juice from their own orchards. There is also a small farm shop which sells Apple Juice, jams, chutneys, tankards and gift baskets. Oak barrels, plants in season. Compost & veg. Directions: Parsonage Farm is situated between East and West Lyng on the A361 between Taunton and Street. Grid Ref: 193/323284. Open: 9am-6pm Mon-Sun all year.

Watchet

Definitely targeted at tourists... Cider on tap or bottled: Farmhouse, Medium, Dry and Sweet, Sheep Stagger & Tornado. Not just cider, but Gloucester Old Spot Pigs and pygmy goats. Large shop selling truckles of Cheddar cheese & Somerset Camembert, country wines, Exmoor honey, jams, pickles, jellies and mustard Apple juice a blend of Cox, Bramley and Russet. Directions: Follow the brown signs from the A39 at Washford. Go past Cleeve Abbey, then take the Wiveliscombe road past the White Horse Inn. Open: Daily March to October 9am-6pm, Nov-Feb 10am-4pm.

Wedmore

Roger's grandfather started the cider business in 1917, Roger took over when his grandfather died in 1969 and has been running it ever since. A rare insight into Somerset's ciderhouse culture. There are chairs and newpapers to pass the time of day; horse and dog racing are particularly popular subjects for discussion... The free taster is always half a pint and you will be encouraged to have more; good clean cider. Roger also sells cheddar (the rind-on trad. cheddar is recommended) and stilton cheeses as well as vegetables, chutneys and pickles, and eggs. Don't expect a quick visit, so allow yourself time... This is the real Somerset, none of your concentrate and bottles down here… just Dry and Sweet Farmhouse Cider, which will be blended to suit your tastes, in glass or container. "Dry with a splash" is particularly good and goes really well with Roger's cheddar. Directions: Mudgeley is just off the B3151 two miles south-east of Wedmore. Follow signs to Wilkins Cider down a dead end lane, farm is on righthand side . Grid Ref: 182/453457. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-1pm,

This is a bit of a navigation challenge, but worth the drive. Wilkins himself is a character, well worth talking to. He'll be sure you try the cider, and not a skimpy bit either. The dry that was on when we were there was a bit disappointing (slightly sharp) but OK...YMMV; check it out. (He might have been at the end of his 04's) In any case, good character to it, also an enjoyable visit.

Cracking place to visit - well worth making the effort to find it. Roger's cider will now be an "occasional treat" in the Abbey Stores draught range. Google map

Buses: Mon - Sat to Mudgeley Cross (1.5 miles) timetable, Fridays to Mudgeley timetable

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Wells

  • Wattles, Wattles, Easton, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1AT. Tel: 07973 613050. Email: shop@wattles.co.uk

Wattles was established in 2000 by Helen and Paul Reynolds: its cider is crafted in 1000 litre batches using fresh, hand picked, unsprayed fruit with minimal intervention: just washed, milled, macerated, pressed. Some of the cider-apple juice is then bottled: the rest fermented, then matured. A carefully selected range of their own Wattles cider apples - 90% Kingston Black with 10% other bitter-sweet apples – are used. Currently, they have a medium dry cider called 'Kingston'. Over the coming years their goal is to produce a range of single orchard juices and ciders that reflect the microclimates and range of apples of each of their five orchards.

Wattles can be found on the A371 Wells to Cheddar road at the top of Easton Hill. Cider and Cider Apple Juice based primarily on new plantings of Kingston Black.

Weston Super Mare

Good clean traditional farmhouse cider served from oak barrels and available as Dry, Medium and Sweet. Working farm with farm shop serving free range eggs, vegetables, potatoes, etc. Currently (Oct 06) have a medium-dry "Home Orchard Special" on sale at 7%ABV - very nice too. Eggs were also very nice and fresh! Directions: Leave the M5 at Junction 21, then take the A370 towards Bristol. Mayfield Farm is on the right on a bend after about one mile. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-1pm. Ben Crossman's ciders are available from Mail Order Cider - CiderPunk.com.

Winscombe

  • Thatchers Cider, Myrtle Farm, Sandford, Winscombe, Somerset, B525 SRA. Tel: (01934) 822862.

The Thatcher family has been associated with cider for almost 100 years. Much of the processing is still managed traditionally. Cider is allowed to mature in oak vats ensuring the full flavour of the apple is captured. Today, the production facilities at Thatchers are some of the most advanced in the cider industry, producing modern innovative ciders which are sold through mail order, retailers (ie Wetherspoons) and the farm shop. Directions: Exit J21 of M5.Sandford is on the A368. Open: 8.30am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm Sunday.

Wrington

Bottled organic cider and juice made from apples grown and pressed from the gardens available from the onsite cafe and shop. The cider press was recently taken on by the Walled Garden Cafe and the 2009 cider will be pressed at the end of September and matured over the winter ready for sale in Spring 2009. The new cider batch will be available next year, but until then, why not try the sweet Barley Wood Apple Juice which is pressed and bottled throughout August, September and October. Contact Benn: walledgarden.cider@googlemail.com

Yeovil

  • BFC.png Bridge Farm Cider, Nigel Stewart, Bridge Farm, East Chinnock, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9EA. Tel: (01935) 862387.

Available from the farm throughout the year and at local farmers' markets, food fares and other local shows.

Bridge Farm have been making award winning cider for more than 20 years, the farm sits on the edge of East Chinnock in south Somerset. The cider is made using traditional rack and cloth methods with a hydraulic press from the 1900’s. All the fruit is harvested from our own orchards and a selection of orchards all within a 20 mile radius.

Bridge Farm offers a range of cider and juice. The cider is available as a traditional dry, medium or sweet also a single variety and pear cider. The single varieties are made with hand selected fruit and include Kingston Black and Porters Perfection. All the apple juices are subject to the same stringent quality standards which has kept Bridge Farm winning prizes year on year at county shows and cider festivals throughout the South West.

The cider is available from the farm’s shop as traditional dry medium and sweet direct from the barrel into customer’s jars or our own 2lt and 4lt litre containers. The cider is also available in 75cl and 1lt glass bottles. We also bottle a small range of single variety cider (Kingston Black, Porters Perfection and Dabinett) and a meaty vintage.

We have recently started using “bag in the box” containers for still traditional cider and pear cider. We also produce a large range of apple and pear juice from a crisp Browns apple to the ubiquitous Cox and Bramley and a sweet Egremont Russet. We now have our own, Cider brandy distilled for us by The Somerset Cider Brandy Company.

Directions: On the north side of the A30 west of East Chinnock. Look out for an orchard as you leave the village. Google Map

Open: All year round 7 days a week 9.30am-6.30pm, but some winter Sundays we might just be in the pub, phone first.


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