Solway Cider

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Solway Cider began producing in 2005 and is now supplying ciders around the county.

About the producer

Solway Cider is produced by Garry Parsons, a keen Climber & Fellwalker, cider drinker and train driver, who moved to Cumbria in the Spring 2004 from Bristol. Garry is a devoted cider drinker and CAMRA member, he tried most of the local brews but yearned for the taste of home: CIDER!

Planned from the summer of 2004, it wasn't until the winter of 2005 that he contacted a friend, cidermaker, John, in Somerset, to ask if he could make some cider there, using his apples and equipment, and so Solway Cider was born. Don (a climbing buddy of Garry's) moved to Port Carlisle in 2005 and agreed to join forces and help with the business.

Whilst getting his business off the ground, Garry has provided ciders from other parts of the country, however, he does not blend other people's cider and call it his own, as has been suggested, although he did once blend a bottle of whisky with one of the cider barrels! Garry has now moved his cider press and other equipment up to Cumbria, and hopes soon to have all his cider pressed and fermented there, using small amount of local fruit, but mostly other cider apples.

2006 was his largest production to date and was pressed by Garry in Somerset and fermented in Somerset. He collected the cider as needed it to sell on: a total 4500 litres was made. In 2007 he only pressed 3000 litres, 2000 fermenting in Somerset and 1000 up here, due to relocating equipment and the constraints of his other full time employment. To fill the void created by the lack of his own cider, he plans to continue to do this until he can produce a larger volume of cider.

Known outlets

  • Newcastle Arms-Newcastle
  • Old Boathouse-Wylam
  • Riverside-South Shields
  • Middle Ruddings Hotel- Braithwaite
  • Eagle & Child-Staveley
  • Ship Inn-Greenodd (not seen on last visit - needs confirmation)
  • The Globe-Hensingham
  • Nellies Bar-Hull
  • Walters-Hull

Occasionally at the following: Kirkstile Inn-Loweswater, Wasdalehead Inn-Wasdale, Prince of Wales Foxfield.