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Cider season

Take your pick of the crop from these local cider producers… made from locally-grown, heritage cider apples and using traditional cider-making methods, these ciders showcase centuries of cider-making expertise from the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire

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Pearson’s Cider Co

When former accountant Mike Pearson indulged in a lifelong dream of producing cider, little did he know how popular his ciders would become. These clear, lightly sparkling ciders are made using only natural ingredients, from a range of bitter sweet and bitter sharp cider apples grown in orchards locally.

Try: Pearson’s Medium Cider which won Cotswold Life’s Food & Drink Award’s Best Beer, Ale, or Cider category for the third time in a row this year!
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Wilces Cider

Heralding from the heart of cider country in Ledbury, the Wilce family has been making cider for six generations. The ciders are expertly blended from a choice of over 34 cider apples, making each batch unique and distinctive. Nothing is added apart from a little sugar for the sweeter blends and there are no added sulphites, yeast, water or chemicals.

Try: the delicately carbonated Dry Cider for a refreshing palate cleanse

Hogans Cider

Allen Hogan is on a mission to introduce folk to properly made cider with his award-winning products. As well as classic blends, he has created exciting new flavours for today’s market, all of course, still made properly! Made from 100% cider apples which are grown locally, these ciders contain nothing that doesn’t need to be there!

Try: the earthy, peaty Dry Cider which has a natural smokiness, reminiscent of the cider’s rural surroundings

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Henneys Cider

Mike Henney started making cider as a hobby in 1996, fermenting just five gallons in his airing cupboard. Now that figure has risen to 200,000 gallons and the days of the airing cupboard are long gone. All the ciders are made using natural ingredients and are fermented naturally. They also all carry the Herefordshire PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) Status, meaning that they are genuine craft products made from locally-grown apples.

Try: the best-selling Dry Cider, with its sweet appley aroma and bittersweet spicy bite

Severn Cider

The Bull family has been producing cider in Awre in Gloucestershire for three generations using fruit from unsprayed, unfertilised, local orchards. As well as producing great tasting cider, apple varieties are chosen that help to conserve the county’s orchards and wildlife that thrive there.

Try: the Medium Sweet Sparkling Cider which is perfect on its own or over ice. Try splashing over vegetables with a little oil before roasting

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Dunkertons Organic Cider

Dunkertons cider-making history goes back to 1980 when Ivor and Susie Dunkerton decide to swap London life for a small holding in Herefordshire. In 2014, the cidery passed to Julian Dunkerton and business partner, Bean, and has become a must-go-to destination with a range of multi award-winning ciders and perries.

Try: with over six awards under its belt, Dunkertons Black Fox is a crowd-pleasing blend of 14 cider apples to give a deliciously rounded cider

Alex James Britpop

As the former bass guitarist of Brit-pop band Blur, it seems fitting that Alex James has now launched a sparkling cider, aptly named Britpop! Alex launched the cider in collaboration with Weston’s Cider at the hugely popular Big Feastival event at his farm in Oxfordshire where it quickly became the festival’s best-selling drink.

Try: this oak-conditioned, fresh juice cider is lightly carbonated, producing a refreshing medium dry cider

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Oldfields Cider

When ‘The Independent’ crowns you as one of ‘the top 10 British ciders’, you know you’re onto something special. This prestigious recognition came in 2017, just four years after the first pint of Oldfields Cider was produced, and 16 years after the Thompson family planted their first cider apple orchards in the Teme Valley, Worcestershire.

Try: the award-winning, delicately carbonated Original Cider is a blend of Dabinett, Harry Masters Jersey and Yarlington Mill cider apples, available in bottle and on draught

Once Upon a Tree Cider

It is the exciting idea of blending English wine grapes with cider apples that makes these drinks something special, and it’s all thanks to the wine-making knowledge of founder, Simon Day. Such innovations has led to heavy weight awards including BBC Radio 4’s Food & Farming Drinks Producer of the Year, Overall Champion Trophy at the International Cider & Perry Competition.

Try: the Blenheim Superb Ice Cider is an alternative to dessert wine and picked up Supreme Champion at the Three Counties Show in 2018

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