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A pre Easter trip to Cornwall to revisit old haunts and learn about new cider offerings!

Since the last twelve months a few new names to the Cornish cider scene have appeared. As well as Healey’s getting lots of attention from Caroline Quentin’s Cornwall show on ITV, and Cornish Orchard acquired by London beer company – Fuller’s.

Here’s a list of our favourite cider producers selling commercially, you’ll find all the details on the Real Cider makers page.

Cider Maker Profile – St Ive’s Cider

We visited St Ives cider to learn about their ciders and production methods.

St Ives Cider is a family business owned by David and Kate Berwick. As a cider maker, David combines his experience in the wine industry with traditional cider techniques to produce a range of hand-crafted artisan ciders.

The current range is as follows:

  • Clodgy – unfiltered with 6.5% apple juice – 6% ABV
  • Porth Perry with 35% pear juice – unfiltered – 4.5% ABV
  • Bamaluz – Filtered Sparkling Sweet – 4.5% ABV
  • Smeatons – Filtered Sparkling – 6.5% ABV

Smeatons Sparkling, Clodgy Cloudy and Bamaluz Sweet are available year round. David also creates limited edition runs and seasonal ciders such as Montol Mulled which warmed the winter of 2012.

As the orchards at David’s, are not ready for a few years, apples are currently pressed in Herefordshire and Devon, and then blended, fermented, and bottled on-site at St Ives cider.

Each cider product is made in 10,000 litres batches, and as the juice is stored and delivered whenever David requires, they can produce year round, which means local trade, new and existing clients are not disappointed.

St Ives Cider

Photo Credit – St Ives Cider

New Cider Bar

The Stable bar at Fistral beach was opening the week we were there, sadly we did not have time to visit. However, if they are anything like the other Stable bars – get along for REAL ciders and perries, sea views of the Atlantic and yummy pizza’s.

Farm Shop Visit

Trevaskis Farm – A food lover’s paradise. Farm shop, butchery, kitchen garden, restaurant and pick your own. They also stock local ciders (including some of the above cider makers) and local ales. We will be in the autumn to pick the beautiful array of local fruit!

Somerset and cider go hand in hand – in fact no visit to the county would be complete without a trip to an orchard or cider farm.

There are over 25 cider producers in Somerset alone, many of them small family businesses. Shepton Mallet, Somerset, is home to the largest cider plant in Europe, Gaymer’s.

Many of the orchards are attractions in their own right so make a little time to explore. Get out and about down the backlanes, take in the countryside that produces the apples and meet the people behind some of the best brews!

Download the Cider Lover’s Somerset Guide published by the ‘Visit Somerset’ Tourism Board

The guide outlines all you need to plan a cider lover’s break in Somerset. Visit in May when the trees are covered in blossom, in the Autumn when the air is filled with the wonderful heady aroma of crushed apples, in January when the traditional ‘Wassailing’ ceremonies take place, or at any time through the year!