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A gentle portrait of Frank Naish, (86), possibly the world’s oldest cider maker, on his farm in Somerset, with helper Paul Chant.

Collecting apples on a frosty morning in November 2010, Frank continues a life-long devotion to the artisan way of producing cider, which he did with his brother Harold until his death in 2005. Since then, Paul has worked with Frank, allowing him to continue his passion well into old age. As Frank says, it’s hard work and plenty of fresh air that keeps him going.

Henrietta Lovell meets Julian Temperley, master cider-maker, apple brandy distiller and proprietor of the award-winning Somerset Distillery.

They discuss what makes traditional cider what it is, and discuss what is cider brandy.

View the video on the Guardian web site (opens in new window)

View on the Guardian web site

Forget the original Pimm’s that is enjoyed at all the finest sporting events across the UK.

I spotted this recipe in the Mendip Times during a recent visit to Somerset. A Mendip version of recipe created by John the Chef from Fernhill Farm.

mendip-pimms

We haven’t made it yet, but if you do please let us know what you think of it!

Class 1 Two bottles of sweet cider
1st Gaymer
2nd (joint) Alan Berry and Thatchers
Class 2 two bottles of Medium < cider
1st Glastonbury Abbey
2nd Orchards Cider and Perry
3rd Burrow Hill VHC Rosie’s Triple D
Class 3 Two Bottles Dry Cider
1st Sheppy and Son
2nd Perry’s cider
3rd Helen McDonald
Class 4 two bottles of organic cider
1st Sheppy and Son
2nd Butford Organics
3rd G Travis
Class 5 two bottles of cider
1st Perry’s cider
2nd Gaymer
3rd Olivers VHC J Mitchell
Class 6 Two bottles of cider bottle fermented
1st –
2nd –
3rd –
HC Olivers  E Whale
Class 7 two bottles of single variety cider
1st Sheppy and Son
2nd Alan Berry
3rd John Hecks
Class 8 two bottles of single variety apple juice
1st Bridge farm cider
2nd Peter Dart
3rd Woodston manor partnership
HC Patricia Thompson
Class 9 two bottles of blended apple juice
1st Woodstone manor partnership
2nd Patricia Thompson
3rd Messrs Winsor
HC Butford Organics
Class 12 One gallon dry cider
1st Rose’s Cider
2nd R Wilcox
3rd Bridge farm cider
Class 13 One gallon medium cider
1st Alan Berry
2nd Rose’s cider
3rd Country man cider
HC West milton cider company
Class 14 international two bottles of cider
1st Iberica
2nd Rosquijeau
3rd Matlock
Class 10 Two bottles of perry
1st Lizzie Hecks
2nd Gwatkin cider
3rd New Forest Cider
Trophies
Supreme champion cider
Glastonbury Abbey Reserve Rose’s cider
Arthur Davies cup (classes 5 and 7)
Perry’s cider reserve Sheppy and son
Champion farmhouse cider
Rose’s cider reserve bridge farem cider
Vigo apple juice trophy
Bridge farm cider reserve Wooodston manor partnership
ESS Perry cup
Lizzie Hecks reserve Gwatkin cider co
Westons cup – best organic
Sheppy and son reserve butford organics
Common ground special award
Dorset nectar
Industry Coopers trophy – craftsmanship within cider industry
Albert Rixen

Results are in from this year’s Royal Bath and West show.

The biggest event in the rural calendar had great weather the entire week, and also with over 300 Cider and Perry entries which was a record for this event. With the average attendance each day being over 40,000 people!

It was my first time to the Bath & West, the size of the showground and the diversity of rural and farming practices you could see demonstrated was staggering. Also the care and craftmanship that had gone into making the produce that was being judged.

This year was great for local Somerset cider producers, Heck’s who scooped multiple awards, the highest was for their bottled Perry.

The results are as follows:

Class 1 Two bottles of sweet cider

  • 1st Gaymer
  • 2nd (joint) Alan Berry and Thatchers

Class 2 two bottles of Medium cider

  • 1st Glastonbury Abbey
  • 2nd Orchards Cider and Perry
  • 3rd Burrow Hill VHC Rosie’s Triple D

Class 3 Two Bottles Dry Cider

  • 1st Sheppy and Son
  • 2nd Perry’s cider
  • 3rd Helen McDonald

Class 4 two bottles of organic cider

  • 1st Sheppy and Son
  • 2nd Butford Organics
  • 3rd G Travis
Judges tasting the high standard of cider and perry entries at the Bath & West 2010

Judges tasting the high standard of cider and perry entries at the Bath & West 2010

Class 5 two bottles of cider

  • 1st Perry’s cider
  • 2nd Gaymer
  • 3rd Olivers VHC J Mitchell

Class 6 Two bottles of cider bottle fermented

  • 1st –
  • 2nd –
  • 3rd – HC Olivers  E Whale

Class 7 two bottles of single variety cider

  • 1st Sheppy and Son
  • 2nd Alan Berry
  • 3rd John Hecks

Class 8 two bottles of single variety apple juice

  • 1st Bridge farm cider
  • 2nd Peter Dart
  • 3rd Woodston manor partnership / HC Patricia Thompson
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Cider and Perry entrants marked on the producers map at the Bath & West 2010

Class 9 two bottles of blended apple juice

  • 1st Woodstone manor partnership
  • 2nd Patricia Thompson
  • 3rd Messrs Winsor

HC Butford Organics

  • Class 12 One gallon dry cider
  • 1st Rose’s Cider
  • 2nd R Wilcox
  • 3rd Bridge farm cider

Class 13 One gallon medium cider

  • 1st Alan Berry
  • 2nd Rose’s cider
  • 3rd Country man cider / HC West milton cider company

Class 14 international two bottles of cider

  • 1st Iberica
  • 2nd Rosquijeau
  • 3rd Matlock

Class 10 Two bottles of perry

  • 1st Lizzie Hecks
  • 2nd Gwatkin cider
  • 3rd New Forest Cider

Supreme champion cider

  • Glastonbury Abbey Reserve Rose’s cider
  • Arthur Davies cup (classes 5 and 7)
  • Perry’s cider reserve Sheppy and son

Champion farmhouse cider

  • Rose’s cider reserve bridge farem cider

Vigo apple juice trophy

  • Bridge farm cider reserve Wooodston manor partnership

ESS Perry cup

  • Lizzie Hecks reserve Gwatkin cider co

Westons cup – best organic

  • Sheppy and son reserve butford organics

Common ground special award

  • Dorset nectar

Industry Coopers trophy – craftsmanship within cider industry

  • Albert Rixen

What looks like a delicious event begins on Friday the 9th of July. The first Cider festival is being held at the Ship and Castle, Congresbury, North Somerset, – they are hoping to run them every year if its a success!

There is no admission fee, the entertainment is totally free and there will be at least 15 ciders from the area throughout the 10 days.

We are hoping people will come ready for an afternoon of fun, food and cider. Why not bring a blanket or deckchair, chill out and listen to the music and drink loads of local cider! Although there is lots of decking furniture and benches.

cider-sausagesThe BBQ will be a selection of the top 20 local sausages that can be purchased on a skewer with bread and sauces. There is also a full Sunday lunch on offer too from £9 per roast!

Then on the Sunday the 11th July a jazz and sausage BBQ just before the World Cup final happens which will be showing on our 50″ TV screen in the garden (fingers crossed for good weather!!!)

Then on the 18th July – the Mangled Wurzles for the afternoon.

The pub has a huge garden and a raised decking – perfect for totally chilled afternoons in the summer sun!

More details and venue address:
The Ship and Castle
Tel: 01934 833535
The High street, Congresbury
North Somerset, BS49 5JA