Herefordshire CAMRA

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CAMRA is not just for beer-drinkers!

Almost from its inception, CAMRA has taken a keen and active interest in Britain's other traditional long alcoholic drink: cider. And if you want to try the real thing - the sort that's made from pure apple juice and not artificially gassed up - where better to enjoy these delights of the orchard than in the county with such rich tradition?

Cider pressing the old way

Cider was originally produced by farmers to be drunk by the farm labour force during the following year, especially the busy times of hay-making and harvest. However, the demand grew and cider came to be sold to local pubs and cider merchants for re-sale in towns.

For 350 years cider Herefordshire has been the major player in cider-making in Britain, with many notable Herefordians playing their part in the development of the industry. Today, the cider makers range from the multinationally-owned Bulmers to the smallest farm-based operation and Herefordshire ciders and perries continue to set the standards for the industry with many cider-makers attaining many awards. See below for a list of the county's cider-makers.

Mobile cider press

CAMRA and the Cider Drinker

The CAMRA Good Cider Guide (5th edition published October 2005) is an essential handbook containing an unrivalled listing of the nation's cider and perry producers, right down to the tiniest, and the best places to buy what they make. It also includes articles by noted cider-makers and other experts to add to your enjoyment of the miller’s art.

CAMRA campaigns for cider

CAMRA has a specialist cider and perry committee through which actively promotes the interests of everybody who enjoys good cider and perry. Its objectives and achievements can be seen by on the cider and perry pages of the National CAMRA Website.

Pomona Award 2007

CAMRA and the Cider Drinker

CAMRA presents The Pomona Award annually to an individual or organisation making a major contribution to the cider and perry industry. This award has come to Herefordshire several times in recent years, notably to Dunkertons Cider in 2005; The Big Apple in 2007; Mike Johnson of the Ross-on-Wye Cider company in 2009 and Tom Oliver in 2013.

Try visiting the Big Apple, when the parishes of the Marcle Ridge celebrate their heritage of apples and pears, cider and perry, or the perhaps the Cider Museum in Hereford which is open all year.

Beer on the Wye

CAMRA sells great cider

Virtually every CAMRA Beer Festival these days sells a range of tasty traditional ciders. Our own Beer on the Wye features cider or perry from most of the cider-maker in the county plus selected makers from adjacent counties, totalling over 120 different in 2015.

What is Pear Cider?

There's really no such thing – it's just a stupid name invented for perry by marketing whiz-kids. It will only normally be found applied to pasteurised and fizzy bottled perry. If you want the real thing watch out for perry under its old – and correct – name.

HEREFORDSHIRE CIDER AND PERRY PUBS
Beer in Hand, 136 Eign Street, Hereford.10 Olivers Showdown, Abrahalls Fruit, Henneys Medium plus guests typically from Olivers, Gwynt-y-Ddraig, Skyborry and Apple County
Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley. 5 Gwatkins Pider, Silly Ewe, Yarlington Mill, Norman, Kingston Black
Farmers Arms, Wellington Heath. 8 Butford Organic Draught Cider; Gwatkins No Bull; Newton Court Gasping Goose, First Press; Olivers Draught Cider; Westons Wyld Wood, Old Rosie, Family Reserve; and Wilces Dry Cider
Green Dragon, Bishops Frome.10Abrahalls Lily The Pink; Bartestree (2); Chalkies Mango; Westons Rosie’s Pig, Perry, Flavoured Old Rosie; 3 changing guest ciders)
House of Cider, Buttermarket, Hereford. 6 Gwatkin
Kings Fee, 49-53 Commercial Road, Hereford.6 Always at least two from Westons; others typically come from Gwynt-y-Ddraig, Thistly Cross, Thatchers)
The Monk, Monkland6Mainly local, including Newton Court
Victory, 88 St Owen Street, Hereford.4All from Gwatkins
Wellington, 57 Widemarsh Street, Hereford. 6Typically from Abrahalls, Newton Court and Once Upon A Tree
Bell, Tillingtonmake and sell their own cider - Eight Mates Cider Co.
Crown, Woolhopemake and sell their own cider - Kings Cider Co.
Yew Tree, Peterstowmake and sell their own cider - Ross Cider & Perry Co.
HEREFORDSHIRE CIDER AND PERRY MAKERS
ArtistrawBryntirion, Clifford, Hereford HR3 5EZ(01497) 831366
BartestreeLedbury Road, Bartestree, Hereford HR1 4BY07971 005367Cider and perry – draught, bottled or canned.
Butford FarmButford Farm, Bowley Lane, Bodenham, Hereford HR1 3LG07807 333950Draught cider and perry, bottled still and bottle-fermented cider. Tours and woodland walk by arrangement; shop open Fri-Sun & bank holidays 10am-5pm, or by arrangement. Closed Jan-Mar.
Celtic MarchesWyer Croft, Bishop's Frome, Worcester WR6 5BS(01885) 489812Cider and Perry - kegs, bag-in-box and bottles available
Colcombe HouseThe Cider Warehouse, Whitehall Hall Commercial, Hampton Bishop, Hereford HR1 4FL(01432) 873100
Fair OakHereford HR2 0AT(01981) 241210Licensed to sell cider on the premises by appointment.
Greggs PitMuch Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2NL(01531) 660687Draught cider and perry, wholesale only. Open to the public for tasting and orchard tours/walks 10.30-18.00 at weekends May-October by appointment.
GwatkinMoorhampton Park Farm, Abbey Dore, Hereford HR2 0AL(01981) 551906Draught and bottled cider and perry. Farm shop 10am-6pm daily.
Hancocks Meadow FarmBallingham, Hereford HR2 6NN
HenneyThe Old Barns, Bishop's Frome, Worcester WR6 5BYWholesale only.
Hollow AshHollow Ash, Broad Oak, Hereford HR2 8QZ(01600) 750465
innocent pilgrimHillside Farm, Leominster HR6 0JA07500 557010
Little Cider PressColdmoor Cottage Putley Near, Ledbury HR8 2RD(01531) 670713Draught cider and perry, wholesale only.
Little PomonaBrook House Farm, Avenbury Ln, Bromyard HR7 4LB07811 913971
Lyne DownThe Cider Barn, Lyne Down, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2NT07756 108501Sales only by telephone or mail-order, using online form.
MayfayreUpper Dormington, Hereford, HR1 4EF07870 274288
Newton CourtNewton, Leominster HR6 0PF07971 886138Draught and bottled cider, and perry including naturally-sparkling/bottle-fermented. Shop open all year, daily 8am-6pm (Sundays 10am-1pm.)
OliversMoor House Farm, Hereford HR1 3QZ07768 732026Draught and bottled cider and perry. Shop Sat 10am-4pm, other times by arrangement only.
Once upon a TreeLittle Marcle Rd, Ledbury HR8, UK(01531) 637119Draught Cider, bottled cider and perry. Free tastings. Shop open Weds-Sun 10am-3pm.
OrgasmicGreat Parton, Hereford HR3 6NX(01544) 327244Draught and bottled cider and perry, shop open Sat 11am-5pm April-December, ring other times for appointment.
PipsMill Cottage, Dorstone, Hereford HR3 6BN(01981) 550484
Ross-on-WyeYew Tree, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JZ(01989) 562815Also known as Broome Farm Cider. Draught, kegged and bottled cider and perry. Cider Shop at The Yew Tree Peterstow open daily 12 noon to 6pm. Pre-booked Tour & Tutored Tastings available. Walk the orchards and meet the Alpacas.
RuxtonKings Caple, Hereford HR1 4TX(01432) 840436
Seb's2 Llanstephan Cottages, Brockhampton, Hereford HR1 4TJ