Devon Cider Producers
Real Cider Producers in Devon.
Devon is very well served for traditional real cider and perry, with 33 producers listed here that we are currently aware of (December 2017). We hope to be able to provide more information about the producers listed here. If you know of any that are not listed, please let me, Lee Norton, know by emailing me ku.gro.armac.htuomylp@redic Please try to provide some contact details for me. Thank you.
Plymouth CAMRA Branch Area
Countryman Cider, Felldownhead, Milton Abbot, Tavistock PL19 0QR. Tel 01822 870226. COUNTRYMAN CIDER
Countryman are located in the 15th century stables of a former coaching inn on the Devon side of the lovely Tamar Valley. Cider is available as Dry, Medium, Sweet or Vintage in bottle, earthenware jars or tub. Visitors are always welcome; with coach parties by prior arrangement.
Countryman Medium Cider won the CAMRA National Cider Of The Year 2017 award at the National CAMRA Cider and Perry festival, held in Reading in May 2017 - well done and well deserved Vernon!
Creber’s Rock Cider, Mammoth Trees, South Brent TQ10 9JE. Tel 07589 350697. CREBER'S ROCK CIDER
You can now buy their ciders direct from the shop on a Saturday at Mammoth Trees, South Brent TQ10 9JE, which is open on Saturday 1000-1800. Go and try some samples before buying. Field Scrumpy and Normandy style cider are also available.
Symon’s Cider, Borough Farm, Holbeton, Nr Plymouth. Tel 01752 830247
Not to be confused with Symond's Cider and Perry, the large company in Herefordshire! However, we haven't heard from them for a while, so they may have stopped production for a short time.
Exeter CAMRA Branch Area
Bollhayes Cider, Bollhayes Park, Clayhidon, EX15 3PN. Tel 01404 890262
Bollhayes is made from a blend of traditional Devon cider apples and matured in oak barrels to create a mellow, seasoned cider. The cider is produced by Alex Hill, the founder of cider-making equipment manufacturer Vigo, and a long-time expert cider maker.
Brimblecombe’s Devon Farmhouse Cider, Farrant’s Farm, Dunsford, Nr Exeter EX6 7BP. Tel 01647 252783. BRIMBLECOMBES CIDER
This producer is to be found in an ancient Devon Longhouse, located between Dunsford and Longdown. It has been a site for cider production for 500 years. The current cider press is 350 years old. The cider is straw – pressed.
Chucklehead Cider, South Hayne Farm, Shillingford, nr Tiverton EX16 9BL. Tel 01234 572332. CHUCKLEHEAD CIDER
Using traditional West Country Cider apples, this is an award-winning small family business which has been making cider since 1993. They now provide a bag in box mail order service, and sell most of their cider through agricultural shows and other events.
Cokesputt Cyder, Cokesputt Farm, Payhembury, Honiton EX14 0HD. Tel 01404 841289.
No other information is known.
Courtneys, of Whimple. Address unknown
This producer recently made its' Plymouth Beer and Cider Festival debut with its “Silly Cow” cider. It operates out of one of the old Whiteways orchards. Everything is natural; they don't spray or use fertilisers. They encourage biodiversity and the birds, bees and the sheep maintain the pasture and fertilise the ground. Nature does what she does best! All of the apples are hand picked, pressed and bottled within the orchard where they are grown.
Gray’s Devon Cider, Halstow, Tedburn St. Mary, Nr Exeter EX6 6AN, Tel 01647 61236.
The Gray family has been producing their traditional still cider for more than 300 years over 15 generations. Only local and home produced apples are used. Cider is dispensed straight from the oak barrels in the large barn behind the farmhouse.
Green Valley Cyder, Dart's Farm, Clyst St. George, Nr Exeter EX3 0QH, Tel 01392 876658. GREEN VALLEY CYDER
Green Valley Cyder started in November 1989. Chris Coles and Nick Pring, former employees of Whiteway’s Cyder, were determined to continue the best traditions of Devonshire cider making. A Stowe press and equipment was set up at Darts Farm and the first cyder made was the 1989 vintage. Alongside is the largest beer and cider shop in the south west with 350 beers and 220 ciders. Winning the Off Licence News Independent Cider Retailer of the Year Award in 2014 and 2016.
Kennford Cider, Lamacraft Farm, Kennford, Nr Exeter EX6 7TS. Tel 01392 832298.
No other information is known.
Killerton Estate Cider, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3LE. Tel 01392 881912. KILLERTON CIDER
Killerton’s sparkling cider has been made using apples from five estate orchards managed directly by National Trust Rangers and volunteers. The apple varieties used are of West Country origin, including local apples such as Star of Devon, Hangy Down, the Killerton Sweet and Killerton Sharp, making it a very unique cider. It is sold in the shop.
Lyme Bay Winery, Shute, Axminster EX13 7PW. Tel 01297 551355. LYME BAY WINERY
Cider apple varieties, such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill, are used to produce a quality range of real, full-flavoured ciders. Jack Ratt Scrumpy Cider, Jack Ratt Vintage Cider and Lyme Bay Sparkling Cider have all won numerous awards.
Palmerhayes Cider, Palmerhayes Farm, Calverleigh, Nr Tiverton EX16 8BA. Tel 01884 254579 or 252900.
A small producer tucked away near Tiverton. Home to the infamous Knee Bender Cider.
Reed's Cider, Broadhayes, Sawmills, Stockland, Honiton EX14 9EL. Tel 01404 831456.
No other information is known.
Venton’s Devon Cyder, Willis Cottage, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton EX15 2NL. Tel 07811 963853. VENTON'S DEVON CYDER
Their methods of producing cider are as traditional as they get in Devon. Devon cider apples, natural yeast from the apples and orchards, a crusher, a twin screw oak press, barley straw and oak barrels are all that they use.
West Lake Cider, West Lake Farm, Chilla, Nr Beaworthy EX21 5XF. Tel 01409 221991.
An award-winning traditional and organic apple juice, vinegar and cider producer. Single varietals and blends are used to create juices, ranging from sweet to sharp. Slow fermentation methods create a complex taste.
Wiscombe Cider, Wiscombe Park, Southleigh, Colyton EX24 6RG. Tel 07976 585465.
Horses are still used here to pull the granite mill. Their most well known cider is Suicider at 8%, which often appears at cider festivals in the South West.
Yearlstone Vineyard, Bickleigh, EX16 8RL. Tel 01884 855700. YEARLSTONE VINEYARD
No other information is known.
North Devon CAMRA Branch Area
Hancock’s Devon Cider, Clapworthy Mill, South Molton, EX36 4HU. Tel 01769 572678. HANCOCK'S DEVON CIDER
Hancock's have been producing cider at Clapworthy Mill for over 50 years. They bottle their cider in a variety of different sizes from miniature bottles to 5 litre bag-in-box, and 5 gallon containers. They are no longer open to the public and now only wholesale their cider, so you would need to contact them on their website for details of the nearest stockist.
Ostler’s Cider Mill, Eastacott Lane, Northleigh Hill, Goodleigh, Barnstaple EX32 7NR. Tel 01271 321241. OSTLER'S CIDER
Ostler’s is a family run cider mill and is one of only a few traditional cider orchards left in Devon that grows and hand picks its own apples on site. Although cider vinegar is the biggest output, Ostler’s still produce enough scrumpy (dry or medium) at 6% ABV.
Winkleigh Cider, Western Barn, Hatherleigh Road, Winkleigh EX19 8AP. Tel 01837 83560. WINKLEIGH CIDER
Sam’s Cider is produced by The Winkleigh Cider Company and is based in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. Cider has been made onsite since 1916. They produce high quality Ciders and Scrumpies, all made from locally-sourced apples within a 25 mile radius of the site. They hand craft and use traditional cider making methods to create award-winning ciders that have been matured in 100 year old oak vats. They have an onsite shop and welcome visitors, please see website for more information.
South Devon CAMRA Branch Area
Ashridge Cider, Barkington Farm, Staverton, Totnes TQ9 6AN. Tel 01364 654749. ASHRIDGE CIDER
An innovative and up-market producer which sells a range of sparkling and still ciders, including one infused with elderflower. The Ashridge Sparkling Vintage Cider has been named by the Daily Telegraph as one of “50 foods to try before you die".
Farmer Jim's, Dacombe, near Newton Abbot, TQ12. Tel 07415 192091 Farmer Jim's
Farmer Jim is a third generation cider maker, using apples from their farms, and from neighbouring farms, to make traditional Devon cider.
Heron Valley Organic Drinks, Crannacombe Farm, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4DX. Tel 01548 550256. HERON VALLEY ORGANIC DRINKS
They use nearly 1.5kg of organic fruit in every 75cl bottle of apple juice, and source many of their apples from rare indigenous apple tree varieties. No concentrates, water, sugars or sulphites find their way into the juices, and Heron Valley are working closely with the Wildlife Trust to develop sustainable orchards. Different sized bottles and various bag-in-box sizes are available online.
Hunt’s Farm Cider, Higher Yalberton Farm, Paignton TQ4 7PE. Tel 01803 557694. HUNT'S FARM CIDER
Hunt’s Cider has been making cider in the Torbay area since 1805. They are still based on the family farm, and they use only the best cider apples to produce a range of still and sparkling ciders, which are supplied to pubs, shops and bars across Devon. They are able to supply bottled cider and bag-in-box cider, either delivered or bought directly from the farm.
Lower Grimpstonsleigh Cider, East Allington, Totnes TQ9 7QH. Tel 01548 521258. LOWER GRIMPSTONELEIGH CIDER
Luxury Self-Catering holiday accommodation, combined with scrumptious apple juice and home-made cider from the heart of South Devon. Varieties such as ‘Pigs Nose’, ‘Pendragon’ and ‘Wellington’ to ‘Slack ma Girdle’ are used from their own orchards. The ‘Special Reserve’, known as ‘The Grimpston Reaper’, is made from the hand pressed vintage cider and aged for at least a further year in old oak rum barrels. When finally racked off, ‘The Reaper’ takes on the appearance of Madeira and has a unique smoothness in taste. This cider is of uncompromising character to be enjoyed, and respected, in equal measure. Another cider is entitled ‘Pigs Snout’.
Luscombe Juice and Cider, Luscombe Farm, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LP. Tel 01364 643036. LUSCOMBE CIDER
Established in 1997 and located on a farm in “deepest Devon”, this producer is perhaps better known for it’s fruit drinks. However, an award-winning medium dry organic cider is produced. Their products can be found at various outlets, including the Riverford stores.
Milltop Orchards, Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot TQ12 4QH. Tel 01626 873030. MILLTOP ORCHARDS
The cider apples are blended to taste and produce a dry cider, medium-sweet cider and a sweet cider. 500ml bottles are available from the Orchard, or Office by arrangement, or from the Stokeinteignhead Village Shop. Due to licencing requirements, these are not available by mail order; you are welcome to visit and fill up your own container! We haven't heard form these in a while, so they may have stopped producing for a short period.
Reddaway's Farm Cider, Lower Rixdale Farm, Luton, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 0BN. Tel 01626 775218.
Reddaway's is a traditionally-made Devon Farmhouse Cider, made from 100% pure apple juice pressed from their own orchards. A blend of traditional apples is used and fermented in oak barrels, to create an award-winning product, sold both locally and country-wide. A traditional Dry Scrumpy (draught), Medium Farmhouse (draught) and Lightly Sparkling Medium-Dry (bottled) are available.
Thompstone's Cider, The Cider Barn, Mitchelcombe Farm, Holne, Ashburton TQ13 7SP. Tel 07812 590008. THOMPSTONE'S CIDER
The aim is to produce real Devon ciders with "Quality, Strength and Purity". The fruit is grown in the Holy Brook orchard, near Holne on South Dartmoor, and lower down in the Dart Valley. They produce a smooth 7% cider using Dabinett apples, and also a mulled cider for parties.
Whiddon Farm Cider, The Barn, Lower Whiddon Farm, Ashburton TQ13 7EY. Tel 01364 652840.
Gerald Vallance started producing cider from an original hillside orchard in 1990, using a blend of West Country cider apples. This is sold in 1 gallon and 5 gallon polypins. Gate sales are available from the farm, but phone first for an appointment. You might find this product in the Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe in the Moor. We haven't heard form these in a while, so they may have stopped producing for a short period.
Whitestone Farm Traditional Cider, Whitestone Farm, East Cornworthy, Totnes TQ9 7HF. Tel 01803 722532.
No other information is known.
Yarde Real Drinks, Yarde Farm, Stoke Gabriel TQ96RW. Tel 01803 782217. YARDE CIDER
Based in Stoke Gabriel, home to perhaps the most well known wassail in the region, this producer makes a range of ciders, juices and spirits. As well as bottles, the cider is available in 3, 10 and 20 litre boxes from the online shop.