Kent Cider

The following list of Cider Producers in Kent is compiled by the Kent CAMRA Cider Representative Linda Thompson.  If you have any updates or amendments please contact Linda by telephone or email. T: 01795 530104 Email: linda_a_thompson@yahoo.co.uk


Badgers Hill Farm (Pippin Cider) New Cut Road, Chilham, Canterbury CT4 8BW                  01227 730573 Dry, Medium and Sweet. Open 6 days per week for sales. Very pricey as they don’t do wholesale.


Beardspoon Beer and Cider Works 14 Butt Field Road, Singleton, Ashford, TN23 5EF Steven Town                                                      Tweet: @sjtown www.beardspoon.com sjtown@yahoo.com Ciderfect cider. Highly commended at Brogdale Cider Fest 2012.


Biddenden Cider Biddenden Vineyards, Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8DF Julian Barnes                                                              01580 291726 www.biddendenvineyards.com info@biddendenvineyards.co.uk Dry, Medium and Sweet (Bushels) plus speciality bottled ciders.


Big Tree Cider The Knoll, Church Road, Hartley, Longfield DA3 8DT Ray Claridge                                       01474 705221 / 07973 677123 www.bigtreecider.co.uk ray@bigtreecider.co.uk Several varieties, including fruit, herb and spiced. Check their website for up to date details.


Broomfield Orchard Broomfield Road, Herne Bay CT6 7BA Robert Riley                                                        01227 362279 www.broomfieldorchard.co.uk broomfieldorchard@talktalk.net Dry, Medium and Sweet.


Castle Cider Company (Chiddingstone Cider) Larkins Farm, Hampkins Hill Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge TN8 7BB Heidi and Tim Davies                                                   01732 455977 Bone-Dry, Dry, Medium, Sweet and all in between. Small producer that sell most their cider locally and at farmers markets. Can be sourced via Middle Farm, Lewes, or Merrylegs. Seem to supply small quantities all year round in the Halfway House, Brenchley, and it may be in another pub or two in the area.


Chafford Cider Chafford Rise, Chafford Lane, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0SH Chris Ballanden 01892 740437 ballenden@supanet.com Very small producer. Has been known to have a 12% cider available.


Core Fruit Products Ltd Upper Mystole Park Farm, Pennypot Lane, Mystole, Canterbury CT4 7BT John Brown                                 01227 730589 / 07885 800826 www.corejuice.co.uk info@corejuice.co.uk Hardcore (Medium-Dry). Strawberry (usually Sweet, maybe pasteurised).


Double Vision Cider Marlpit Farm, Wierton Road, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone ME17 4JW Simon Boarer 01622 746633 Dry and Medium-Sweet cider. Also Perry (real). Strawberry cider was known to contain strawberry essence in 2012. Elderflower perry was available in 2012 (source of elderflowers unknown). May also produce single variety ciders in bottles – Cox, Gala, Katy.


Dudda’s Tun Cider Pine Trees Farm, Doddington, Sittingbourne ME9 0AX Robert (and Kevin) Payne                             01795 886266 www.duddastuncider.com info@duddastuncider.com Dry, Medium, Sweet, Spiced and Perry. Their Perry was runner-up in the Kent round of the CAMRA National Cider & Perry Championships 2014 and was a finalist in the National round.


East Stour Cider Co The Garage, Hanover Mill, The Forstal, Church Road, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NU Dan Baldwin 07880 923398 danbaldwin@tiscali.co.uk Dry, Medium, Sweet and Perry. Established Autumn 2008.


Gibbet Oak Cider Gibbet Oak Farm, Appledore Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7DH 01580 763938 www.gibbetoak.co.uk cider@gibbetoak.co.uk

Gibbet Oak Farmshop is based on an established family run fruit farm just 2 miles outside of Tenterden. It started from humble beginnings 10 years ago with an honesty box stall on the road, today it is a lively hive of products produced on the farm, supported by local produce, all based in the old farm buildings just set back off the road. The farmshop is open from Mon to Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.


Green Oak Farm Works The Cider Works, Sandwich Road, Waldershare, Dover CT15 5AU Andrew and Amanda Wedl                                            01304 821630 www.greenoakfarm.co.uk/ greenoakfarm@live.co.uk In 2008 the Wedls purchased a small-holding in Eastry and planted some apple trees which is now a 2000 tree orchard. Using apples from Green Oak Farm, for the first time, they are selling their own cider in 2012. There is a pub, shop, restaurant, cafe, guest house and cider-processing combo, on the site of the former High and Dry Pub in Waldershare.


Hop Fuzz Brewery Unit 8, Riverside Ind. Est., West Hythe, Hythe, Kent CT21 4NB. Daryl and Martyn (& Jack the Dog)                                01303 230304 http://www.hopfuzz.co.uk info@hopfuzz.co.uk Their first batch of spiced cider was available in March / April 2013. MAY NOT PRODUCING CIDER ANY LONGER.


Hush Heath Winery Five Oak Lane, Junction of Snoad Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0HJ. Contact (Sales) Rupert Taylor                                                01622 832794 www.hushheath.com info@hushheath.com Owen Elias and Victoria Ash are winemakers who also make cider. The ciders are made using winemaking techniques from the classic dessert and culinary varieties, Bramley, Egremont Russet and Cox grown on the estate. But they are crushed and pressed by Biddenden and the juice returned to have wine yeast added to make the cider at Hush Heath. The still cider (5.5%) comes in 75cl bottles and costs £6 a bottle (£5 if you buy six) in 2013. There are also 3 flavoured varieties – Elderflower, Nettle and Strawberry/Blackcurrant (source unknown – could be essence). They also make sparkling, bottle-fermented, champagne method ciders. This sparkling cider (7.5%) is sold in a traditional Champagne bottle sealed with Cork and wire at £13.50 for 75cl in 2013.


Johnson’s Farmhouse Cider Cowstead Farm, Lower Road, Queenborough Road, Minster on Sea, Sheerness, ME12 3RL Paul Johnson 01795 665203 Dry Cider (Gobbledegook / Marsh Monkey). Also single variety ciders (Dabinett, Harry Masters Jersey, Red Streak, Yarlington Mill). Perry sometimes available. Small quantities of cider from his own orchard were available for the first time in 2008.


Kent Cider Company 54 St. Peters Street, Canterbury CT1 2BE Marcus Henderson                               01795 521317 / 07738 573818 http://kentcider.co.uk info@kentcider.co.uk kentcidercompany@gmail.com Produces a number of single varieties plus 4 or 5 blends, a selection is matured in oak. Plus Perry. Has a bar for events. Bittersweets: a blend of 12 west-country varieties, a traditional cider. Bramley: has lovely tannins. Bramley/Egremont russet: deep rounded, elegant. Tydeman: early a light fruity lunch time drink. Spiced cider. Their Perry was the winner in the Kent round of the CAMRA National Cider & Perry Championships 2014 and came 2nd Nationally, a fantastic achievement.


Kentish Pip Cider Woolton Farm, Bekesbourne, Canterbury CT4 5EA Mark Mount/Carl Alexandre                   01227 830525 / 07710 253690 www.kentishpip.co.uk sales@kentishpip.co.uk Medium-Dry and a bottle-conditioned.


Kingswood Cider Company (Brain Biter Cider) Kingswood Farm, Kingston, Canterbury CT4 6JP Kevin Newing                                                              01227 709387 newingkevin@yahoo.com Established April 2012. Brain Biter was the winner of the South of England Regional round of the CAMRA National Cider & Perry Championships 2013 and was a finalist in the National round.


Little Stour Orchard Church Lane, West Stourmouth, Canterbury CT3 1HU (but write to: Uprising, Shottendane Road, Margate, CT9 4NE) Sarah & Michael (Micky) Bowers            07771 711252 www.littlestourorchard.co.uk info@littlestourorchard.co.uk sarah@littlestourorchard.co.uk Established in 2011, their first cider, 10 acre orchard cider, was available in 2012. It is a blend of Cox, Discovery and Bramley apples grown on the 10 acre apple orchard. They also produce Apple juice.


Longtail Cider Higham, nr Rochester, Kent Mark Warnett                                     markwwarnett@yahoo.co.uk Higham Dry Cider, Barrel Matured Cider and Perry Made by 3 local farmers who started producing in 2009 but their first real volume was in 2011 with a cider called ‘Higham Dry’. It is approx 6%, made from 3/4 cooking and dessert apples (grown on their farms) and 1/4 bittersweets. The cider is dry but not sharp, easy drinking with a subtle astringent after taste giving depth of flavour. They have been selling it to London bars, and had a very successful day with it at their local ploughing match. In April 2013 they have about 2500 litres fermenting / maturing with much of the juice from their own orchards.


Magic Bus Cider Horton Kirby, Dartford DA4 9DF Chris Cooter                                                               07887 747569 chris8mel@ntlworld.com Very small producer. (May use concentrate.)


Merry Moon River Building, Hanover Mill, The Forstal, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NU Joanna Bottomley 07707 309041 jo-anna.bottomley@btinternet.com Established Spring 2010. Lunatickle and Lemon Moon cider, Scary Peary perry. Lunatickle was the winner of the Kent Regional round of the CAMRA National Cider & Perry Championships 2013.


North Downs Cider Faversham Chris Entwistle                                                             07747 343892 Small producer that may not want publicity. Dry, Medium-Dry blends. In 2011 all ciders were made from real cider fruit in the traditional west-country style. Single varieties in Bramley, Cox, Grenadier and possibly others. No cider was made in 2013 so none will be available 2014.


Pawley Farm Cider 01795 532043 Pawley Farm, Painters Forstal, Faversham ME13 0EN pawleyfarmcider@tiscali.co.uk Dry, Medium, Sweet and Spiced.


Pippins Cider Company (Pippins Cider) Pippins Farm, Stonecourt Lane, Maidstone Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4AB. David Knight                                       01892 824544 (824569 Shop) Seem to have their cider available for tasting at their annual “apple day” when the farm is open for apple related events, but I have no idea if they make enough to supply or if it is made every year. Probably still make apple juice.


Rough Old Wife Cider Cork Farm, Long Hill, Old Wives Lees, Canterbury CT4 8BN Simon Reed                                        01227 700757 / 07768 364353 www.rougholdwife.com rougholdwife@btinternet.com Developing an old orchard with over 250 mixed variety apple trees, producing below 1500 litres. Rough Old Wife Cider: matured in whisky casks. Tasty Old Wife: a sweeter version of the above cider. Blushing Old Wife: cider with addition of raspberries.


St Dunstan’s Cider Company address: 15 Cherry Drive, Canterbury CT2 8HF. Robert Lancaster                                         r.f.lancaster@sky.com A separate producer but Rob works collaboratively with Mike Bispham of Stiles, sharing premises and some equipment. First available to the public at Planet Thanet Beer Festival in March 2013, the cider was a blend of 80% cider made from Ashton bitter sweet juice pressed in 2012 with another local cider producer in an informal collaborative. A very tannic classic dry West of England style cider with gorgeous copper colour. For flavour rounding and to introduce more complexity it was blended with 20% Russet from 2011.


Stiles Cider Company address: 3 Filmer’s Field, Milstead, Kent ME9 0SQ Mike Bispham                                                             01795 830615 MikeBispham@aol.com Produced at Covett Lane, Kingston near Canterbury. Started in Autumn 2010. The aim is to produce cider as naturally as possible without sugars, concentrates or artificial sweetener. Russet cider was made in 2011 from 100% freshly pressed Russet apple juice and produced a crisp cider with some nuttiness characteristic of the Russet apple. The apples were pressed by a local farmer for Stiles without additives or any diluents. Their Graet Aestern cider was the winner of the Kent round of the CAMRA National Cider & Perry Championships 2014.


Turners Cider Based in Marden.                                                        @philturner99 Phil Turner                                                                 07825 394164 www.turnerscider.co.uk philturner99@gmail.com Turners Cider is a family business based in Marden, Kent. They make a craft cider in the Eastern Counties style from 100% Kentish apples. The dessert and culinary apples are sourced from farms in and around Marden, which for years has been at the centre of the English apple industry. The apples are pressed between September and Christmas, fermented until Spring, then Turners carefully taste and blend the different batches. The resulting cider is clean, light and refreshing, with a balance of sweetness and acidity.

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