Nothing hits the spot more than a crisp, refreshing pint of cider and the United Kingdom is home to some of the best cider farms and orchards in the world. Cider enthusiasts planning a tour should look no further than any of these UK-based brewers.
For one of the most authentic cider experiences in the country, Torre Cider Farm should be right up your street. This orchard and farm also houses a cafe where visitors can enjoy locally sourced produce and, of course, a glass of fresh cider! Though there is no ‘formal’ tour of the farm on offer, visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the grounds at their own pace and view the old cider press room.
Pure North Cider Press in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, hand-presses all their carefully chosen apples and produces some of the best cloudy cider in the region. Open Wednesday to Sunday, this cider press offers a combined meal and tour for just £10 per person. For more information, head here.
Producers of the famous Cornish Rattler cider, Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm are up there with the best in the game. Conveniently situated near the town of Newquay, a tour of Healey’s allows visitors to see every process of the cider pressing process from start to finish, as well as other areas of their expertise such as their jam kitchen. There’s also a restaurant, tea rooms, farm shop and an animal courtyard for the little ones. Head here for further information on their varied guided tours.
For something a little more central, Butford Organics in the Herefordshire town of Bodenham packs plenty of history into their cider tours. Home to a 300-year-old cider mill, Butford Farm produces cider and desert apples, pears, plums and walnut trees. The latest of their trees were planted in 2000 – continuing the farm’s proud local heritage. More information on tours and tastings can be found here.
Did you know that one of the country’s leading cider makers offer tours of their farm and orchards? Visitors can partake in guided tours of Thatcher’s Cider’s orchard and mill in Winscombe, North Somerset, every Friday at 12:30pm with tasting sessions included in the price. Book your tour voucher here.
Operators of Glastonbury Festival’s famous Cider Bus, Somerset Cider Brandy and Burrow Hill Cider offer guided tours of their orchards and distillery at the wallet-friendly price of just £4 per person. Tours include visits to the cider vats and strolls through the orchards, where visitors will be guided through the entire process from apple picking through to distilling and maturing. Call 01460 240782 to book a guided tour.