Around the time that Hadspen House was built, the finest quality cyders were preferred to champagne by sniffy Somerset gentry who knew their tipple. Our cyders are made with 100% apple juice, using a state-of-the-art Cyder Press and Cyder Cellar, and advanced cold-press processes.
The Greeks and Romans mastered the art of cyder making, but so did we (when the pompous Julius Caesar invaded our shores around 55 BC, he found the drink already established here). People in our apple-growing regions consumed over a pint a day; at the time, this mildly alcoholic drink was safer than water. Everyone, including children, drank it – even at breakfast!
A guided tour of the Cyder Press & Cellar lasting thirty minutes, ending with a small tasting.
Daily at 11am–11.30am and 2pm–2.30pm.
Tours are free but must be booked on arrival. Groups will be a maximum of 20 people. No age restriction, although tasting is 18+.
Free apple pressing demonstrations take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year, for visitors to enjoy.
You can then pick up a bottle of apple juice at our Farm Shop to take home.