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!
CYDER TOUR & TASTING
*currently unavailable due to lockdown restrictions
Daily guided tours of the Cyder Press & Cellar led by a member of our cyder team, followed by a tasting and cheese pairing in the Winter Garden. Includes a bottle of cyder to take home with you.
You must either be a hotel guest or hold a valid Garden Membership to visit our Cyder Cellar.
Tours last 45 minutes and are held every day at 12pm & 2pm for members, and also at 4pm and 5pm for hotel guests. Maximum 6 people per tour. Cost is £10pp or included in your stay as a guest. Advance booking is advised.
Free apple pressing demonstrations take place on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of October, for visitors to enjoy.
Afterwards, pick up a bottle of apple juice or cyder from our Farm Shop.