Sheppy’s Cider has been at Bradford-on-Tone since the family moved here in 1917, and the name and location have been a fixed point in the lives of local people and holiday makers ever since. Over the years we have welcomed thousands of visitors to our shop, tea room and museum.
Although we focus primarily on perfecting our cider, we know that it’s just as important to make sure that people can visit the very place that we produce the cider from. It helps connects our cider and our traditions to our customers.
We ferment our ciders using the naturally occurring wild yeast from the apples. We then mature some of them in oak vats, many of which have been in the family for almost 100 years. David Sheppy, our Master of Cider, has developed his skills over a lifetime blending dessert apples with cider varieties to give Sheppy's its distinctive, high quality taste.
In recent times we have created brand new production facilities, freeing our lovely old brick buildings for development. In April we opened the doors to Sheppy’s House of Cider- a bigger shop, café, bar, restaurant, and much more. We will also have a venue inside an old cider vat which will play host to one of our many tours.
We are a family run business producing traditional farmhouse cider and farm pressed apple juice, with locally harvested Somerset apples. The cider farm is a traditional working farm where you can visit and sample all our ciders before you buy. We also have a seventy seat restaurant that serves fresh, locally produced, home cooked food daily, and also caters for vegetarian and food allergies.
Crackington Cider Company are producers of artisan, small batch, West Country ciders.
Jon and Sam Miles started the Crackington Cider Co. from their home in Cornwall in 2011 when they planted 30 cider apple trees given to them by Jon's Dad, Eddie. The 8 acre orchard, situated on the south side of the Coombe Valley above Crackington Haven, now has over 1100 cider apple trees. Jon has focused on the conservation of Cornish and vintage quality West Country cider apples, many of which were grafted by Jon from cuttings due to their rarity. To ensure a perfect balance of sweet, bittersweet, sharp and bitter sharp apples 30 varieties are grown including Rattler, Lord of the Isles, Captain Broad, Collogett Pippin and Dabinett. We built the cider barn in early 2017 with the help of Sam's sister Caroline and brother-in-law Philip, in time for the first harvest that October. Apples are pressed, fermented and bottled on site in the Cider Barn. The ciders are slow matured in stainless steel fermentation vats for a minimum of six months to develop a full clean character. We launched our on site cider shop in June 2019. Ciders are also available from a number of local (North Cornwall) pubs, restaurants and shops.