Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cider & Sausage festival 2012

Cider & Sausage festival 2012

Clovelly Bat Inn


Friday 20th & Saturday 21st July 12 Noon - 11pm 2012

Finest real ciders, perries ales farm sausages, BBQ live music and merriment

Clovelly Bay Inn, Boringdon Road Turnchapel Plymouth PL9 9TB

01752 402765

Wednesday, May 02, 2012


HopeCiderfest2012 by AndyRobertsPhotos
HopeCiderfest2012, a photo by AndyRobertsPhotos on Flickr.

1st HOPE CIDER FESTIVAL Friday 18th May - Woodchester Mansion, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3TS,
Large selection of locally produced ciders and perries, apple pressing,music, food.

Friday, November 18, 2011

11/18 ukcider

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Bramley Apples and Bramley Apple Tree Pruning
November 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The subject of making cider from Bramley apples and how to set about pruning Bramley apple trees keeps coming up. Here’s a recent video from Hermitage Farm which bemoans the lack of current demand for Bramley apples. It’s perhaps surprising, since Bramleys are the best known and frequently the only known variety of cooking apples in the UK, but it must be the whole concept of cooking with apples which is falling into disuse heaven forbid.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Hermitage Farm‘s Bramley Apples

Here we are, five miles north of Hereford, in the middle of the organic Bramley apple harvest and the sad thing is that the bottom has dropped out of the Bramley apple market in the UK.

We are seeing Bramley apple trees being grubbed out, but what we need is a high profile celebrity chef to re-educate the British public about how to use Bramley cooking apples.

It has to be said though, that the French don’t even have a word for “cooking apples” there are many French varieties of apples and you can either eat them or cook with them. Or make cider with them of course!

Some advice about pruning Bramley Apple trees and grafting:

If you have a large Bramley apple tree, maybe up to 70 years old and it’s taking up a lot of space where you might prefer to have several other different varieties of apple trees growing, then you might want to consider grafting or top working the old Bramley tree after a severe prune but there are limitations to what can be done in such circumstances. For example it may seem a good idea to graft several different types of scions onto the same family tree or stock, but this can cause problems with differentiating growth rates of the various grafts, and also necessitate removing as many as possible of the original Bramley buds when they come through in spring, which is hardly practical on a large tree. A very large very old tree may present some challenges and you certainly
should leave ‘nurse branches’ but it is achievable, and if the tree is
lively you may be surprised how strongly the scions grow way.

Top working or grafting is not so difficult really, but the timing of the various prunes is actually quite crucial.

You need to cut the desired type of scion wood in late winter one season, then store it carefully, and do the grafting onto the old Bramley apple tree sometime between bud burst and blossom time. It’s well worth practicing first on some less valuable trees in order to make mistakes, learn, and then get the right cuts that work for your orchard.

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Bramley Apple Tree

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Cider Press

Originally uploaded by wilfh
Cider Press

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nava Sidra Spanish Cider

Originally uploaded by kenpeace
Natural Spanish cider from Nava in Asturias, where much but not all of the Spanish Sidra Natural comes from.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

29 new varieties of English cider apples

The new apple varieties are Lizzy; Prince William; Amelia; Amanda; Jenny; Hastings; Connie; Helen's Apple; Three Counties; Jane; Tina; Early Bird; Vicky; Naomi; Nicky; Angela; Gilly; Willy; Joanna; Maggie; Hannah; Jean; Sally; Fiona; Shamrock; Tracey; Eleni; Betty and Debbie.

New cider apple varieties

Monday, September 27, 2010

BBC R4 Food and Farming Awards Henney's Cider

Well Done Mike Henney of Henney's Cider for being a finalist.


Mike Henney (Henney's Cider)

Mike Henney started making cider as a hobby in his airing cupboard in 1996. He now produces over 200,000 gallons of his high-quality product. He maintains traditional methods of production, using genuine cider apple varieties from local Herefordshire growers. His four varieties of cider are available in leading supermarkets.

Results will be announced on November 24th at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham.

The Awards programme will be on Radio 4 at 9am on November 26th.

Good Luck for the final!