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Horse-powered Herefordshire cider

Fair Oak cider is made on our farm in a seventeenth-century stone mill which is once again, after a gap of a hundred years, being worked by a horse. We believe only two mills in the country are now being worked in this way.

Old varieties of cider apples are harvested from small orchards around the Golden Valley, crushed in the mill, and then squeezed through hessian on the stone press in the traditional fashion.

Through winter and spring the juice is left to ferment in the cider house, being checked and racked regularly as the flavours develop. The result is a range of refreshing craft ciders – dry, medium and sweet, still and sparkling.

The mill and press were semi-derelict when we first came to Fair Oak; but with the help of skilful friends, and elderly neighbours who remembered making cider with horses in their youth, we were able to restore them to working order in 2012.

Visitors are welcome to taste and buy cider by appointment


Hilary Engel
Fair Oak
Phone: 01981 241210
Children welcome Walking path nearby Disabled access Ground floor rooms Working farm Pets welcome Private parking Groups welcome No smoking Seasonal opening
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Fair Oak Cider Apple Grading Cider making2 Fair Oak Cider Mill
Our visitors say:
It's a long time since I've tasted one as nice as that.' Local cidermaker
'It's just like the old stuff!' Customer at Longtown Show
'Your cider is delicious!' David Lovelace, landscape historian

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