October is the month when cider making is at its best in England. The fruits have been soaking up all that glorious sunshine during the summer months and are ripe for the picking at the start of autumn. So when else would you celebrate the delights of a good old fashioned cider?
The UK is the largest producer of cider in Europe, and we’ve selected four of the best cideries in the Cotswolds to visit if you want to find out why it’s so good…
Organic cider tours, cheese pairings, pizza nights, masterclasses and a whole host of other events await you at Dunkertons in Cheltenham.
You can even purchase beautifully etched cider glasses to take home and enjoy forever from the shop, along with any of the delicious ciders you take a fancy to.
“The home of real cider and perry” according to the website! This cidery is the embodiment of an English cottage industry, also producing and selling local honey, preserves, cider or whisky infused marmalades, cheeses, and chilli oils, all made from very local produce.
With cider tours and ploughmans lunches available throughout autumn, this is a perfect stop to sample English country life.
Westons have been winning awards for their ciders for years, but this is where to come for a family cidery visit. There’s a shire horse called Reg, a playground (open until October), well stocked cafe and lovely walking routes through the grounds of the mill and orchards.
And for the adults, there’s the obligatory cider tasting and the rather delicious Scrumpy House Restaurant to enjoy.
Napton Cidery offers a brilliant talk in their taproom, where staff members regale you with historical anecdotes and their love for cider making. Followed by a tasting with a special appearance by their smooth oak-aged apple brandy. All the ciders are naturally vegan and gluten free.
Napton Cidery also hosts comedy nights, live music events, quiz nights, Sunday and ploughmans lunches and on occasion turns the taproom into a cocktail bar. Their cider talks and tastings are available all through the autumn.
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Take home some real English cider in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It really does make for a warm and comforting drink in the colder months when you mull it with spices, and hopefully it will remind you of England too.
We are happy to assist you in setting an itinerary for your Cotswold break or tour. Please take your time visiting the various attractions as highlighted in the rest of the Travel Tips page or feel free to ask us for our own recommendations. We know the Cotswolds exceptionally well and can advise on the best spots to visit depending on the time of year you book.
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