May this year will see the launch of the Cider Innovation House created in partnership with Barny Butterfield from Sandford Orchards - opening alongside the exciting Darts Farm Drink Cellar and Tasting Bar.
Barny will be showcasing his blending and cider making and collaborating with other cidermakers, brewers, winemakers and spirit makers to offer you the very best of this artisan adventure.
Ever the energetic explorer, Barny Butterfield explains his inspiration for everything cider. "My philosophy is to be true to the fruit. Believe in heritage. The recipe for our cider is not a secret, it's writ large on the landscapes around our Cider Works.
The difference between good and bad cider is so often the degree of detail the cidermaker is prepared to go to - how fastidious they are!
Barny's favourite apple is the Tremlett's Bitter - thunderously tannic. It's a behemoth of a cider apple from Devon. it's small and conical - very pretty - the Malbec of cider friuit.
You cannot drink this stuff cold - you've got to let it show off its fruit. In a blend it's stunning - it's got a peppery, spicy edge to it.
We ferment our Ice Cider miles closer to being dry - like a drier Madeira. It has this huge tannic structure, because it's 300% apple juice - or 300% cider! - Its got big, strong structural acidity because of the concentration through freezing - but it's dry so it's ageing beautifully and tastes amazing.
It takes four or five months - it's wild yeast. It's very rewarding to be part of a sort of scientific adventure into cider. We're interested in working with others and developing the layers and the depth and the complexity to discover wonderful new ciders.
This recipe, by Sue Stoneman, for Hanger Steaks grilled on the BBQ with garden herb dressing is perfect for quick summer cooking!
This sweet treat is perfect with an afternoon cuppa or a great addition to any picnic.
When the sun is shining, there is nothing better that an adventure with a beautiful picnic. Our hamper selection is full of some of the finest West Country food & drink - the perfect treat for a special occasion...