WELCOME TO SHED CIDER
Eight years ago we wanted a lifestyle change and decided to make the 2.5 acres attached to our house here in Bromham, into a cider apple orchard; re- introducing a long lost feature of the Wiltshire countryside.
The decision to grow cider apple trees and make cider for a living was not made overnight and gathered momentum after support from local cider makers and completing internationally renowned cider making courses. Ironically, we recently found out that the land used to be called ‘the orchard’. Maybe it was just meant to be!
Our orchard of cider apple and perry pear trees has over 20 different cultivars and is designed to crop from September to November each year when they are all picked, washed, milled, pressed and fermented on site in our cider shed adjacent to the orchard.
We have renowned single variety cider cultivars such as Kingston Black, Dabinett , and Yarlington Mill along with other bitter-sweet, bitter sharp, sharp and sweet cider apples. This allows us to make typical full bodied and flavoursome West Country cider.
Weeds, aphids, ants, moles, field voles, hares, jackdaws and adverse weather have made orchard management difficult for us as rookies. However, we are learning all the time and the orchard is improving particularly since we have improved pollination with the introduction of our own beehives last year.
We care about the environment and work with nature rather than against it. We don’t use pesticides, we harvest rainwater from the shed roof and the apple pomace (crushed apple skin) is used to feed local pigs just up the track from us. Making our cider and selling it here at Bromham Cider Farm keeps food miles to a minimum.
Apart from the use of electricity for the mill, press and pasteurisation, all other features of our cider making process is by hand.
Our hydraulic oak framed cider press was crafted from a fallen oak at nearby Roundway Hill by local craftsman Charles Bentley. Bentley, our name for the press, enables us to deal with more apples more efficiently whilst using a traditional cider making technique.
For us, aspiring to make the best cider relies upon keeping the microbial count to a minimum from the outset and monitoring/managing the acidity of the juice and cider from fruit selection to final product.
We do not use artificial sweetners, colourings or flavourings and will never use concentrate.
Because we use natural sugars to sweeten our cider we have to pasteurise most of our products which is more complicated and time consuming but, we feel, this results in a better cider drinking experience.
We ferment apple juice using natural and/or introduced yeasts to vary the speed of fermentation and to vary the taste of the base cider.
Once fermentation is complete the base cider is matured over winter and spring ready for drinking the following year.
At Shed Cider we make and sell farmhouse cider, bottled sparkling cider, apple juice and cider vinegar. When produced by our bees, honey and cut comb is also available.
We offer customers the opportunity to sample our ciders at our orchard in Bromham. To find out more see Our Cider.
As a member of SWECA (South West of England Cider Association), Shed Cider is bound by their rules for making good quality cider using traditional handcrafted methods whilst keeping within strict legal parameters.
WANT TO VISIT SHED CIDER?
If you like what you read and want to try our cider, why not pay us a visit? Our opening times and directions are on our contact us page. In addition, we are also on site most of the time, so give us a call to see if we’re available outside of the formal opening times noted on our contact page.
To arrange a tour of the orchard, cider shed and equipment and a cider tasting session, please call to discuss availability, numbers and costs
We have a premises licence for on and off sales at Bromham Cider Farm and look forward to welcoming you!