Diane and I were lucky enough to be offered a tour of Westons Cider in Much Marcle near Ledbury. On arrival, we were shown by Annie and Rose to the Orchard tea-rooms, where we enjoyed scones and cakes before our tour. Despite the rain, we were guided around the past and present ways of how they make ‘Westons Cider’. Part of the tour included the building in which the solid oak vats are stored. All the vats have names, but the two largest and oldest ones are called Pip and Squeak. We heard how cider is produced from the planting of the orchards through to the moment it is poured.
The award-winning Henry Weston Courtyard Garden is well worth stopping off to visit. Also, call into the converted 17th-century cowshed where there is a magnificent cider bottle collection – the largest in the world.
Although modern technology means shire horses are not needed at the cider mill, Ben and Prince are available to hire for weddings. In the meantime, the two resident horses are enjoying their days in the fields of Much Marcle
At the end of the tour, adults are invited to sample the wide selection of ciders and perries. There is a restaurant also.
Whether it’s a refreshing pint of Stowford Press in the summer or a warming mug of mulled cider in the winter, a visit to Westons Cider Mill is a perfect all year round day out.
If you feel like treating yourselves there is a choice of venues to eat. The Orchard Tea Rooms provide homemade cakes, lunches, afternoon teas and children’s lunch boxes. Alternatively, try the Scrumpy House Restaurant providing breakfast, lunch and Scrumpy Thursday.
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We can highly recommend Westons Cider it’s well worth visit and the tour. Events throughout the year so keep an eye on their website for more details.