The Ciderhouse and Tasting Room are located in the old hop kilns.
Oliver's Cider and Perry
The Old Hop Kilns,
Open Saturdays 10.00am to 4.00pm
For all other times please phone ahead, we may well be busy elsewhere on the farm.
We are just off Burley Gate roundabout, where the A417 Leominster to Gloucester road intersects the A465 Hereford to Bromyard road. Take Gloucester exit off roundabout towards Newtown crossroads and Oliver's Cider and Perry is first on the right hand side.
"Oliver's Cider and Perry is for everyday enjoyment and to celebrate special occasions.
We need to profitably produce the finest Herefordshire and Three Counties ciders and perries and want to really relish doing so.
Fermented in small batches using fresh, ripe (mostly unsprayed and hand picked) fruit utilising minimal intervention processes, but distinctively presented, respecting both the great heritage and traditions of the past but with an eye to innovating for the future.
Oliver's will strive to produce premium products and give a unique service, while valuing the health and well being of our consumers, our employees, the earth's natural resources and the environment".
Bringing It All Back Home:
In 2004 we won First Prize for our Bottled Dry Perry at The Royal Bath and West Show (for the second year running).
So when this led to the presentation to Oliver's of the THE ARTHUR DAVIES CUP for the Outstanding Cider or Perry, we were stunned and very honoured. The history of cidermaking associated with this show and their close affiliation with Long Ashton Research Station over the years, has made this one of the most prestigious cups we have ever been awarded. If we are indeed judged by the company we keep, then we are very honoured.
It is with immense pride that we have received the cup for the second time in 2009 for Oliver's Bottle Conditioned Herefordshire Cider.
Recieving The Arthur Davies Cup from Lord Cameron of Dillington and Arthur Davies himself.
The end of 2009 saw us receive a Global Excellence award in the Flavours of Herefordshire awards and then in 2010 we were Cider and Perry Producer of the Year and in 2011 we were honoured to receive an "Outstanding Achievement" award.
Come to the Flavours Festival held in the heart of the city round the Cathedral in early November 2014.
Matthew Fort provided a very welcome introduction to Oliver's with this piece in the Guardian and using the Bottle Conditioned Perry for the "Market Kitchen" Great British Menu banquet. Around Britain with a Fork
Our cider and perry is now available in the US of A. Courtesy of importers Shelton Brothers http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/
2014 sees stocks of the dry, still Traditional Cider and sparkling Classic Perry, as well as Posh Scrumpy dry, Bittersweet Funk a dry, still cider and Gold Rush, a sparkling medium dry cider. ALL THE WAY FROM HEREFORDSHIRE. Oliver's on NPR
We also featured on BBC Radio 4's "Open Country" program which they devoted to perry and especially the now very rare varietal "Coppy".
Robert Plant heard singing the praises of Oliver's Real Traditional Cider
Click on the link below and watch our video produced with enormous care and great skill by Jonathan Blease at Stories4Change.
Talking about The Three Counties Perry Presidium, a Slow Food initiative to support the long term survival of perry
Duty increases, glass increases, increases in general are inevitable but we want to remind our regulars that Oliver's Real Draught cider and perry in "any" recycled containers is really good value.
This is just one of the many areas where we try and recycle, waste less and compost.
The buzz words are sustainability and the environment. At Oliver's we really hope that we do our best to produce cider and perry in a good, clean and fair way.
Old barrels are sold for planting tubs and water butts and decorative uses.
Minimum use of chemicals for cleaning, steam where possible.
Minimum use of sulphites in finished products (frequently none added).
Old paper hand towels are composted.
Cardboard and packaging recyled where possible
All glass is recycled
All vegetable matter is composted
Apple and pear pomace is fed to our cattle and sheep.
Our new washing/elevator/tipper unit, energetically designed and built by Bushmaster, has resulted in a huge decrease in volume of water used for the initial washing phase. 2 tanks now hold the dirty water which is recycled by submersible pumps, frequently meaning 1000 litres lasts a week. The small clean water tank is still changed daily or more frequently depending on requirements.
The Redstreak cider apple raised from a pip by Lord Scudamore of Holme Lacy House in the 1600's, when Herefordshire was "one entire orchard and redstreak cider excelled".
Just why did Redstreak cider garner it's reputation?
Was it due to an early form of bottle conditioning?
Lord Scudamore had estates in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. He would have had access to the stronger glass from coal fired furnaces in the Forest of Dean. James 1st had been convinced by Admiral Sir Robert Mansell that wood should be saved for shipbuilding. By 1630 Robert Mansell had retired and set about making glass. When attempting to make coloured glass he added iron and manganese, which succeeded in making stronger "verre anglais" bottle glass. Couple this with the fact that England, once again, was importing cork from Portugal and thus making better stoppers for the stronger bottles, to contain the effervescence from the bottle conditioned Redstreak cider that kept so much better in the presence of dissolved carbon dioxide. Did Redstreak cider indeed gain it's reputation from it's ability to keep so much better than any barrel or previously glass bottled product? As well as being safer due to bottles not exploding and wastage would have become a thing of the past. It enabled cider and perry to be transported in better condition hence it's reputation would have spread.
UPDATE: Since writing the above and after much discussion with Jim Chapman and James Crowden, I am tending to think that (with reference to the excellent segment on Scudamore by Hogg and Bull in The Herefordshire Pomona) that the Redstreak cider was kept in glass bottles in cellars, cooled by running waters at Holme Lacey House and that the cider was probably "still" but because it would have contained some yeast, however carefully racked, probably was at least prickly on the tongue to drink. The actual adding of sugar to create a conditioning within the bottle and true bottle fermentation is to come.
"Methode Champenoise?" Did France gain an early PR victory with the adoption of Champagne?
The first documented description of the addition of sugar to a finished wine with the intention of making it sparkle is from a paper by Christopher Merret to the newly formed Royal Society on December 17th 1662. This is 6 years before Dom Perignon arrived in Hautvillers.
James Crowden's book "Ciderland" throws further light on the subject and also features a fine chapter on Oliver's..... thanks very much James!
The Herefordshire Pomona, 600 copies printed in 7 parts and going at auction for around £10,000!
Cider was made on the farm until my grandfather decided with
the arrival of mechanization that it was unsafe and the consequent move away from horse and man power left less need for refreshment while on the job. The old stone mill decayed and the rest of the equipment was sold, given away or fell into disrepair. I started from scratch again and have been planting bush and standard trees of many varieties for many years, in order to preserve as many as possible.
Cider Apple Trees:
Broxwood Foxwhelp, Improved Redstreak, Slack ma Girdle, Tremletts
Bitter, Bulmers Norman, Ashton Bittersweet, Sweet Alford, Kingston
Bitter, Yarlington Mill, Ashton Brown Jersey, Brown Snout, Golden
Harvey, Breakwell Seedling, Kingston Black, Cider Ladys Finger, Gennet
Moyle, Nehou, Dymock Red, Sercombes Natural, Sops in Red Wine, Sheeps
Nose, Somerset Redstreak, Fillbarrel, Harry Masters Jersey, Frederick, Ellis
Bitter, Chisel Jersey, Stoke Red, Hangy Down, Vilberie, White Jersey, Tom
Putt, White Norman, White Beech and Dabinett.
Perry Pear Trees:
Taynton Squash, Thorn, Moorcroft, Oldfield, Yellow Huffcap, Hendre
Huffcap, Blakeney Red, Gin, Winnals Longdon, Brandy, Hellens
Early, Butt, Barland, Red Pear, Barnet, Greggs Pit, Teddington Green, Harleys
Gum, Greenhorse, Judge Amphlett, Parsonage, Bartestree Squash, Coppy, Ducksbarn, Early Griffin, Holmer, Judge Amphlett, Knapper, Newbridge, New Meadow, Red Longdon, Rock110, Turner's Barn, White Bache and White Longdon.
As we press more and more fruit each year we rely more and more on support from growers who want to supply small family farms with first rate cider apples and perry pears, so are always keen to find new sources of fruit locally and will pay handsomely for clean ripe fruit, especially if it is picked and delivered to the mill.
AVAILABLE as of January 2014 from OLIVER'S CIDER & PERRY HOUSE:
75 cl bottle conditioned perries, a dryish Single Varietal Oldfield (6.1%) and medium BC Perry (under 5.5%)
75 cl still, medium, bottle blended perry "Three Counties Perry"(6.0%)
75 cl still, medium sweet, a cocktail of Red perry pears "Red Pear Cocktail"(6.0%)
50 cl carbonated, medium perry, "CLASSIC PERRY"(6.0%)
HEREFORDSHIRE DRAUGHT PERRY. Sold Out till later in the Spring 2014.
50 cl "TRADITIONAL"...very dry, still, austere...very refreshing and great with white fish.
50 cl "SHEZAM"...the easy drinking,medium dry carbonated cider(6%)
50 cl "MAKING HAY"...a sweeter easy drinking, carbonated cider(6%)
75 cl POSH SCRUMPY...a bottle conditioned cider, naturally sparkling medium with a drying finish (5.4%)
75 cl "YARLINGTON MILL"...a sparkling, medium sweet single varietal cider (6%)....earthy, apple rich Yarlington cider
75 cl "GOLD RUSH"...sparkling, medium dry "GOLD RUSH" (7%)...rich, bittersweet cider
75 cl "VINTAGE 2011"...still, dry, smooth, funkuy and strong(6.9%)
HEREFORDSHIRE DRAUGHT CIDERS...all still and some have dropped bright and others are cloudy: Traditional...a dry cider Shezam....a medium cider Making Hay...a sweeter cider Gold Rush...a medium dry, robust bittersweet cider Ellis Bitter...a single varietal dry cider
As well as Single Varietals on draught when available:
Brandy Perry, Oldfield Perry, Blakeney Red Perry,Swans Egg Perry, Rock Perry and
Dabinett Cider, Yarlington Mill Cider, Kingston Black Cider.
Available now at the perry and cider house are cider vinegar, Rock perry vinegar, apple juices, chutneys and mustard.
Also loads of books on cider and apples, T shirts, Fleeces, Beanie Hats, Baseball Hats and Postcards
OLIVER'S Ciders and Perries are made from cider apples and perry pears, washed, milled, macerated, pressed, fermented, matured (in old oak barrels).
Then blended by nose and palette before bottling or in season, from the barrel. The fruit is from traditional, environmentally friendly orchards from (mostly) unsprayed trees.
Contact: Tom Oliver on 44 (0)1432 820569 or the mobile 44 (0)7768 732026
The Producer's Charter.
This was drawn up to do some very simple things but in a sound, solid and honest manner. The latest version is based on forming a Guild of Craft Cider and Perry Makers to administer The Producer's Charter. For those who might be interested please download the The Guild of Craft Cider and Perry Producers Charter.
Please click to see what we have won recently:
Rick Stein in his book on Food Heroes of Great Britain gave Oliver's Cider & Perry "Superhero" status, we are grateful for the awareness that it has bought about.
CAMRA are a passionate campaigning consumer organisation who represent the views of their membership which is based around real ale. However over the years their "Apple" off shoot has grown stronger and cider and perry has particularly benefitted by an ever increasing prescence at the many CAMRA festivals held all over the UK. Frequently selling out in ever increasing quantities. Here at Oliver's we are very pleased to supply any CAMRA event and very pleased to have won a number of CAMRA awards too.
APPLE at CAMRA and their useful Cider Guide
CAMRA's Good Cider Guide
Slow Food and The Three Counties Perry Presidium
For Oliver's possibly the best thing to have happened for perry but also for us!
The Slow Food Foundation for BioDiversity has made Three Counties Perry a Presidia and perry is in the Ark of Taste. Please click on this link to follow the exciting and incredibly diverse and wonderful things that have happened so far.
For anyone interested in the making of cider and perry who lives within The Three Counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and beyond too, why not become a member of the Three Counties Cider and Perry Association. We meet about 4 times a year for a variety of informative and social occasions and the membership is on the increase as is our participation in all things cider and perry.
Our website is TCC&PA
and for membership please contact our secretary Lewis Scott, email:TCC&PA
The Three Horseshoes, Little Cowarne, Herefordshire (tel.01885 400276) stocks
the latest releases from Oliver's, both bottled and draught. There is also superb food available in the company of Norman and Janet.
I can also recommend:
Mitchell and Alison at the Beer In Hand in the heart of Hereford round the corner from Steels Westgate, for the best selection of still, draught cider and perry in Hereford(shire) and a fine selection of Oliver's at all times.
Beer In Hand
Matt and Anelise at The Crown at Woolhope have Oliver's Traditional Dry Cider on Draught and over 24 other different ciders and perries, in bottle and draught.
"Live and Let Live" on Bringsty Common, outside of Bromyard, also stock some of our bottled cider and perry throughout the year.
We also have been very pleased to help the following over the last 12 months:
St. James Chuch of England School
St. Michaels Hospice
Hereford Riding for the Disabled
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Credenhill Garrison Welfare Fund
Ocle Pychard Pre School
Arthritis Research Council
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Hereford and District Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society
Finally if you have got to the bottom of this, you deserve a medal or at least a good drink.
The community of cider and perry is unique, from near and far, whether producer or consumer, orchardist or chemist, there is a comaraderie that binds us all. We have visitors from all over the world especially from the North Americas including Chris Horn, Drew, Derek, Joseph, Kelly, Kirsten, Sean and perry loving Gary Awdney, Diane and Dick Dunn, Ron & Amber and Lauren & Zac for Shelton Brothers, Ed and Nancy, Greg, Ryan, Michelle F (when are you coming to visit?). All making top shelf drinks to be enjoyed by top shelf folks. Cider is exploding in the USA and Virtue Cider