Kent Cider apple pressing and links

February 2009 - Finalist at the Produced in Kent Awards for 2008 at Leeds Castle - we came second on the day but so proud in our second year. BBC Radio Kent's John Warnett (a real Kent food & drink supporter) loved the what we mean here:




Blushing Old Wife, our raspberry cider, makes a big hit at the 2009 Kent Beer Festival - Bronze Award Winner







Our cider making is a family & friends love affair and we welcome anyone who would like to join in the fun of the event either apple picking, loading, barrelling or pressing. We have many people interested in making a holiday of the occasion so several bed & breakfast and facilities are available this includes Flint Cottage at Hawkins Rough Orchard Cork Farm.

In addition we live very close to several historic villages including Bodsham, Chilham and Petham with other accommodation, pubs and friends. Claire & Bruce at Badgers Hill farm shop, Chilham, was one of the first places in Kent to revive the Kent traditional cider making over 25 years ago.


Simon, co-partner of Rough Old Wife Cider also runs traditional cider or cyder making courses for interested amateurs wanting to get more out of there own apples. Due to popular demand courses for are being held in several locations: At the Cidery, Brogdale School of Artisan Food and Assington Mill see websites for more details. You can also contact him directly on for course agenda, availability and pricing. The Orchard is also pollinated by his own bees which produce a great bi-product, namely honey! This is sold under the Petham Vale Honey label and can be purchased from him directly or is available in East Kent at certain farmshops. See the website for more details.

Kent Cider apple boxes, annie cap, andy maclean
english snail cider recipe

Blushing Old Wife, Raspberry cider, proves a big hit at the 2009 Kent beer  Festival - Bronze Award Winner. Watch below:



We like to show you how we make our cider. So if you are interested in watching our latest pressing video please click.

"Dry and clear with a rich apple bouquet and a hint of aged Scottish whisky and oak barrels"

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Cider is also a great ingredient in cooking and we have recently supplied our cider to H&RHEescargots.         Helen who is local in Littlebourne runs one of the only two English snail farms in the UK. To see the recipe please go to her blog and enjoy!. We have also supplied to several local restaurants in Kent where not only could you drink the cider but a unique cider sorbets have been created - delicious use of cider and one in the eye for "Champagne Marque"

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