Somerset Cider Brandy Company which
was granted a licence in 1989 by HM
Customs, and is the first full cider
distilling licence in recorded history.
As well as its cider brandy, the farm
produced a nice range of ciders.
Burrow Hill apples have been grown and
cider has been pressed for at least
150 years. It is the soil, climate and
apple varieties which give their cider
and cider brandy its unique quality.
It has long been recognised that England
has three 'vintage' areas for growing
apples for fermenting - all are in Somerset,
and at Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi,
Burrow Hill is right in the middle of
one; the others are around Wedmore and
are the starting point for both our
cider and our Cider Brandy and at Burrow
Hill they believe it is vital to know
their origins. All the apples they ferment
come from Somerset, and most come from
their own orchards which extend to some
150 acres. They grow more than 100 varieties
of cider apples - about 40 in quantity
- and cider for drinking, or distilling,
is made by blending these apples. The
blending of the different types of fruit
is the key to the craft of cider making.
At Burrow Hill this is the responsibility
of Shaun Brownsey and Julian Temperley,
who together have more than 50 years
at the Glastobury Fesitval is know of
the 'Cider Bus' run by Burrow Hill Cider,
and selling draught ciders, mulled ciders
and occassionaly cider brandy.
Hill Cider sells a range of ciders for
Black Bottle Fermented Sparkling Cider
made by Traditional Method. A dry,
complex cider with a sharp fruit finish.
Good enough to grace any dinner table
(8%). This cider is very dry. Jilly
Goolden on BBC Food & Drink described
the Kingston Black as one of the,
if not the best, English Cider. "This
has got muscles, this has got brawn,
this has got a hairy chest. I think
Red Bottle Fermented Sparkling Cider
made by Traditional Method. Bone dry.
Full bodied with lots of tannin. For
the cider connoisseur. Excellent with
all food or even as an aperetif (8%).
Cider - A blend of at least 11 varieties
of vintage apples "the cider
makers craft at it's best".
litre glass flagons - Dry, Medium
or Sweet. Keeps well. Champion at
the Bath and West Show 2004.
Cider (Scrumpy) - Medium. Supplied
straight from the barrel draught cider.
This comes in plastic 4 litre containers
and is best consumed within 7 days
Hill also produced and sells Apple Juice,
Vinegar, and of course its awesome and
renowned range of Somerset Cider Brandy
(see the Burrow Hill website for more
information about this top quality product!).
Somerset Cider Brandy Company Ltd.;
Burrow Hill Cider, Pass Vale Farm, Burrow
Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock, Somerset
the online form
year. Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30; closed
are welcome to view the copper stills,
protected by armoured plated glass
and 68 locks and seals (by order of
HM Customs & Excise) in the distillery.
In the ciderhouse there is cider and
Cider Brandy to sample amongst the
oak vats, barrels and presses - all
the paraphernalia associated with
150 years of cidermaking.
starting point of both our cider and
Cider Brandy is apples from our orchards.
Visitors can follow our orchard trail
where different apple varieties and
other interesting features are explained.
The walk takes about 30 minutes and
you may need wellies.
by road: Pass Vale Farm is
north of the A303, and direction very
much depend on where yo are coming from.
Find the village of Kingsbury Episcopi,
and follow signs for Burrow Hill, which
is a couple of miles west of Kingsbury
Episcopi. The cider farm is on the left
before you get to Burrow Hill (which
you should be able to see in the distance).
If you get lost, try asking in the Kingsbury
Episcopi village post office (I did!).
Vale Farm, Burrow Hill.
Burrow Hill scrumpy cider.