Every October Visit Herefordshire run a campaign, #ApplesforAutumn, to celebrate Herefordshire's perfect soils and weather to grow the finest apples in the world. We have been involved in their Herefordshire Cider Circuits for the last few years. Our Pembridge orchards are a stop along their 49 mile cycle route through Nothern Herefordshire's beautiful farmland, orchards and forested hills.
In October 2020 we welcomed guests to our Pembridge orchards to experience the beauty of Herefordshire in Autumn. On Friday 9th October David Atkinson, journalist from The Daily Mail met Robert West, former Dunkertons chief cider maker, to walk around the orchards and a have a bite to eat at The Cider Barn restaurant. David's article is now available to read on I.News.
On Monday 12th of October blogger Ramona Jones and her boyfriend Aaron met Robert West for an evening tour followed by a 3 course vegan dinner at The Cider Barn. 'Dunkertons artisan ethos was very clear, from their organic growing practices through to their natural ingredients and hand blending. Ultimately, their respect for natural processes makes for a fantastic selection of ciders.'You can read Ramona's complete blog here.
We thoroughly enjoyed being part of Visit Herefordshire's wonderful campaign in 2020. Dunkertons Cider was founded by Susie and Ivor Dunkerton in 1980 when they made the decision to escape London and buy a small holding in Pembridge, Herefordshire. Ivor and Susie set about making a unique cider whilst operating in a similar fashion to a vineyard. Importantly they wanted to make cider without using concentrates or chemicals therefore working with what mother nature had to offer, using the land and ecosystem to help them produce pure fruit cider apples and perry pears grown in their own orchards at Pembridge. Soon Ivor and Susie were pressing their own fruit alongside the fruit of the other growers – some of whom still provide cider apples and perry pears today.