Based in the stunning surroundings of Burley, New Forest Cider produce a range of products to match. Recently we were kindly invited in to hear their story. It’s a great day out with amazing heritage to look through before enjoying lunch in the Tea Rooms and popping in to the Farm Shop, where it’s not just cider you can purchase!
Drive into Burley and you will spot the cider barrel by the post office, “This way to the home of New Forest Cider”. Mind the wild ponies as you meander through to their road side Tea Rooms covering the secrets of the orchards and barns. Burley depicts everything you would expect from a traditional, New Forest Village, the rows of apple trees and gaggle of geese ensure your expectations of the cider production is no different. Beautifully quaint from the moment you arrive.
The cider barns are located a short walk up a track, where their products are made in the traditional way. Combining English apples from their own orchards and cider fruit from Somerset and Herefordshire. It’s definitely worth trying the unpasteurised, real cider straight from the barrels, there is usually dry, medium, sweet, Kingston Black and Perry as well as a selection of bottled ciders including a handcrafted Cider Bouche – which we can confirm is absolutely delicious!
They aim simply to produce an interesting, full juice, draught Cider that is free from artificial colouring and flavouring.
Shop New Forest Cider at Fetch The Drinks:
Kingston Black: A classic single variety cider using the Kingston Black apple, filtered for a pleasingly dry traditional still version.
Mixed case of 12 bottles: A New Forest cider mixed case will consist of: Kingston Black, Traditional and Oak Soaked.
Recent Festivals their ciders went to:
Victoria Inn, Colchester
The White Swan, Stokesley
The Wash House, Milford on Sea
The Stable, Southampton
The Station House, Durham
If you are planning a trip to visit them why not make a weekend of it and join them for the annual steam pressing weekend. An amazing chance to thee cider making as it was done in days gone by, with the use of a variety of vintage presses ranging from a ‘workman’ steam driven mobile press to the simplicity of a hand operated twin screw press using straw.