Thatched cottages, ducks on the village pond, a Norman church, rolling ridge and furrow farm land; this is the quintessential Leicestershire village of Hallaton, home of the ancient tradition of Hare Pie Scrambling and Bottle Kicking. Every Easter Monday two villages (Hallaton and Medbourne) come together and “wrestle” for two or three bottles (barrels) that are dropped at the top of Hare Pie Bank, near the site of a medieval shrine. There are no rules, and it is difficult to tell the teams apart, but hundreds make up the teams and a game is won when one of the barrels is hauled across a stream or “try line” marking the village boundary.
Hallaton also happens to be the home of the Bottle Kicking Cider Company where Rob, a small scale craft cider maker, selects the finest apples from his own orchards, and some from further afield, to make what we believe is a great tasting cider!
A Bottle Kicking Cider mixed case consisting of ciders selected from the following: Scrambler (medium dry), Rambler (medium sweet), Raspberry and Pomegranate, and Pineapple Peach and Passion Fruit.