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Published on August 1, 2022

They do not compromise on quality with 100% British apples. 

Cornish Orchards are proud that you can taste nature through every sip of their ciders. It all started in 1992, when Andy Atkinson arrived at Westnorth Manor Farm with a herd of dairy cattle. Inspired and motivated by Cornwall Council’s project to save, rejuvenate and replant traditional orchards in the county, Atkinson planted three small orchards on his farm. Soon, he had the largest collections of Cornish apple varities in Cornwall and had created an amazing habitat for local wildlife. 


Enthused by this project and his growing success, Atkinson started to experiment with juicing and blending, selling his bottled juice in 1999. And then, in 2002, Atkinson tried his hand at cider making, and fully took the leap by selling his original dairy cattle to concentrate on cider making. Cornish Orchards has seen a rise in business as Atkinson describes that “over the years, I have never really driven the business forwards, its been the product that’s on demand.” This can be seen from being purchased by Fullers beer Co, and now Asahi UK. The companies believed Cornish Orchards has strength for the future and potential for premium offerings.   

Keeping those full, unique flavours in the cider that you won't find in a more industrialised product.
And people can tell that when they buy our products and taste them. You usually get the 'hmm... it tastes of apples' comment, which always makes me smile.

They start with washing the apples. This happens along the journey to the press as they are transported in a river of water. A final wash is given before the apples go into the mill which crushed the fruit into a pomace. The juices from this are then squeezed out so every drop can be used. 


Cornish Orchards then acts very quickly with the juice and it is either bottled and pasturised to be sold as pure juice or it is fermented into cider.  Atkinson explains that “We use wild yeast, then we use dried yeast to maintain and create good, clean, appley flavour. We also make sure we balance the types of apples. We make sure we have a good blend of all of them to give ourselves a good base cider of which we can make various products from.” 

This immensely refreshing cider has a light, champagne sparkle, with fruity apple tones and a long dry finish. The creative blend of bittersweet and dessert apples. 

An exceptional, gently sparkling cider with the fruity aroma of fresh raspberries and a crisp, dessert apple finish. A fruity, well balanced cider, a great introduction to cider. 

A natural tasting apple cider full of Westcountry character. A blend of specially selected bittersweet and dessert apples to give a long dry finish.

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Chloe Lewis

Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine. 

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