Cyder (fermented from apples) and perry (from pears) are amongst the oldest drinks produced in the UK.  As world leader, Britain is the largest cyder making country in the world and has a marvelous tradition and heritage associated with the products.  (Cyder is the term for the first pressing with nothing added;  cider is made by adding up to ten times water to the volume of apple pomage.)
This one-day course is suitable for beginners, for those interested in making cider or perry at home and for anyone with an interest in these unique, versatile and tasty products.   There will be an opportunity of tasting tutor Simon Reed's  products at lunch time.  He has a press in Kent called, "Rough Old Wife", and sells to local pubs etc.

Course content:

History, heritage and traditions of cider making
Types and use of apples & pears
Choice and care of equipment
Milling and pressing of apples & pears
Fermentation & Maturation
Blending & bottling

Click on Simon Reed's name above to see more about him.

Students'  comments:

  • Learnt more about cider making than I thought I knew.  Venue - excellent.  Course content very thorough and well organised.
  • Very helpful, gave me much more confidence and answered many questions.
  • Terrific venue, lovely spot for any course.  Really well looked after - lovely lunch.
  • Really friendly, relaxed environment.  Having lunch with the owners really added to the enjoyment of the day as it was great to listen to how it has all come together.
  • I just wanted to email to say how much we enjoyed the course – we have great ideas now for going and taking over the garage to start brewing our own!
  • Incredible location, venue, catering, welcome.  Teaching was excellent, very knowledgeale, enthusiastic, responsive.  I feel enthused and knowledgeable enough to start cyder making.  A perfect day, nice group of people.
  • Absolutely excellent all round!  Course, lunch, venue.  Thank you very much.  Congratulations to Simon & Rough Old Wife for their award today.  Pip J
  • Excellent.  The venue is fantastic, and I wish I could give extra marks for the food.
  • First rate.  I can’t wait to get stuck in!
  • Very informative!
  • Fantastic day – thoroughly enjoyed the course, great food and hospitality.  Would highly recommend and definitely look at other courses held here.  Thank you to all.
  • Many thanks – a very informative and enjoyed day.  PS  I absolutely loved the soup!
  • Learnt a lot today and enjoyed it too.


Putting the apples through the

Using the apple press.

Bottling and ....




Simon Reed
Saturday, 15 September, 2018

Times10.00 - 4.30


What to Bring

  • A few ripe apples of any variety to add to the mix
  • A small plastic bottle for a juice sample to take home
  • Strong, practical footwear
  • Overalls