Barny Butterfield

Spring News 2024

Cider Done Right, The Film. We talk about Cider Done Right a lot but it’s hard to explain what that really means in just a few words. That’s why we decided to make a film! So if you want to…

Cider Orchard

What is the West Country Cider Style?

What is the West Country Cider Style? If you are reading this, you must have at least a passing interest in cider. I suspect, in that case, that you realise that cider, just like wine, takes many different forms. Sadly,…

Cider Apples

Cider Done Right, The Film

Watch our new film... Get a glimpse behind the scenes and discover the people, places and processes involved in making our cider so special. Discover why that makes a difference and why we are Cider Done Right. “We know that…

Franklin's Night

The Battle Between the Devil and a Cider Maker

Cider and English Folklore Cider making is an ancient practice which has been a core part of life in the Crediton valley for many hundreds of years. As with anything that relies on the will of the weather gods, there…

Identifying lost apple varieties

In search of the golden apple – Identifying lost apple varieties

A couple of years ago we threw open the gates of some of our oldest orchards to a team of scientists from Bristol University. They were setting out on a project to use DNA fingerprinting to start mapping apple trees…

Fine Cider Pick and Mix Case

What Exactly is Fine Cider?

What Exactly is Fine Cider? We are all familiar with the world of fine wine, made with the finest grapes with the potential to improve as it ages, but what about fine cider? In comparison to fine wine, fine cider…

Apple cider Margarita

Winter Cider Cocktail Recipes

Who said that cocktails were just for summer? Here at Sandford Orchards, we are big fans of a warming cider cocktail. Whilst cider may not be the most common ingredient in a typical cocktail, it can be the perfect ingredient.…

How To Make The Perfect Mulled Cider

Introduction We’re fast approaching our favourite time of year – the festive period. And with that comes Christmas markets, social get-togethers, work parties and all the other things that come together to make Christmas and New Year such a memorable…

Cider Apples

Craft Cider Making Calendar

Intro: There are many important dates in the cidermakers’ calendar, each of which are vital to producing the perfect cider. As well as the well-known processes associated with cidermaking, such as fermentation, filtration and bottling, there are also key cultural…

Cider Recipe Series: BBQ Pulled Pork Belly

Cider Recipe Series: BBQ Pulled Pork Belly

Of all the ways to cook pork, BBQ pulled pork belly has to be the most spectacular. When done right, it can be absolutely epic and a real crowd-pleaser. Scoring the skin, marinading in your favourite sauce, smoking times: it…