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How it begins - Herefordshire Redstreak

The Tale of Bartestree Cider - Photo Gallery

  • Fitting top beam Fitting top beam The start of the project!
  • Moving the press Moving the press September 2013 – half of the village turned out to move the Victorian twin-screw press into place. Thanks to all those who helped.
  • Empty press Empty press Got to start somewhere.
  • Brandy Brandy Lovely-looking red pear with a fleshy stem. From the same garden as the Harley Gum.
  • Breakwell Seedling Breakwell Seedling A Monmouthshire bitter-sharp, making a lovely light and fruity cider with a good apple flavour. These were sourced from south Herefordshire.
  • Brown Snout Brown Snout A famous old Herefordshire variety, originating in the village of Yarkhill. Named for the ring of russet around the eye. Makes a soft tannic cider, ideal for blending.
  • Browns Apple Browns Apple The famous Devon sharp, coveted by craft cidermakers everywhere. Hand picked for us within a mile of our press.
  • Gilly Gilly One of NACM’s new generation cider apples, and described by them as a bitter-sharp, but tasting to me like a mild sharp. Picked within a mile of Bartestree.
  • Harley Gum Harley Gum A new variety to me, and this old tree grows in someone’s garden in the next village.
  • Hastings Hastings Another new generation apple, this one a full-flavoured bitter-sweet.
  • Hellen's Early Hellen's Early A favourite pear of mine, the variety is derived from Hellen’s House in Much Marcle. In a good year gives a sweet, peary perry. Ours were sourced from just over the border in Gloucestershire.
  • Hereford Chisel Jersey Hereford Chisel Jersey Not Chisel Jersey at all, but another Somerset bitter-sweet called Sandford Jersey, planted instead by mistake in some Herefordshire orchards. Ours came from two sites not far from the village.
  • Herefordshire Redstreak Herefordshire Redstreak Some doubt as to the identity of this one, but it seems to fit what sketchy descriptions I can find. A sharp, found in the grounds of an old Herefordshire court house.
  • Holmer Holmer A tiny little pear, wider than it is long. Derived from the eponymous Hereford suburb, but ours were picked in Gloucestershire.
  • Holmer 2 Holmer 2 A tiny little pear, wider than it is long. Derived from the eponymous Hereford suburb, but ours were picked in Gloucestershire.
  • Moorcroft Moorcroft Also known as ‘Malvern Hills’ and ‘Stinking Bishop’, a pear known for making a pale, delicate perry. We’ve found two trees – one in our village, and one near Hereford.
  • Oldfield Oldfield Another huge old tree near Hereford, must have had over half a tonne of pears on it.
  • Painted Lady Painted Lady A lovely-looking yellow and red early season pear. For years I had no idea what variety it was, and then good old Jim Chapman at Hartpury Open Day put me right.
  • Red Longdon Red Longdon Can produce a perry with a red fruit flavour. Another from the same garden as the Harley Gum.
  • Summer Pear tree Summer Pear tree The orchard.
  • Summer Pears Summer Pears A few pears.
  • Summer Pear 1 Summer Pear 1 The fruit
  • Tremlett's Bitter 1 Tremlett's Bitter 1 A Somerset bitter-sweet, providing a good rich base for a blend. I got a tip-off that a few loaded trees were lurking not far from Bartestree.
  • Tremlett's Bitter 2 Tremlett's Bitter 2 A Somerset bitter-sweet, providing a good rich base for a blend. I got a tip-off that a few loaded trees were lurking not far from Bartestree.
  • White Longdon White Longdon From an old tree in the our village. A Gloucestershire variety.
  • Yarlington Mill Yarlington Mill The widely grown Somerset bitter-sweet apple. Ours were kindly donated to us by a new cidermaker in the next village.
  • Dave and Taffi Dave and Taffi Man and his best freind!
  • Fiona and Will picking pears Fiona and Will picking pears The workers!
  • Fiona and the mill Fiona and the mill Fruit ready for the mill.
  • Juice pouring from press Juice pouring from press Juice.
  • Roman Road Roman Road Cider in the pump.
  • Brandy Perry Brandy Perry Perry in the pump.
  • Yarkhill 2014 - Dave at stall Yarkhill 2014 - Dave at stall
  • Yarkhill 2014 - Dave and Fiona Yarkhill 2014 - Dave and Fiona