At Red Bank Cider we're passionate about capturing the natural goodness of freshly pressed English apples to create mouth watering cider!
Red Bank Cider is off the usual beaten track for English cider and located near the southern point of Lancashires West Pennine Moors, on the Bury and Bolton border. Our name - Red Bank is derived from one of the oldest dwellings in the area, built around 1803, with views across the countryside of Bolton, Bury, Manchester and historic Lancashire.
Where do our apples come from?
As most of the 'cider' you'll see is produced industrailly from highly processed concentrates it's reassuring to know that Red Bank Cider real ciders and perries are carefully crafted from freshly pressed English apples and pears, grown in the traditonal way in the West Country.
When they are ready for harvesting the fruit is collected from orchards around Worcester and Hereford, and taken to our giant press - located just below the Malvern Hills - where the fruit is 'cold pressed' ensuring that the nutrients, vitiamins and minerals from each freshly apple are captured!
We're a family business, launched 21st June 2013 at one of the largest cider festivals in the North UK - CAMRA's Greater Manchester Cider Festival - where our "Proper Cider" was voted "Cider of the Festival" against 70 Ciders & Perries from around England and Wales. It was great to get such encouragement and support, especially when we'd literally "put so many of our apples in one basket!"
SEE THE RED BANK CIDER INTERVIEW WITH LANCASHIRE LIFE BELOW
When to comes to traditional cider good quality ingredients = good quality cider. English cider is undoubtedly some of the best in the world (we're always looking for the best though see our Blog) Our apples and fruit are sourced from sunny Herefordshire and Worcestershire (near the Malvern HIlls) from some well established English cider apple orchards and best growers we can find. We then craft the cider and wine locally at our premises; which then makes it way around the UK and globally as far as Greece and Canada, so whereever you are, email us and we'll get some of Red Bank's finest traditionally made cider direct to you!
Making craft cider is similar to country wine making, and in 2014 we made our first English Strawberry Wine from freshly pressed English Strawberries!
In June 2014 "Crackin Pear" Perry came 2nd out of all the Perries - we got a Silver, plus "Crackin Pear" won "Perry of the Festival", presented at our official opening of our premises & shop on the 29th November 2014 .
NORTH UK CAMRA - CIDER & PERRY COMPETITION 2015
Less than a year later we Red Bank received joint BRONZE AWARD for Autumn Orchard Cider - judged against around 18 ciders & perries from the North UK - A kind of a hat trick - 3 great awards in 3 years! Presented as a surprise by the CAMRA NORTH UK Representative - Mike Robinson, at a Meet the Cider Producer event at the Ashton Arms on 11th Nov 2015.
A Tale of 3 Ciders - neeach.com - A world of great food and drink
Hot on the trail to answer the question of "What is Real Cider?"
In Liz's 2nd of her 3 interesting tales about traditional cider, she writes about one of the UKs more northern cider makers - Red Bank Cider!
Liz Smith has toured home producers of West Yorkshire, to a sleepy Berkshire hamlet, between Reading and Newbury (where the producer Tutts Clump was inspired to make real cider following a visit to the Dorset Steam Fair, with cider apples souced from the traditional cider growig Counties of Gloucester, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Kent.
Liz's 3rd story is also well worth a read at www.neeach.com a-tale-of-three-ciders-part-3
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