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Our Story

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.

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 undoubted;y some of the best in the world (we're always looking for the best though 0 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





Lancashire Life visits Red Bank Cider

Lancashire Life visits Red Bank Cider

Lancashire Life visits Red Bank Cider - by Philippa James l Click here for the Lancashire Life Interview with Red Bank Cider

The Bolton Evening News Dec 2013

The Bolton Evening News 3.12.14

Celebration for Lancashire Cider Producer Deputy Mayor Officially Opens Red Red Bank's Premises

The Bolton Evening News - Nominee for Bolton & Bury Business Awards Sept 2014

Celebration at Business Awards - Startup Business of the Year - Runner up Click here for more info

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Real Cider Discovery Evening

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  • Medium Real Cider 500ml x 3 Bottles
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Friendly
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Vintage Dry 500ml x 3 Bottles

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  • Medium Real Cider 500ml x 3 Bottles
  • Admiral's Rum Cider
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Great cider, great service.

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Medium 500ml Bottle

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  • Fruit Combo Cider 500ml Bottle - Blueberry
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Brilliant cider !

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Real Cider Discovery Evening

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As someone who hasn't drunk cider for years due bad experiences with it and scrumpy in my student days I wasn't sure what to expect of a cider tasting in Bolton. However you have to be sociable so I went along with birthday daughter and friends. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Cider was not how I remembered it! Lee explained about each sample and I tried them all. He was very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable about his products.

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Admirals Rum Flavoured Cider 500ml

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very friendly, bought a gift pack after trying the cider previously

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Autumn Orchard Proper Cider 4.9L Bronze Award Winner

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  • Vino Spumante Prosecco 5 Star Rated
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Red Bank Cider are Craftsmen ( and women ) in the true sense of the word, Excellent !

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Medium 500ml Bottle

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  • Fruit Combo Cider 500ml Bottle - Raspberry
  • Fruit Combo Cider 500ml Bottle - Blueberry
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We were hanging around for a while without any comment from staff to say they would be with us shortly .
No where to sit and wait , I think


On 09-Sep-2017 the supplier responded:
Thanks our shop does get busy, it's great that people get to try before they buy. We trust youdidn't have too long to wait - several bar stools, and table seating are provided to relax in.

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Autumn Orchard Party Box with Gift Set plus FREE Bottle of Prosecco (DOC) 5 Star Rated

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Great service. Really friendly and passionate about their product.
Product tastes amazing and will be returning soon for more

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Fruit Cider 500ml x 3 Bottles - Blueberry

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Great cider, great service! Would recommend to anyone.

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Fruit Combo Cider 500ml Bottle - Raspberry

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  • Fruit Combo Cider 500ml Bottle - Blueberry
  • Fruit Combo Cider 500ml Bottle - Strawberry
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Had a tasting of a few different ciders and really enjoyed all of them. Really welcoming and friendly as well. The ciders are lovely! Really enjoy them ??