The idea for Red Bank Cider came in 2012. We discovered real cider and as we fancied a change, took a leap launching in 2013 as Bolton and Bury's 1st Cider Producer. It was a big challenge as many people, and a surprising number of bars and restaurants don't realise they're missing out on a lovely English drink!
Our vision is that everyone deserves a decent pint, but often there's a long way to go to find one! We also wanted a genuinely "green" or circular economy business with a culture of natural sustainability at its heart. Unlike brewing beer or distilation, cider making has the advantage that it does not require high temperatures or large amounts of electricity. Red Bank Cider aims to be a business that gives more than it takes from our natural eco-systems.
In this belief, lies our mission....
We put our heart and soul in to making the best ciders and perries you can find. To us, a decent pint is one which is crafted as naturally as possible with freshly pressed whole fruit, fermented and matured for at least 9 months, with no added colours or artificial sweeteners!
Our passion for capturing all the natural goodness of English apples creates the mouth watering cider that our customers enjoy. So that's the "why" and "how" we came about, and we hope you'll join us in our mission to help spread the word about real cider!
Visit us, give real cider a try, and see how good Red Bank Cider tastes compared with manufactured drinks! If you can't get down - try a Fantastic Mixed Case Reserve! It's a great mix of most of our ciders and perries in one case - like a mini cider festival.
Thank you for supporting a small business!
Lee & Anita
Our big "To Do List" at Red Bank Cider
Please see our FAQ's section for more information on aspects such as recycling!
Off the usual beaten track!
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 from highly processed concentrates it's reassuring to know that Red Bank Cider real ciders and perries are crafted from freshly pressed English apples and pears, grown in 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, vitamins 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.
SEE THE RED BANK CIDER INTERVIEW WITH LANCASHIRE LIFE BELOW
When it comes to traditional 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 at our premises over a period of 9 months, and then we let it mature - like a fine wine!
Red Bank Cider often makes it way around the UK and globally as far as Greece and Canada, so where ever you are, you can order online or email us and we'll get some to you!
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
AWARD WINNER -
NORTH UK CAMRA - CIDER & PERRY COMPETITIONS
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 on the 29th November 2014 .
NORTH UK CAMRA - CIDER & PERRY COMP 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.!!
The Bolton Evening News Dec 2013
The Bolton Evening News 3.12.14
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