Somewhere in North Dorset down a narrow lane (the kind of road where grass grows in the middle) you’ll find Kine Bush Farm. We have their cider in our Stables and we were lucky enough to be invited down to see how the magic happens.
We were welcomed by piglets and then greeted by The Master Cider Maker who is known as Bob.
This man is one of those real salt of the earth chaps. Listening to him as he drove us round the orchards in his landie was magical. To hear someone so passionate and dedicated to creating artisan ‘proper’ cider was inspiring. He knows all the secrets to creating perfect cider.
When I say this man knows his stuff he really does. Bob was awarded The Bath & West Gold Medal for his lifetime contribution to the cider industry.
He did let us in on a few secrets; did you know it takes a tonne of apples to make 650 litres of cider? That’s a lot of apples.
100 years ago cider was a real currency in Dorset.
The orchards are perfectly laid out and when we visited were in full bloom. Everything is done by hand, planting, pruning, feeding, treating and each tree has it’s own name. Annabelle is a real beauty. It’s a lot of work there’s nearly 300 acres. My jaw dropped when he told me there are 3,000 cider apple trees and a further 8,000 planned for this year.
After our trip learning all about apple and pear trees we were taken to the room where the magic happens. The cider press.
The old barn has been lovingly restored and hosts all the cider machinery. Even though the machinery is all very shiny somehow it works with the barn.
Not everything is new though. Bob showed me his Dosace De L’Alcool – this bit of kit originally from France tests the strength of this mighty fruit juice. We were lucky enough to sample a few ciders.
The award winning Landshire Medium is a still soft cider. Would be perfect with a ploughmans.
We are very grateful to our suppliers because without them none of this would be possible. Thank you Bob for a great day – keep up the hard work!