Broughton Bank Perry and Cider

'Perry and Cider as they are meant to be'
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Meet Ciderman!

Welcome! I'm John Hibbert and I live at Broughton Bank, just north of Cartmel in southern Cumbria. This is where I plant, pick and press apples (and pears) to make cider and perry. This is certainly not supermarket cider. It's a very special drink. Pay me a visit. Follow the signs and have a taste. You'll be glad you did!
'Get some cider inside your inside!'

How's it done, Ciderman?

Well, in the beginning there's ...

Planting and Picking

... we planted the trees, perry pear and cider apple varieties. That began in 2007 (you can see our tree map here) with vintage Perry Pear and Cider Apple trees. By 2015 we were finally getting a small harvest.
The picking season lasts from early August, for really early fruit, to late October, sometimes even November. When other people’s fruit is used they get a commission.
Then, after each year's harvest there's...

Crushing and Juicing

Fruit is crushed in a mill and juice extracted in a press. Now the natural yeasts in the fruit take over the fermentation process. Specific gravity is measured before and after fermentation: the difference tells us the alcohol content.


Most fermentation happens before Christmas, the yeasts produce carbon dioxide from the fruit sugars and the breathers on each vat bubble away to themselves. During that time the juice is ‘racked’ at least once to remove sediment and keep the fermentation on track. There may be further fermentation as the ambient temperature rises in springtime.

Fermentation ends when the simple sugars have been consumed by the yeasts and turned into alcohol. The result is dry Cider or Perry.
and when it's ready to drink do you like it ...

Dry or not so dry?

Perry doesn't need sweetening, as pears contain sugars which are not consumed by natural yeasts. While it usually has a dry aftertaste, it's less dry than dry Cider. It's an unusal drink which is almost unknown these days, only kept alive by Francis Showering who made the very sweet Babycham.

People from the West Country will be used to Dry Cider, but those without that upbringing prefer a sweeter drink. It’s worth remembering that those same people may be happy with a tonsil-tickling dry Sauvignon blanc, so it does seem it may be a matter of conditioning, though, to be fair, some of the dry Cider is pretty dry!

So, at this point there’s a difference in the way Ciders are produced, whether dry or not. It has to be remembered that the liquid still has live yeasts in it so any added sugar will restart the fermentation process.

Anything added?

Nothing is added to the dry versions, except where they are bottled, when a small amount of sugar may be added to wake up the yeasts and give a little fizz on opening. Not all of the dry cider is fizzy.

We use Organic Raw Cane Sugar to make the Cider sweeter. You may have heard of homemade Cider bottles exploding, because the extra sugar has restarted fermentation, creating excess pressure.

To stop the fermentation starting again in sweetened Cider, we use Campden tablets, containing sodium meta-bisulphite – you’ll often read on wine bottles “Contains Sulphites”. Many other things are added to wine without mention: flavourings, special yeasts and sweeteners. According to EU law, drinks over 1.8% ABV do not have to show their ingredients on the label: why the secrecy?

Organic Raw Cane Sugar and sulphite are the only things added to Broughton Bank drinks.
then getting it ready to take away in ...


The crushing and re-use of glass has been a success story of recycling, but why not re-use bottles? Re-use is common in many countries. Some of us are old enough to remember the dayswhen most bottles carried a deposit, refunded when the bottle was returned to the shop where they were bought.

We re-use screw top wine bottles if people bring us enough. They are pressure washed and steam cleaned inside. The old label glue can be impossible to remove, so apologies if you come across one with some residual stickiness.

Larger quantities (5, 10 & 20 Litres) are supplied in bags in boxes with a tap, though we do have glass containers of 2 litres and a gallon (4.75 litres) on request.

The containers are then filled, labelled and stoppered, by hand.
... all ready for you!

Why it's worth doing it like this

Many people have become aware how additives in food are affecting us in unexpected ways. We avoid additives wherever possible, and always offer products that have nothing added at all.

We use apples that would otherwise go to waste.  It’s hard for orchard owners to find the time to deal with them while they’re fresh.  Broughton Bank Cider and Perry try to use those apples as well as their own. 

People who let us pick their fruit receive a commission in Cider or Perry,  or fresh juice.  They get even more if they pick them themselves!
am I mad or stupid? you ask, but ...

We respect our health of and the health of our environment.
We produce Perry and Cider that is natural,  unprocessed and locally sourced,  and packaged as sustainably as possible, even though it’s more laborious. 

Natural yeasts help our bodies in many ways,  increasing the variety of beneficial microbes we are exposed to,  especially local ones,  strengthening our bodies’ natural defences.

Cider and Perry have been produced in Britain for generations and the tradition is part of our culture and worth maintaining.
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Cartmel Valley in morning mist

Now Perry and Cider Vinegar too

Sometimes the Cider brew goes off track and it can produce the bacteria that makes vinegar, complete with natural vinegar ‘mother’ with all its health-giving properties. We now offer vinegar from Perry and Cider too.
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Come and try it!

We sell direct to the public only from Broughton Bank.

Address:                Broughton Bank, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 7SH


Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5pm, Sundays midday - 4pm
Map of the area - it's just by Broughton Bank Cottage from Cartmel Holiday Cottages

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Finding Broughton Bank Perry and Cider

From Cartmel take the main road north towards Newby Bridge. Leaving Cartmel village and in open farmland, take the first left turn. Follow this road past Aynsome Manor Hotel and up the hill at Greenbank. Pass Greenbank Farm on the bend and at the top bear right at the junction.
After 400 yards / 0.25 miles the driveway is on the left.

There’s another route, avoiding Cartmel, south from the A590 via Field Broughton. It avoids the steep hills on minor roads which aren’t gritted in cold weather. Turn left off the A590 by Staveley, just after the end of the dual carriageway, signed ‘Cartmel 4’.
Carry on for about 2½ miles before turning right for Wood Broughton, the 3rd right hand turning in quick succession after Field Broughton church. After ½ mile bear left, again for Wood Broughton. After 600 yards / 0.3 miles the driveway will be on the right.

There’s a sign saying “Broughton Bank” to the left of the gateway. follow the drive up to the house and park beside it. Walk round the house to the right and follow the track to the barn and outbuildings.

Navigating by satnav, take care when using the postcode as it points considerably further (3 – 400 yards) to the northeast; the decimal latitude / longitude co-ordinates are 54.218945, 2.9549446. Always worth stopping off at Cartmel!

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What my customers are saying

100% NON-genuine drinkers' reviews

John's cider is lovely!

John Smith Cider Lovers UK

Proper cider like you'd get in the West Country.


You can taste the apples and the sunshine. Bliss to sit in the garden and sip a glass of cider.


Cider vinegar available now too. So many medicinal uses.


So pleased to find a real artisan cider maker.


If you have any spare apples, get in touch with Ciderman. He'll come and pick them and you get cider in return!

The important question
How much is my cider?
I'm sure you'll agree it's worth it


for 75cls

  • Screw top for easy access
  • Sustainable - most bottles are reused: washed under pressure inside and out then steam cleaned inside
  • Alcohol by volume varied by batch
  • Don't forget to try the Perry

Bulk - 5, 10 and 20 litre bags in a box

per 5 litre box

per 10 litre box

per 20 litre box

  • For when you've got company
  • Publicans please note
  • Makes perfect party punch
  • Give them something different
  • Cider on tap

Perry and Cider Vinegars

for 250ml

  • Convenient and handy
  • Excellent in salads
  • Delicious added to water for a refreshing drink

Pubs canny enough to serve my cider

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