Join us on Wed 28th Sept 4pm – 6pm for a visit to Hunts cider farm near Stoke Gabriel. Enjoy a tour behind the scenes and find out how they manage their orchards for the benefit of wildlife as well as our palates! We will finish the tour of the cider press with a pasty and cider and juice tasting.
Communities Officer Nicky BAiley said: "Hunts have been making cider in South Devon for over 200 years. Richard Hunt is the 8th generation cider maker. This event will be a great opportunity to find out more about Hunts, and to see their new pressing and bottling facilities."
Broadleigh Farm is a West Country family farm on the outskirts of Paignton in South Devon which, together with the neighbouring towns of Torquay and Brixham, form the seaside area of Torbay. The farm is a mixed 400 acre farm stocking cattle and sheep, as well as growing barley and 18 acres of cider apple orchards.
Richard Hunt is in charge of making between 5000 - 7000 gallons of cider each year predominantly from their own apples. They sell directly from the farm gate, as well as supplying local farm shops and pubs.
The family first started selling cider in 1805 at Crabbs Park Farm, Paignton, they were farming in Paignton before then, and in all likelihood were making cider as well.
Nicholas Prout Hunt was a prominent farmer in the Paignton area in the 1800's and a director of the Paignton Harbour Company which was instrumental in getting Paignton Harbour built in the 1830's. It was estimated that the harbour could be used for the export of up to 40,000 hogsheads (or approx 2.2 million gallons) of cider per annum, as well as importing coal.
The cider industry petered out in Paignton during the agricultural depression of the 1930's. This was exacerbated by the urban growth of Paignton as it became a popular seaside resort.
In the 1950's William Hunt started to make cider again at Yalberton from apples that had previously been sold to Whiteways, the makers of cydrax.. All of the cider is made from 100% juice. Our orchards are all very old, and contain a mix of traditional cider apples. They are made up of predominantly Devonshire varieties such as Brown's apple, Sweet Alford and Tremletts Bitter.
Apple pressing has just started for the 2016 season, to find out more sign up for the tour: Booking essential, call 01803 861384. Adults £8. Meet at Broadleigh Farm, Coombe House Lane, Stoke Gabriel. TQ9 6PU