60 years of Rich’s Cider
PUBLISHED: 16:18 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:34 14 July 2016
Charlotte Skidmore looks at the history of a cider company that has been passed through the generations
Rich’s Cider Farm has been making Somerset cider since 1954, when Gordon and Betty Rich came to Mill Farm, Watchfield and began pressing apples.
When Gordon and Betty passed away, the company was passed on to their daughter Jan and her family, who continue to expand the range of great tasting ciders, staying true to their Somerset roots and without compromising on traditional methods.
They continue to harvest apples from local orchards in Somerset and they press them on the farm using the original presses and the rack and cloth method. The juice is matured in their aged oak vats, before being bottled and packaged, also on the farm.
Over the years, the family has lovingly developed a range of local, award-winning ciders, which you can taste for free when visiting the shop at Rich’s Cider Farm. Some of the range is shown in the picture above.
The family friendly farm is also open to the public throughout the year and has an on site restaurant serving traditional, locally-sourced breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cream teas and desserts. Plenty of reason to visit then, Somerset Life thinks.