Oliver's Cider & Perry
- Wheelchair Access
- Child Friendly
- Dog Friendly
- Public Transport within 5 miles
- Eco Initiatives
No tour as such, but visitors are welcome on Saturdays and possibly at other times by appointment.
There's no set format for visits, it depends on your interests. Groups visiting have included a wine club for a serious tasting, home cider-makers who wanted an in-depth insight into how Tom produces his cider and perry, and a group who wanted an overview of a small business. Get in touch to discuss your ideas.
Oliver's Perries & Ciders, in draught and bottle form
Train: Hereford, 7 miles
Bus: no 420, 100 yards
Go to any cider & perry competition and I'll bet you good money that Tom Oliver will be on the podium. How he manages to keep up this quality alongside his other day job – tour manager for a variety of bands, from the Pretenders through to the Proclaimers – goodness only knows.
Modest, Tom is the first to give credit elsewhere, but he's a bit of a pioneer and role model himself. Apples had been grown in Ocle Pychard for centuries and on the family farm for generations until his grandfather decided their time had passed and switched to hops. Tom wasn't convinced and, when hops met their demise in the late 1990s, set about rebuilding the orchards pretty much from scratch. Located in the cider/perry heartland of Much Marcle and working with like-minded farmers in the locality, Tom now has dozens of different varieties of cider apples and perry pears to call upon, and it's perry that he has become particularly well known for.
The Visitor Centre comprises his shop and tasting room – there's always a range of ciders and perries to try and someone knowledgable to chat to. There's also an activity corner for kids, plus Tom's collection of 100s of books relating to cider and perry and its many, colourful traditions. You might be lucky enough to catch the man himself…
Always happy to entertain the thought of a group visit, the day I spoke to Tom he was expecting the Mayor of Bromyard on a charity bike ride on Sunday, followed by a press contingent from China. The best way to keep in touch with Tom's activities is via his Facebook page.
Almost impossible to choose, so I've picked a few from the last few years
- Winner, Cider & Perry producer – 2010 Flavours of Herefordshire
- Bottle Conditioned Perry – 2010 Big Apple Cider & Perry Trials
- Arthur Davies Cup for outstanding cider or perry – 2009 Royal Bath & West Show
- Global Excellence award – 2009 Flavours of Herefordshire
- Wassail – January
- Biodiversity – continually encouraging the planting of old cider apple and perry pear trees
- Pomace – this is fed to the farm cattle
- Compost & recycle wherever possible
Oliver's supports numerous Herefordshire charities
The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association, Three Counties Perry Presidium (co-founder), HEFF, CAMRA, Visit Herefordshire, The Herefordshire Cider Route