Sheppy’s is one of the oldest cider making families in the world, with a rich history that spans six generations and 200 years. The heritage of the company has recently been bought to life as the wraps are taken off Sheppy’s new showpiece visitor centre, farm shop and deli, and restaurant.
Apple Bay Bar & Restaurant
Sheppy’s House of Cider and Fine Food pays homage to the Sheppy family’s passion for crafting real cider, and love of fine food. Every room has been renovated, and each has a nod to cider-making past and present. The old apple pressing rooms has been rejuvenated, with an oak vat has been converted into a unique outside venue. This bespoke development at the family farm at Three Bridges, Bradford-on-Tone in Somerset, will also include cider tours, and is set to put Sheppy’s firmly on the map as a cider destination in the UK.
A little bit about Sheppy’s
Real cider, real knowledge and real heritage. Sheppy’s Cider is today in the hands of David Sheppy, the latest incumbent in the family’s 200-year-old dynasty, and one of the best cider makers in the world, and his wife Louisa. Master craftsman David is behind every drop of cider that carries the Sheppy’s name, and he incorporates traditional methods honed over six generations, to create them.
Cider house rules
Sheppy’s House of Cider and Fine Food is made up of a Deli and Farm Shop, a Cider Tasting area, and the Apple Bay Bar and Restaurant. Each offers the finest local artisan produce and Sheppy’s cider. The Farm Shop houses an on-site bakery delivering freshly baked bread, and a butchery selling Sheppy’s own Longhorn beef, as well as other local traditional breed meats. Fine foods dominate the Deli including artisan cheeses and pastries, while the shelves will also be stacked with Somerset chutneys and jams.
At the core
Visitors will be able to soak up the history in the handsome new Apple Bay Bar and Restaurant, now housed in the former apple pressing rooms. Locally sourced food and drink are a feature of the cafe and restaurant. The venue will also be open in the evenings offering a contemporary and cosy atmosphere in which to enjoy local beers, spirits and of course, Sheppy’s ciders. Guided tours and tastings are available on a daily basis, including a VIP tour option for small groups, who will do their tasting inside an old oak vat.
Vats the point
The new development embraces Sheppy’s impressive heritage. Huge cider making vats have pride of place in the farm shop and a stone’s throw away from the Apple Bay Bar and Restaurant proudly sits one of Sheppy’s 100-year-old oak vats. This piece of Sheppy history has been completely transformed into a quirky venue, offering visitors the ultimate cider setting for private get-togethers and celebrations.
Louisa Sheppy, who has masterminded the re-development, said: “It has been quite a journey to restore and renovate our old buildings to give them a new lease of life, but the effort has been well worth it. We are thrilled with the end result, it has exceeded all of our expectations, and will offer visitors a wonderful Somerset cider experience, alongside the chance to sample and buy some incredible food and drink, including Sheppy’ cider. We are so proud of our heritage, and House of Cider is a fitting celebration of that passion and history, a new and unique cider destination for the UK.”
Our signature range
The new development coincides with a new look for Sheppy’s award winning and discerning range of ciders. Their new packaging underlines their position as one of the oldest and most respected cider brands in the UK. It also now carries the signature of David Sheppy, a guarantee of provenance and quality.
An historical blend
To mark the opening of House of Cider, Sheppy’s will be launching a limited edition cider: Sheppy’s Iwood. This new cider includes apples grown at Iwood Farm, near Congresbury. There, 200 years ago, David’s great, great, great grandfather, John Sheppy, originally farmed and made cider. Apples from these trees are still growing at Iwood, and some were hand-picked by David and his family back in October 2015. They have been incorporated into the blend, along with vintage quality apples from Three Bridges. These 750ml, hand labelled and waxed bottles are beautifully presented in wooden boxes, and will only be available to buy from House of Cider.