Oliver’s Cider & PerryThe Old Hop Kilns, Moorhouse Farm, Ocle Pychard HR1 3QZ
Oliver’s Cider and Perry is the finest in Herefordshire in bottle and draught. Flavours of Herefordshire Cider & Perry Producer of the Year 2009.
Go to any cider & perry competition and it’s likely that Tom Oliver will be on the podium. He has a busy life juggling quality cider and perry alongside his other day job – tour manager for a variety of bands, from the Pretenders through to the Proclaimers.
Apples have 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 knowledgeable 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…