Temple Cider

Making small batch, craft cider on our farm in West Dorset.

Temple Cider Dorset Farm Sign

Temple Cider is an artisanal Dorset cider maker, situated immediately to the north of Pilsdon Pen Iron Age hillfort. We create authentic, full-juice real cider, and perry, with the utmost attention to detail, for fine tasting results. We harvest ripe apples from the ground by hand and then press them in small batches in the cider shed on our farm.

Our award-winning delicious Dorset ciders are made from only freshly pressed local apples, with minimal intervention. They are suitable for vegans and are gluten free.

IWSC award-winning ciders

IWSC Awards Bronze Medal
IWSC Awards Bronze Medal
IWSC Awards Bronze Medal

We are delighted to have won:

  • three bronze awards at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2023 tasting of 100% juice, not-from-concentrate ciders
  • two bronze awards at the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s 2021 tasting of 100% juice, not-from-concentrate ciders

Praise and plaudits

The Observer

Our Yarlington Mill & Michelin keeved 2021 featured in the October 2023 edition of The Observer’s Food Monthly magazine. The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook, awarded it 4 stars out of 5 in a blind tasting, with these comments:
Nice mousse, nice bubbles. Gosh; spice, clove, leather on the nose – big, tannic, western counties cider. Tongue-rasping astringency – a real textural beast, just lacking a touch of softness. Great! It’s for anybody into orange wine.

National Collection of Cider & Perry

A director of The National Collection of Cider & Perry at Middle Farm, Lewes, told us:
I’ve been selling (English/Welsh) cider for upwards of 30 years and have seen trends in the business come and go, but what has always stood out is attention to detail and intrinsic honesty. Your ciders seriously excite the whole team here. Thank you so much. Keep up the great work. My son is a winemaker of some considerable talent and he, like me, wholly appreciates the care and skill that has so obviously gone into the crafting of these ciders. Believe you me he is not easily impressed!

Where to buy our cider

We have a new online shop where you can buy our ciders for home delivery. They are also stocked in a number of local shops. Trade enquiries welcome.

Our small cidery, in what was once the old milking parlour, is situated on our farm near Beaminster, Dorset. We are open to visitors by appointment, so if you would prefer to visit to buy cider, just contact us beforehand to arrange your visit. We are about a 20-minute drive from both Bridport and Lyme Regis.

As well as bottled ciders, we have draught bag-in-box ciders available, and also live, keg-conditioned ciders. The keg ciders are naturally sparkling ‘pet nat in keg’, for a fine, luxurious fizz. We have recently released three live, naturally sparkling ciders in cans. As far as we know, this can-conditioning is a first for cider.

How we make our Dorset cider

We harvest ripe fruit by hand from the ground, from trees in traditional unsprayed orchards. Most of the fruit comes from our own orchards, but we also harvest from some other small orchards close by.

Orchard in blossom

After a thorough wash in natural spring water, we take care to remove any fruit that is not in tip-top condition.

After pressing, on our sturdy rack-and-cloth press, we let the natural fermentation process perform its magic. The resulting cider is full-juice, authentic and delicious; cider as we think it is meant to be.

As of 2022, we also started to harvest and press perry pears. It’s now 2024 and we are beginning our first perry releases. First is a Hendre Huffcap and Winnal’s Longdon draught perry which is available to trade customers via Eebria, and is also available in 10L Bag in Boxes from our webshop. It’s only a small batch so won’t be around for long.

Look out for news of more perry releases, in other formats, soon.

Perry Pears