Award Winning Craft Cider

Delightful & Surprising

Award Winning Craft Cider

Delightful & Surprising

About us

About us

We use a large range of interesting and unusual fruits in the production of our award winning ciders. Heritage varieties from our own orchards are blended with traditional Kent orchard fruits.

Apples & Pears...

We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a huge variety of apples and pears here in Faversham, which include over 80 hard to find Cider varieties from the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm. So from the common Bramley to the interestingly named “Slack Me Girdle”, we find ways to blend and create our “Rustic yet Refined” range of traditional Kentish craft ciders.

Traditional Ciders

Our Traditional Cider range combines hand pressed heritage varieties with local apples pressed by our friends at Moor Organics in Teynham to create our range of truly contemporary craft cider. A mix of the very best of the old and the new.

Pear Cider

Our Pear Cider is blended from a mixture of Commice and Conference pears, again sourced from growers around Faversham. We have been very fortunate to win second place at the National Cider Competition with our Pear Cider and hope you will give this subtle blend a try.

Hops, Strawberries, Damsons & Elderflower...

Henderson’s Ciders

Seasonal apple traditions and the English hedgerows are celebrated in our Henderson’s Cider range and our Limited Edition Ciders.  Henderson’s represents the more playful and innovative side to our endeavours. It’s a range of contemporary ciders flavoured with spices, toffee and elderflower.

Limited Edition Ciders

Hand pressed Limited Edition craft ciders are flavoured with green hops, strawberries and damsons. A unique craft cider treat from the Garden of England.


Meet the makers

Meet the makers

Growing up in rural Kent I developed a love of the countryside and the outdoors from an early age. As a young lad roaming in fields and woodland, and later as a teen working through the seasons in orchards pruning and picking I have have never been far from apples.

Our Story

Like may people I went onto make a successful career by working hard and sitting indoors. Luckily this is how I met Serena. Newly married we wanted to find a new challenge, something we could do together as a business that would connect us with the seasons and enable us to utilise some of the huge quantity of Kentish apples on our doorstep.

Through a fortuitous chain of events we met a cider maker who was looking to retire from his orchard and give up his cider making equipment. After some negotiation we struck a deal, part of which was the benefit of his many years of cider making experience. And so the Kent Cider Co was formed.

Eight years later we are proud to be part of a flourishing Real Cider industry making our own contributions to this delicious, complex and often potent drink. Our mission has always been to create something exciting for the drinker and challenging to ourselves as a producer: ciders with depth, unique flavors and finishes – that celebrate the seasons and diversity of apple traditions.

We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we have making them.


Traditional Cider Making

Henderson’s Contemporary Ciders

We make our heritage apple juice using the traditional rack and cloth method on ‘Alice’ – our one hundred and fifty year old Oak Cider Press.

Limited Edition - Hand Pressed Ciders

Alice: our 150 year old cider press

We make our heritage apple juice using the traditional rack and cloth method on ‘Alice’ – our one hundred and fifty year old Oak Cider Press. Each pressing makes around five hundred litres of heritage apple juice that brings specific notes and flavours to our traditional cider range. Whenever possible we allow wild yeast fermentation to make our base ciders. We never tire of the moment of excitement that comes when the process of fermentation begins!

Limited Edition Ciders

We are constantly working on new and interesting blends as well as finding ways to improve our existing range. As well as producing our traditional and contemporary ciders, we take great pleasure in producing small, limited runs of interesting, fun and unusual ciders which are only available directly from us at shows and sometimes via our webshop.

Farmhouse Cider – from Oak Casks

There has been a long, colorful history of Farmhouse Cider production in Kent and we wanted to continue that tradition. Each season a selection of our finest ciders are locked down in Oak Casks for a minimum of 12 months to become our much loved Farmhouse Cider. Farmhouse Cider is only available from us at shows, so to sample this wonderful blend stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

Seasonal Ciders

Kent’s abundance of fruits and hops are the inspiration behind our other Limited Edition Ciders. These include our Kentish Green Hop Cider, Real Strawberry Cider – yes with real strawberries –  and the delicious Damson Cider – a small plum-like summer fruit – foraged from the hedgerows around Faversham. What better way to enjoy the fruits of the Garden of England.

Heritage Apple Ciders

Depending on cropping of heritage apple varieties we make some rare and wonderful ciders that hark of times long past. They are always made in small volumes on ‘Alice’ our much loved 150 year old Oak Cider Press and then transformed through wild yeast fermentation into short run heritage ciders.

Cider Traditions

Cider Traditions

It is a pleasure and a privilege to continue this ancient practice in the long history of Cider making and its rituals and festivals form a natural part of our Cider year.

Cider Traditions

It is a pleasure and a privilege to continue this ancient practice in the long history of Cider making and its rituals and festivals form a natural part of our Cider year.

We follow numerous traditional orchard practices, including an annual Wassail and Blossom Day, both of which give us time to relax amongst the trees, give thanks for the previous year’s harvest and ask for a fruitful coming season.

The Wassail, or Yowling as it is known in Kent derives from pagan times. Wassail or Wass Hal means Be Thou of Good Health. The time of the wassail varied from Christmas Eve to old Twelfth Night. Participants carried jugs of cider into the orchards, drank good health to the trees and the anticipated next year’s crop, and poured cider around the tree roots. During the wassailing a great deal of noise was created by banging pots and pans. Wheat flour cakes were eaten at these ceremonies and small pieces of the cake were dipped in cider and placed in the forks of the trees as a thanksgiving to the spirit of the tree.

Stand fast twig, bear well top,
God send thee a yowling crop,
every twig, apples big, every bough, apples enow.

Hats full! caps full!
Half bushel bags full!
And my pockets full too! Huzzah!

These pictures are from one of our own Wassails where we were joined by Dead Horse Morris for the celebrations and more than a bit of Yowling.

The history of Cider in Kent

A short history of Kentish cider

When we began Kent Cider Co we couldn’t help but research the history of cider making in our local area. We hope you will enjoy this short history and find it as fascinating as we do. Especially the bit about our native Teynham.

The Romans discover cider drinkers in Kent

When the Romans arrived they were reported to have found local Kentish villagers drinking a delicious cider like beverage made from apples. How long they had been making this drink prior to the arrival of the Romans is unknown. Roman army veterans were given settlements on which to grow fruit as an inducement to stay, and thus apple orchards were introduced to Britain. Following the Roman occupation there were waves of invasions of Britain by the Jutes, Saxons, and Danes which led to abandonment of the orchards.

St. Augustin and the monastic cider orchards

When Christianity was re-established in England (in Kent in AD 597 by St. Augustin), orchards were established in monasteries. The monasteries housed both men and women and were self-sufficient. Despite repeated Viking attacks the majority survived. A manuscript (circa 1165) of part of the plan of the garden of Christ Church monastery in Canterbury shows a pomerium – an apple garden, consisting of apples and pears for eating and apples for cider making.

Henry VIII & The Orchards in Teynham

The Black Death and the Wars of the Roses led to a decline in fruit cultivation, but this decline was reversed by Henry VIII. In 1533, Richard Harris, fruiterer to the king, began a programme of importation of apple trees from France and apple growing underwent a large expansion. Harris planted a model orchard at Teynham which was used to distribute trees to other growers. (We are enormously proud that two of the orchards we use are in Teynham).

The Real Cider Resurgence

Apple orchards were extensively planted in Kent in the 16–17th centuries. The bulk of these apples were used for cider making. English cider making peaked around the mid 17th century when almost every farm had its own cider orchard and press.

Cider regained its popularity during the 20th century, but demand was largely for the mass produced variety. We are glad to say that in the last few years there is a renewed interest in traditional real cider that has been and is still poorly imitated by the big name producers.

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