Apple pressing at Swafield Hall, Thursday 4th October 2018

We spent the whole day and early evening chopping, scratting and pressing apples – of various sorts and flavours – to produce approximately 450 litres of juice which is now in the big fermenting bins.

Thanks to everybody for some very hard work and Tim and Dom for feeding and watering the gang. Lovely pizzas and apple tarts (Dominique) plus teas, coffees and a few glasses of our delicious cider.
We finished the day around 7.15 pm, some of us still there … and returning the next morning to do the cleaning.

Michele took several measurements with the hydrometer to try to get an idea of the specific gravity of the cider in the three barrels. The readings vary from 1045 to 1050 approx. This points to a potential ABV of 5.2 to 6.1% degrees of alcohol in the finished cider provided all goes well with the fermentation…

On Friday together with Boris we fixed the fermentation locks and added a little vodka (rather than water) in the locks. It kills bacteria and minimises the risk of contamination of the juice at this early stage.

If the weather is as good and warmish as promised next week it should make for a strong fermentation and bubbling to be heard and seen.
We live in hope.

More updates and photos to come.


Our new chopper


We have now found a new & efficient chopper to scrat our apples before pressing them. The device is a bit complicated as it only runs jointly with the sit-on lawn mower. But the chopping goes quickly and cuts apples down to a good size for the press. The twins definitely enjoy using it!

Village Fetes and new Outlets

Where you can try & buy our cider

We are delighted that Cromer Farmshop now has taken “Horatia’s Tipple” on board, as well as our unpasteurised cider vinegar.

Also, the Vernon Arms (Southrepps) will now offer our bottled cider – last year they had our “Trunchy Jack”, the flat cider coming in “bags in a box”.

Come and try our cider & vinegar at village summer fetes

  • We will have a stall at Swafield Village Fete on 26 June, from 1pm – 4pm.
  • You can also try and purchase our cider and vinegar at Trunch Scarecrow and Open Gardens Festival, on 17 July, 10am – 4pm. Our stall will be on the paddock near Trunch pub, on Mundesley Road.


Xmas Market at Groveland farm shop: our Trunch Cider stall

On Saturday 28th November, we set up our stall for cider tasting at Groveland Farm Shop. It was an early start for the first shift, Christine and Katherine set up the display with colourful tray on pale green tablecloth, posters of ruby red fruit, several bottles of “Horatia’s Tipple” artfully positioned and more red apples in a bowl… Susanne and Michele followed on for the next 2 hours, then Val and Pam closed shop after their stint. Many enquiries were made about our cooperative as visitors set about tasting our production. A bit too dry for some, a bit too sweet for others… Superb taste for a few of our public. Well, I think we will keep to our formula…


Groveland Taster Day

Saturday 28 November, 10am – 4pm

If you would like to try and buy Trunch Cider, please visit our stall at the coming Taster Day at Groveland Farmshop (Roughton) on 28 November. There will be a lot of other great delicacies to try – so why not grab a few yummy Christmas presents?