The opening of Sheppy’s House of Cider and Fine Foods on Friday 21 April marks the final stage of a year-long renovation project for the Sheppy family.
Old farm buildings including the iconic tower and the former shop have been transformed into a deli, butchery, restaurant and bar but retaining the old cider vats and making use of recycled crates and oak beams have created ‘a modern industrial-style space’. Sheppy’s famous ciders are on sale as well as local craft beers and ales.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and casual lunch dining 7 days a week and an a la carte menu is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Apple Bay Bar is situated in the part of the building once used for storing apples in wooden bays and in the former press room.
The attention paid to retaining all the traditional features of the cider farm but providing a suitable setting for shoppers, diners and visitors results in a warm, startlingly attractive venue. Tribute is paid to the past – and the Sheppy family have been making cider at the farm for 200 years – and to the future. Just as David Sheppy is today blending traditional skills with modern technology to produce a range of ciders, so the blend of old and new have been incorporated into the development.
Cider tasting and guided tours of the cider-making process are available. Details and booking on www.sheppyscider.com.
And more may follow. There’s the possibility of the huge wooden cider vat on the patio of the new House of Cider being converted into a unique bar.