Sheppy’s Cider farm shop and tea room is due to reopen in newly refurbished premises on 21st April after a year of rebuilding work.
Lousia Sheppy said: “We’re delighted to be coming to the end of what has been an ambitious development and to open the doors to our regulars and new visitors. They will be amazed how much has changed and we’re looking forward to offering everyone a wonderful experience of Somerset.”
The new facilities include a House of Cider and Fine Foods cheese shop, delicatessen and a bakery and the bays where apples were stored before pressing have become the Apple Bay Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant will serve home-made breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas both indoors and outside and an evening restaurant menu will be available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There will also a new butchery selling the farm’s own English Longhorn beef as well as lamb and locally sourced meat.
Mrs Sheppy added: “The finishing touches are just being completed ready for April 21 when we will open our doors to visitors to the new House of Cider and Fine Foods and start a new era of tourism. We have spent a year investing in the redevelopment of our old farm buildings to create a fabulous new experience for local and travelling visitors.”
The renovation promises to preserve the century of cider-making history in the buildings but with contemporary comforts and facilities. Guided tours with tasting opportunities will still be available.