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Ann & Norman Stanier - owners of Dragon Orchard help bring in the harvest. Our juices are all made from tree ripened, hand picked fruit.
Winners of BBC Food and Farming Best Drinks Producers
From left to right
Simon Day, Norman Stanier, Hannah Day, Pete Brown (Judge), Ann Stanier, Valentine Warner (Awards Presenter)
A sharp cider variety, ready for harvesting!
Three Counties Cider Shop
Our store in Ledbury is stocked to the rafters with not only our own produce, but cider and other drinks from 25+ other local producers from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire (and occaisional guest ciders from further afield!)
We run two novel orchard schemes - Dragon Orchard Cropsharers and a Sponsor a Tree scheme - click on the menu for details
We host a number of tours and events throughout the year, from orchard walks and cider tastings to poetry festival events and more... See our events page for more details.
Ellis Bitter cider apple.
A full bittersweet variety, with lots of tannins and rich flavours - a lovely component in many of our blended ciders
Cool autumnal mornings are perfect for picking. Here, our Blenheim Orange trees are mostly harvested.
Cider apples ripe for harvesting. We allow the fruit to fully ripen on the tree for maximum flavour in the finished cider.
We take great care with our juice apples. These Egremont Russet are destined for our Russet & Bramley juice.
Pressing the apples
Golden juice runs from the press - a modern take on the traditional rack and cloth press. We press about 4 Tonnes per day.
Some of our range photographed in the orchard at blossom time.
Three Counties Cider Shop
Our Three Counties Cider shop can be found right in the centre of our pretty market town of Ledbury - a vibrant town with loads of unique interesting shops, cafés, pubs, and attractions.
Willow Sculptures in the orchard
We offer various events throughout the year, and we regularly host artists and sculptors during The Trumpet Art Trail and H.Art
Winter in the Orchard
Orchards can be beautiful places in snowy conditions!
The rain didn't dampen spirits at our Autumn Children's Orchard Day on Thursday 27th October 2011. Flags were flying, the men were crushing the apples and children turned up prepared to explore all that Dragon Orchard had to offer!!
A simple apple corer, peeler and slicer provided endless fun for the children and a lot of apples were eaten! Perhaps we have solved the problem of getting children to eat more fruit!
Alice Arnold our 'resident' local artist offered children opportunities to make brilliant painted cards with the use of potato and apple printing. The children's imagination and creative skills were abundant.
Pumpkin lantern carving was a great hit with some very gruesome faces, but it was very messy and great fun.
And when we thought we couldn't get much wetter, the attraction to go apple bobbing was to strong a pull! However all adults were grateful for a wonderful cup of coffee and delicious home-made cakes.
Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day. Whilst we are planning for our next year event calendar I think we may avoid Thursdays in the hope we will have a dry day!