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Grand Opening of the NEW Once Upon A Tree ShopAlthough somewhat later than originally planned, we have finally managed to build and open our new orchard shop!

This weekend, the 31st July, we are having a "Grand Opening"day, and you are very welcome to come along for a welcome drink of cider or juice, and join us for a complementary "Orchard Days" poetry walk and tour through our orchards, where Norman will talk you through the growing season, punctuated with poems from the Orchard Days poetry book by Charles Bennet. There will be free tastings of Juice, Cider and Perry, as well as other Herefordshire produce.

As an extra incentive, we are offering:

10% discount on all Once Upon A Tree Cider, Perry, Juice and Preserves all weekend.

The fun starts at 11am on Saturday 31st July!

The shop is now open from 10am to 3pm Wednesday to Saturday. Click here for directions - Visit

Here is a PDF of our little flyer if you would like a closer look!

Ribston Lawn Wins 1st International Cider CompetitionEarlier today (12th May 2010), we were delighted to be awarded 1st place for Best Bottle Fermented Cider or Perry at the International Cider and Perry Competition held at the Hereford Cider Museum. "Sparkling Success" Press Release can be downloaded here.

"This was the first time I had ever attempted to make a perry" explains Cider Maker Simon Day "there is a lot of mystery surrounding perry production and it is certainly more challenging than cider making, but I felt that by following traditional Champagne methods, we could achieve the best expression of flavours, delivered with elegance and finesse"

Ribston Lawn was launched in October last year to critical acclaim, but with limited numbers available it is unlikely to be available for too much longer.

"We have more from the 2009 harvest, but it takes 12 months ageing on yeast lees in bottle to reach a perfect balance of fruit and bready, brioche notes" adds Simon "so come and get it while you still can!"

The Ribston Lawn Perry is an unusual and rather special alternative to Champagne or sparkling wine and has already been selected to be served at a number of foodie weddings, particularly for those looking to source good food and drink locally.

Ribston Lawn is available direct from the Orchard Shop, via mail order, or through a good number of stockists.

The Dragon Orchard Shop - click for larger imageOur little fledgling shop did so well over Christmas, and such was the positive response from everyone who came and found us, that we have decided to do it again with a small shop open from Easter onwards.

From the 31st March we will be open to the public from 10am until 3pm Wednesday to Sunday until Christmas.

We are waiting for planning permission at the moment, so for the time being we will be operating from our existing Cider Shed, but we hope to have built a wooden building next to the orchard in time for the Big Apple Blossomtime celebrations May 2nd and 3rd.

We will be offering:

  • Cider, Perry and Apple Juice Tastings and Sales
  • Orchard walks (if it's good weather, come and have a picnic in the orchards)
  • Work by local artists, and other local food producers
  • Tea, coffee and cakes available
  • Group tours by prior arangement
Hope to see you soon!

Blenheim hamperAward Winning producers Once Upon a Tree open the doors to their Dragon Orchard shop selling their full range of ciders & apple juice and a selection of locally made gifts and produce.

Partner Hannah Day said: “Its time to celebrate so come along and chose a selection of cider for gifts or to accompany your Christmas meals from Turkey to Christmas pud! We have homemade preserves and local gifts available too, ready to create the prefect hamper. The shop is open every day between 10am and 3pm until 20th December, it’ll be great to see you.”

Hops & Bees stained glass

“Once Upon A Tree brings cider to the dinner table”, explains Hannah whose husband Simon has a background in wine production,It was our intention at the outset of the company to make cider and perry that would accompany and enhance good food & to make ciders to savour! Simon uses his winemaking skills to capture the true characters of the apples in the juice and ciders which are presented in clear wine bottles with wine style labels to reinforce the message that these ciders are ideal to enjoy with food.”

The Day’s moved to Putley 9 years ago and teamed up with Ann & Norman Stanier whose Dragon Orchard has been in the family for 80 years. The first two harvests saw production of up to 10,000 bottles of cider, but they are currently finishing this Geese in snowyears harvest which has seen a four-fold expansion in production. Once Upon A Tree produce is available at the new shop and from local retailers.

Our recently released Champagne method Chapel Pleck Sparkling Perry, is great for celebrating and our pudding cider, Blenheim Superb, is the first of its kind produced in the UK. We use ice-wine production processes, freezing the juice to give a sweet concentrated juice which is perfectly partnered with dessert.”
Adds Hannah

Download our Christmas Shop leaflet here and our Hamper flyer here

Christmas Shopping at Dragon Orchard

Leave the hustle & bustle of big-city shopping behind
Taste & buy our award winning ciders, perry, apple juice & preserves
Local foodie hampers & gifts
Mulled cider & mince pies
Orchard walks
Work by local artists
Plenty of parking

We're proud to announce the release of two new products, to be launched at the Hereford Food Festival on the 25th - 26th October. Read our Press Release Here (PDF)

Ribston Lawn Perry – Traditional Method Sparkling Perry, made with Blakeney Red perry pears grown in an old traditional perry orchard at Ribston Lawn in nearby Much Marcle. This perry has elegance and finesse, with subtle fruit notes and a creamy brioche mouthfeel. Brut style sparkling to accompany a celebration, or partner with light meat dishes or good soft cheeses.

Blenheim Orange – A unique product for the UK, taking the principles of ice-wine production and applying them to apples! Blenheim Orange apples were chosen for their delicate flavour and balance. The juice was frozen and allowed to thaw yielding a terrifically sweet concentrated juice, that was fermented to 7.5% abv leaving very high residual sugar levels. Perfect partnered with dessert, or with good strong hard cheeses.

We're delighted to be named as finalists at this years Flavours of Herefordshire awards again this year. Come and see us at the show and taste our new products on the 25th and 26th October!


13th May 2009 - We've just been awarded the OVERALL CHAMPION'S CUP, CIDER and PERRY for our Kingston Black 2008 Cider at the International Cider and Perry Competition 2009 - Once Upon A Tree has just celebrated its first anniversary. Winning this award has to be the best birthday present possible. After a successful first year of trading, we are planning to grow the company significantly, and this has provided a further boost to our confidence.”

We were also recognised in the awards for presentation for the second year running. The cider is sold in clear wine bottles with wine style labels to reinforce the message that these ciders are ideal to enjoy with food.

It was my intention at the outset of the company to make cider and perry that would accompany and enhance good food & to make ciders to savour!

The Kingston Black has been released for sale. Limited quantities available!

Last year we were awarded Three First Places at the International Cider and Perry Competition 2008
(Producer of the Best Dry Cider, Best Medium Cider and Best Presented Cider or Perry)

Here's a photo of cider maker Simon Day with the awards!
(Thanks to the Hereford Journal for use of the photo)

And we were Finalists for Small Drinks Producer of the Year 2008 (Flavours of Hereforshire) seen here with the Hairy Bikers, collecting our award plaque!

Visit for more details on the Flavours of Herefordshire, and the abundance of food and drink to be found in our county.


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