Main Promo Images
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!
Made with 100% Dabinett apples, this cider is deep golden in colour. Bittersweet aromas with apple skin, and a herbaceous note. Rich palate with a gentle caramel sweetness of ripe apple & soft tannins giving body to the cider and a balancing green apple tang to the finish.
Discount if you buy 12 or more bottles of this cider - £3.50 per bottle!
Named after Dragon Orchard owner Norman Stanier’s great grandfather, Harry Taylor, who created the many orchards of Putley for the village Squire in the late 1800s. Together they established the area as a fine producer of orchard fruit which was then sent to markets far and wide with the emergence of the railways. Norman helped his father in the orchard from a young age and remembers the hard work involved; planting trees on Christmas day and harvests that used to take six weeks.
Pickers were paid as pience workers, and given a brass token for each bushel of apples picked. These tokens could be exchanged for cash at the end of the day or week, but were often traded as currency between pickers; or even used in the local shop & pubs. We still have a number of the specially stamped tokens that Harry used all those years ago.