Thornborough Cider

Handcrafted Cider from Yorkshire

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Bring us your apples!

We’re taking apples again this year – bring in your spare apples and we’ll exchange them for cider.

Any variety except for Bramleys.

Contact us if you have spare apples and we’ll let you know what to do!

07712 649475

Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards!

THORNBOROUGH Cider wins national Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards.

 Following the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, Kingsley Ash of Thornborough Cider in North Yorkshire recently received the very first Breakthrough Cider Maker Award from Barny Butterfield, Chief Cidermaker at Sandford Orchards.

 Barny explains: “The Breakthrough Cider Maker Award is a slingshot prize to a cider maker that the judges feel has the kind of promise, purpose and potential to go to the next level. The winners of these awards benefit from priceless help on the journey: mentoring, advice on strategy and branding, technical help with cider production and guaranteed listing in both on and off trade. This is an award with the kind of bankable bonus that doesn’t grow on trees!”

The overall winner of the inaugural awards was Kingsley Ash from Thornborough Cider, based in the small village of Thornborough on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Thornborough Cider make small batches of dry sparkling cider from a blend of locally-sourced apples using traditional techniques. Their cider has been featured on the menu of the county’s top restaurants including Vennell’s in Masham and Roots in York, as well as in farm shops and delis across the region.

Barny elaborates: “The cider was sharp with a light bite and fantastic biscuity finish. Dry cider is harder to make well because sugar is so helpful at ironing out imperfections, so when dry cider is good, it’s brilliant! Kingsley Ash should feel rightly proud of his contribution to cider so far, and pretty excited about where he can take it.”

Barny adds: “Thornborough’s branding is really strong and elegant, and the business proposition behind it is sound and purposeful. We could also see plenty of opportunities to help Thornborough grow and improve and this is where the BCMA is invaluable.”

Richard Yarnell from Mitchell’s and Butler’s was one of the judges on an expert panel which included Susy Atkins, drinks writer and broadcaster, Helen Thomas, managing director of Weston’s Cider and The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook. Prizes include: business strategy mentoring, a retail listing at Darts Farm, Devon, on-trade listing with a The Stable restaurant, £500 to spend on equipment and a technical visit to Weston’s cider to quiz the cider makers. The award will enable Thornborough Cider to expand their business and meet the rising demand for high quality cider in Yorkshire and across the UK.

Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2019

We were very surprised and delighted to win an award in the 2019 Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards last month!

Open Day! 25th May 2019

We’re having an open day on Saturday 25th May, from 2-5pm.

Come along and find out what we do:

– Meet the producer

– Look around our new cider barn

– Cider tasting & sales

– Visit the 5 acre orchard

Find us round the back of the White House, Thornborough (near West Tanfield).
Postcode: DL8 2RE

Medal success for Thornborough Cider in world’s largest cider competition

Thornborough, North Yorkshire – May 5th, 2017 – Thornborough Cider, made in the small village of Thornborough near West Tanfield, has taken a silver medal in the 12th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry competition held last month in the USA.


The competition, which seeks to recognise the finest in fermented apple and pear beverages across the world, attracted over 1200 entries including from producers in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Ireland and New Zealand. Thornborough cider was selected by a panel of experienced judges to receive a silver medal in the ‘Modern Dry’ cider category, described by the competition as “an ideal cider that serves well as a session drink, and suitably accompanies a wide variety of food.”


Thornborough Cider is a dry, sparkling cider made from only locally-sourced apples. It is crafted from over fifty different kinds of apple, including several old Yorkshire varieties, and is pressed, fermented and bottled using traditional techniques. It has previously been recognised in competitions including the Flavours of Herriot Awards, the Three Counties Cider Competition and the Manchester Cider and Perry Festival.


There has been significant growth in the craft cider industry in recent years, with a proliferation of small producers and many more pubs, bars and restaurants choosing to stock local cider. To keep up with this increasing demand, Thornborough Cider has planted 400 apple trees in the village to help expand production. These will be used along side the existing scheme in which local apple tree owners can contribute spare fruit in exchange for a share of the resulting cider.


Thornborough Cider is available at restaurants, bars and shops around Yorkshire and beyond, and will be appearing at the Malton Food Festival in May and the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival in Skipton in July. For more details visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dropping off apples

If you have spare apples from the Yorkshire area then we can take them off your hands and give you cider in return.

You can drop them off any time at the White House in Thornborough (DL8 2RE) – if there is no one around then leave them round the back with your name and contact details and we’ll weigh them in and then be back in touch next Spring/Summer with your share of the cider…. one large 750ml bottle for every 20kg of apples.

Thanks to everyone who has done this already this year and in the past – we now have apples from over 100 different locations around Yorkshire!

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Come and find us in the gardening hall at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show this weekend, where we’ll be doing an apple pressing demonstration and selling our fine cider. See you there!

Another delivery

400 litres of Thornborough Cider ready to go to the thirsty people of York, Harrogate, Leeds and London!

Thornborough Yorkshire Cider

Apples Wanted!

Do you live in Yorkshire and have spare apples? We may be able to use them, and can offer cider in return.

Thanks to all those who joined us last year – we now source our apples from over 80 locations around the area.

Contact us to find out more about being involved this year.



Harrogate Flower Show

Come and find us in the ‘pip to press’ marquee at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show this September.

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