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.