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Winery News

Apple harvest approaches

English Romantic Poet John Keats described autumn as the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, which certainly puts us in mind of our forthcoming apple harvest.

Here at Lyme Bay Winery we are passionate about keeping the skill of Westcountry cider making alive and use the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill to make our award-winning ciders.

The apples for these come from The Somerset Cider Brandy Company, where Julian...

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Say “I love you” with Lyme Bay Winery

February is traditionally the month when our thoughts turn to romance, but here at Lyme Bay Winery we think every day is a good day to show some love, and our delicious, award-winning products can help you hit the mark, just like Cupid’s arrow.

The aphrodisiac qualities of certain foods have been celebrated for centuries, and over the years science has unveiled some of the nutritional links behind the stories.

Getting fruity

Mead has long been rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties and was histori...

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Toast St George with English drinks

Saint George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, despite being born in Turkey of Greek origin. Designated a protector of the royal family, St George’s Day on April 23rd was a major feast day in England in the 15th century, said to be on a par with Christmas.

Although these festivities have waned over the years, it has become common to see people take up the flag of St George – with its red cross on a white background – to celebrate all things English. And if you are plann...

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Decide on cider

Lots of stories start with an apple: Adam and Eve, William Tell, not to mention Steve Jobs – and even ours here at the Lyme Bay Winery.

Twenty years ago we started making ciders using traditional West Country methods, and now have an unrivalled reputation for producing an award-winning range of ciders of the highest standard. These are our Jack Ratt ciders, made from the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill, all of which a...

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Lyme Bay makes Christmas merry

It turns out that people have been drinking wine even longer than we thought.

A team of molecular archeologists headed up by Patrick McGovern – Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia – has discovered wine residue on pottery shards from archaeological sites in Georgia dating back to 6,000 B.C. According to an interview with Dr McGovern in the New York Times, this is the earlie...

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Lyme Bay Winery to Supply Hawkchurch Resort

Lyme Bay Winery to Supply Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

Lyme Bay Winery are pleased to announce that we will be supplying the nearby Hawkchurch Resort & Spa with our class leading range of alcoholic beverages including many of our award winning meads, wines and ciders.

Owned by luxury holiday park operator Darwin Escapes, this 5 star establishment has been setting new standards in its own respective industry since first opening its doors to the public in 2015 with its range of stunning lodges which are...

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UK's best cider festivals

UK’s best cider festivals

The UK consumes more cider than any other nation on the planet, so it’s no wonder our 500 or so cider producers have something to celebrate. Now that the Beast from the East has turned tail and Spring is well and truly upon us, it’s time to look forward to some of the UK’s best cider festivals. It comes as a shock to no one that many of these take place in the South West, but here’s our round-up of some to check out further afield as well. 

Falmouth Folk & Cider Fayre

Frid...

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New Products

Yo ho ho and a bottle of Lugger

Here at Lyme Bay Winery we always like to add a dash of history to our award-winning range of drinks, and the newest launch from our cellar door is no exception.

You may well be familiar with our Jack Ratt founding brand, inspired by a famous local smuggler from the South Devon coast called Jack Rattenbury. An adventurer through and through, Jack forged his notorious career in the 18th Century smuggling contraband into Lyme Bay using fishing boats called ‘Luggers’. Fast, agile and often painted b...

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