Live events announced for local Cidery taproom

Live events announced for local Cidery taproom

A packed programme of spring entertainment has been unveiled at Napton Cidery as the business continues its post-pandemic return to hosting live events.

Music, comedy, quizzes and food and drink are all on the menu at the cidery’s taproom in Napton-on-the-Hill, as well as a brand new wine tasting experience.

It will be hosted by a specialist from Tomelier from Rugby, which offers bespoke wine tasting services, and is accompanied with a cheese board from Earlswood-based artisan cheese makers Fowlers.

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Napton Cidery is teaming up with Tomelier for their wine tasting event

The evening gets under way at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 5th and tickets are £38 per head.

Tom Newbold, of Tomelier, said: “As a small local business we’re incredibly excited to be working with Napton Cidery, a thriving family-run company. Cider and wine have a lot in common and we can’t wait to start hosting tastings to showcase these products.”

The cidery now sees the return of its popular live music events on Saturday, February 26th courtesy of The Hatstand Band and also includes a visit from the Tacos El Pap food truck, runs between 12-6pm.

Plenty of facts will be flying at the cidery’s latest quiz night on Friday, March 11th, when teams of up to six players can compete for bragging rights from 7pm. Tickets cost just £2 per person and refreshments are available from the bar.

Napton Cidery, Napton on the Hill, comedy nights

Look out too for Napton’s regular comedy nights, pictured above, which sell out fast. Let a trio of comedians tickle your funny bone while the cider tickles your tastebuds at these popular events, now sold out in March. More dates to be added soon. The evenings run from 7-10pm and tickets cost £18 a head.

An exclusive afternoon Tea and Tasting event is lined up for Mother’s Day, on the weekend of March 26th and 27th.

A delicate afternoon tea platter freshly prepared by Napton Village Stores is washed down by five of Napton’s most popular ciders, with tea, coffee and full taproom menu also available. Tickets for this event, which make the ideal gift for mum, cost £20 per person.

Napton Cidery, live events, Napton on the Hill

The Cider Tasting and Ploughman’s and Cider Tasting Tours, pictured above, also continue in earnest. Visitors are guided through the cider-making process and given the chance to sample a variety of Napton’s ciders and Apple Brandy. Check dates and make bookings here: and here:

Charlotte Olivier said: “We’re delighted to be able to host more events which are a fabulous way of bringing the local community together. There is something for everyone and we hope to see plenty of new – as well as familiar – faces joining us in the coming weeks.”

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Live music events are popular at the cidery

The cidery team harvests, presses, bottles and distributes more than 100,000 litres of craft cider a year, using 17 types of apples from six orchards across the Herefordshire region. They also produce limited-edition ciders and perry as well as juices, spirits and vinegars.

The cidery has also unveiled a raft of new products including branded glasses and its cider in cans and kegs. Over the next 18 months Napton will be bringing the remainder of their signature ciders onto draught as well as extending the popular taproom to host larger events.

See all Napton Cidery’s upcoming events here

Supporting campaign will help cidery beat pandemic

Supporting campaign will help cidery beat pandemic

THE owners of an award-winning family-run cidery in Warwickshire have launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help mount a post-pandemic recovery of their business.

Jolyon and Charlotte Olivier are inviting supporters to apply for at least £40,000 in shares of Napton Cidery following the success of their first round of investment two years ago.

The eight-week campaign is central to the entrepreneurs’ plans to re-emerge from the pandemic once again robust enough to build on the early success of their business – which started life as a hobby nine years ago.

Napton Cidery, Charlotte Olivier, Jolyon Olivier, Napton-on-the-Hill

The couple were first introduced to the taste of craft cider on a family holiday to Devon. Returning home with an apple tree, they soon started experimenting in their back garden.

Jolyon said: “We made our first batch of cider, as most do, from the apple tree in our garden. Turns out we were born to be cider makers! We started Napton Cidery several years later with the sole mission to collect unwanted apples from our village and surrounding orchards to create amazing ciders and, before you know it, we’re producing 90,000 litres of cider!”

Today, an eight-strong team at Napton harvests, presses, bottles and distributes more than 90,000 litres of cider a year, using 17 types of apples from six orchards across the Herefordshire region.

They also produce limited-edition ciders and perry as well as juices, spirits and vinegars.

Napton Cidery, Charlotte Olivier, Jolyon Olivier, Napton-on-the-Hill

Exciting expansion plans were under way following the introduction of their tap room earlier this year, only to be halted by the pandemic.

Jolyon recalls: “The tap room was closed before it even opened. Our licence was issued on the Monday immediately after the Government shut the pubs in March. We had been planning a big launch to celebrate. We also had six pubs lined up ready to install our kegs, all of which had to close as well.”

The business has also been impacted by cancelled tours, tastings, cider making workshops and monthly live music events at the cidery in a year which Jolyon believes has cost them more than £100,000 in lost revenue. The focus was then forced to pivot to home deliveries.

Napton Cidery, Charlotte Olivier, Jolyon Olivier, Napton-on-the-Hill

“The business side has been hit really hard. Up to 30% of our products were sold through our events and festivals which had to stop. We had to do some crisis management and rewrote our business plans in March but we were determined to find a way through. I don’t know where we would be without the web shop’s home delivery service. We would have been in a lot of trouble,” said Jolyon.

“We were a business that was ready to grow but had its wings clipped. The funding round would not have been needed without COVID.”

But he admitted there had been one lasting positive effect on the business.

“We’re selling more directly to the consumer now so we’re actually getting to know our consumers a lot better. And it’s helped small businesses come together and help each other out.”

Napton Cidery, Charlotte Olivier, Jolyon Olivier, Napton-on-the-Hill

Central to Napton’s growing popularity among customers is its strong sustainability ethos, from harvesting through to packaging. All of its apples come from traditional unsprayed orchards, organic and biodiverse growers, so no unnatural chemicals are introduced into the ecosystem. The cider is also naturally fermented using only wild yeasts and packaged in recyclable materials and all ingredients sourced as locally as possible.

Jolyon said: “We prefer not to use bush orchards which are long rows of apple trees all bunched quite close together. With these, once a disease hits a tree it spreads around the whole orchard which is why they have to be sprayed with pesticides.

“We decided very early on that we wanted to make cider that is environmentally friendly through using apples that aren’t over farmed.

“Environmental sustainability is one of our top priorities and we’re always looking into how we can improve. We have a lot more ideas we’re also working on. Our goal has always been to build, manufacture and sell high quality cider made in the most natural way possible.”

Napton Cidery, Charlotte Olivier, Jolyon Olivier, Napton-on-the-Hill

The challenges of the pandemic have not grounded Jolyon and Charlotte’s ambitions who, armed with their newly acquired spirits licence, plan to produce a new line of apple brandies to their repertoire within the next 18 months.

In the short term though, as well as juggling the demands of home-schooling their two children, aged eight and five, the couple have set their sights on a gentle period of regrowth and recovery for their business. This starts with the new investment opportunity, without which they admit, some tough decisions would have to be made.

“Our first crowdfunding campaign two years ago raised £148,000 which allowed us to expand, rebrand our products and bring staff on board. This new campaign is about sustaining growth. If we didn’t do this we would be having to make some cutbacks which would stunt that growth,” said Jolyon.

“It is a very good time to be helping out local businesses if you can. We have some great rewards available to our investors. There is no better time to get involved with Napton Cidery, we have an exciting future ahead of us.”

Further investment information and registration of interest form are available by visiting:

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Green fingers point the way to charity event

Green fingers point the way to charity event

SOME of the area’s finest gardens are set to go on display in aid of two local causes.

Napton Open Gardens event takes place on Sunday, June 30th when visitors will be welcomed into 11 gardens in the village, including Napton Windmill.

The 19th century windmill was designated a Grade II-listed building in 1952 and lay derelict until around 50 years ago when it was restored and converted into a house.

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Napton-on-the-Hill Windmill

Proceeds from the event, which last year raised more than £2,000, will be divided between St Lawrence Church in the village and Warwick-based charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Molly Olly’s Wishes was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer. It works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing, grants wishes and donates therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

Mascot of the charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of the Olly The Brave packs that have now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals across the UK, along with a book from its exclusive Olly The Brave series.

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Molly pictured on her fourth birthday.

The charity, which has raised more than £2m, has also been able to fund the first Molly Olly consultant in paediatric palliative medicine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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Organiser Sophie Bonser said: “This is the first time we have given to Molly Olly’s, and we chose it because a lady in the village has a granddaughter with cancer and has had some help from the charity. There are not many of us who have not been affected by cancer in some way. My team are very happy to have them as our chosen charity alongside our village church and hope we raise a lot of money.”

The gardens will be open between 2-6pm and the day will include plant sales and refreshments, cream teas, Pimms and Prosecco, live music and a children’s competition.

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased on the day from Napton Village Hall.