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Hereford Cow in the OrchardHerefordshire in general has a long and distinguished tradition of agriculture with worldwide prominence being achieved by its eponymous breed of cattle, Red Streak cider apples, unique perry pears and distinctive hop yards.  Our small parish of Putley in particular has further claims to apple growing eminence as within our bounds are six family owned fruit farms.  This proliferation of trees which includes apples, pears, plums, cherries and quince makes Putley a magnet for those interested in the best available orchard produce.

The reasons for the fruit growing spreading are many and varied.  There was a Roman villa in the village and a Roman road runs just to the east - we can harbour visions of Romans refreshing themselves with local Putley wine.  Our gently sloping south facing land is sheltered from cold winds by the Malvern Hills to the east and Bromyard Downs to the north.  The Black Mountains to the west provide a Rain Shadow Effect which means that our annual rainfall is about 600mm with about half that falling in the summer - ideal for fruit growing.  The Marcle Ridge, also to the west, provides an even better micro climate and its tree lined edge is a wonderful natural wind break.  The rich red soil is derived from old red sandstone which weathers to produce a deep moisture retaining soil which, when sympathetically worked and managed, provides a wonderful tree growing medium.  These natural advantages combine with a tradition that has evolved from small standard orchards on mixed farms to commercial orchards planted by Squire Riley, who owned the Putley Court Estate in the late 1800s.  The coming of the Railway also opened new markets, especially London, the Midlands and the North.  The Squires fruit growing legacy meant that, when the Estate was sold after the First World War, Putley was in a strong position to continue this husbandry and that culture continues, thrives and still develops to this day.

Throughout the Parish are remains of cider mills and presses, with the best example being at Lower Court, next to the Church.  Here cider and perry was made for the Estate, while just across the Church Meadow was the mill where cereals were ground into flour.  This cider making tradition has now been revived by Once Upon a Tree, producing Award Winning Cider and Perry at Dragon Orchard in the heart of the village.  The quality and flavours that you can now taste and enjoy amply reflect the natural advantages of the area which produces quality fruit and turns it into outstanding flavours.  The ancient arts of the skilled cider maker coupled to modern methods of hygiene and innovative new techniques enable you to enjoy the true taste of Putley.

For trade supply we have a number of distributors, click on the link to be taken to their website, or see below for a list of our stockists : (or click here for a Google Map of stockists)

Trade Distributors

Blakemore Fine Foods - a catalogue full of artisan products, delivery to Midlands and London areas
The Craft Drinks Co - selling speciality craft drinks sourced from the Cotswolds and Midlands to indie businesses
Jon Hallam - 120 ciders & perrys from some 50 makers, delivers nationwide
The Bristol Cider Shop - 80 varieties of draught & bottle ciders
The Real Al Company - Alice supplies London on a weekly basis along with other produce from the area
Merrylegs - Impressive list of ciders & perries, delivery North West England, Manchester, Devon, Midlands
Real Cider Company - Wholesaler of cider to pubs, festivals and the public across the whole of the North of the country
Essex Cider Shop - Cliff has a shop in Chelmsford and supplies pubs in Essex
Dragon Drinks - Suffolk
Cider Insider - Leeds

Stockists by County


Boycott Farm Shop, Stowe Farm, butchery, cafe and farm shop with lots of very tempting products on sale

Cheshire and North Wales

Cheshire Smokehouse, Wilmslow a great destination and a fantastic licensed section, Phil knows his stuff

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Flintshire many interesting drinks, a butcher, a deli counter and popular cafe.


Tebay Services, Westmorland North and South farm shops -unique motorway services


The Essex Cider Shop, Chelmsford. visit the fantastic Cliff, he'll be only too happy to help


Gloucester Services, J12 M5 Northbound (Southbound opening 2015) From the Westmorland family. A refreshing alternative!

Whole Foods Markets Cheltenham, try to visit if you can, a new style of shopping

Favourite Beers, Hewlett Rd, Cheltenham - full with bottles from floor to ceiling

The Alehouse, Stroud Great food and drink in the Cornmarket area

Cheeseworks in Cheltenham. What a wonderful shop! Try and then buy some excellent cheeses and breads to accompany our ciders, they have a terrific team to help guide you to the perfect combination.

Dobbies, Siddington - large foodhall set in this wonderful garden centre, great for hampers at Christmas

Plus a large number of Co-op food stores throughout (click on green words on their website to go to store locations)


Tanners Wine Merchants St Peters Square, Hereford.

The Nest, Ledbury The home of the Handmade Scotch Egg and a lovely place to meet friends for a coffee.

Beer In Hand, Hereford A new pub with fascinating pumps straight from the cooled barrels

The Wellington Hereford, central Hereford. Newly refurbished specialist cider and ale house

The Butchers Arms, Woolhope, now run by Phil Vincent and family who always give you a very warm welcome

Muse Cafe, Ledbury, great food and drink in a great little location

Oasis Holiday Lodges, Ledbury set amongst the glorious Herefordshire countryside, hot tubs and a natural pool to dip in.

Pengethly Farm Shop, Peterstow Newly extended with even more of a selection now

Wallers Butchers, Colwall - just our juice, the perfect accompaniament for a barbeque

Hop Pocket Wines near Bromyard, huge range of ciders, beers & wines and always plenty of bottles open to taste

Lyde Court - for weddings and celebrating

Church Barn Farm Shop, Whitney On Wye, Herefordshire. New farm shop and cafe.

Mousetrap Cheese, Leominster Welcome to the world of cheese - and cider of course!

Trumpet Corner, nr Ledbury Convenient location and simply the best cakes

Wyevale Garden Centre, Hereford. See their new and improved local food section

Cider Museum in Hereford sell our ciders, and are very well worth visiting to learn about cider history and cider making.

Truffles Deli in Ross-on-Wye, who also offer a wide range of all things tasty!

Ross Labels in Ross-on-Wye have our products with other local cider and perry producers.

The Crown Inn at Woolhope. Matt has launched his local cider producers menu - have a bottle or two with an excellent lunch or evening meal from this Flavours of Herefordshire Winner.

Hopes Of Longtown - Post Office and independent shop

Monkland Cheese, Leominster - artisan cheesemaker offering tours & cafe

The Priory Hotel, Stretton Sugwas small and intimate, family run country house hotel amongst the fields but near to town

Yarpole Community Shop - the shop in the church!

The King's Fee, Hereford - busy pub, great at supporting local producers

Also Many National Trust Properties in the county are stocking our ciders and juice. A good excuse for a day out!

London and South East

Good Taste Food & Drink, Crystal Palace - cheeses and charcuterie and now fine ciders too

National Cider Collection, Middle Farm, Lewes, East Sussex - taste, compare and buy ciders from over 100 ciders, and many other drinks


Added Ingredients, Abingdon heaven for foodies, plentiful, and lots of unusual items

Millets Farm Centre, Frilford. Enjoy a day out here, there's plenty to see.

Plus a large number of Co-op food stores throughout (click on green words to go to store locations)


Ludlow Food Centre very much worth a visit - much produced on site, and loads of local foods.

Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop, Shrewsbury - 2010 finalists for FARMA's Best New Farm Shop

Harp Lane Deli, Ludlow, deli and dining, stop for a coffee or a hot filled sandwich

Appleyards, Shrewsbury - gorgeous deli with hams hanging from the ceiling

Plus a large number of Co-op food stores throughout (click on green words to go to store locations)


Bristol Cider Shop, central Bristol for absolutely everything cider related. Selects the best draught and bottled ciders, only made with 100% juice.

Paxton and Whitfield, Bath Britain's leading cheesemonger for 200 years

Trenchermans, Sherbourne A veritable Aladdin’s Cave for the gourmet

Piddle Brewery, Dorchester, Dorset 


Brown and Green, Trentham Estate - something for everyone here.


The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire Fine Dining in a glorious location, chef Chris Harrod trained under Raymond Blanc

The Hardwick, Abergavenny chef Stephen Terry loves being able to go direct to his producers! "Michel Roux Jr's favourite Welsh restaurant"

Fire and Ice, Narberth - ice cream and cider treats


Stratford Garden Centre, Stratford upon Avon Pownalls Food Hall

AP Harvey Wines, Coventry. Independent and experienced.

West Midlands

National Trust Properties in the West Midlands are stocking our ciders and juice. A good excuse for a day out!


Great Malvern Deli and cafe. Locally sourced and continental produce.

Revills Farm Shop, Defford A firm favourite with a unique selection of local produce

Hamps Wines, Bransford A fine selection of wine, beer and cider

Webbs of Wychbold, Droitwich A destination garden centre with one of the biggest and best foodhalls

Millets Farm Shop, Evesham Country Park - visit the cider corner!

National Trust Properties in the county are stocking our ciders and juice. A good excuse for a day out!

Plus a large number of Co-op food stores throughout (click on green words to go to store locations)

Yorkshire and further north..

Jug and Bottle, Bubwith, East Yorkshire - voted the Best Independent Cider Retailer of 2011 & again in 2012! Independent real ale off-licence and deli

The Real Cider Company, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire suppliers of quality ciders to the public and to pubs and festivals

York Beer and Wine Shop, York - and taking cider seriously

St Andrews Wine Company, Fife Peter will be delighted to help you with your decision!

If you would like to stock our products, and would like us to send you trade prices, please get in touch on 01531 670263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here's our Google Map of our stockists:

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The Three Counties Cider Shop, Ledbury

Call the shop on: 01531 248004

Opening hours:
Tues - Thurs 10am - 4:00pm
Fri - Sat 10am - 5pm

Sunday 10am - 4pm in December

We offer:

Cider, Perry and Apple Juice Tastings and Sales from a range of producers in the Three Counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, Including:
The Cider Core: (Once Upon A Tree; Olivers Cider; Greggs Pit and Wilces Cider)
Gwatkins Cider & Perry
Pips Cider
Dunkertons Cider
Ross on Wye Cider Company
Butford Organics
among many others...


Draught Cider Blackboard

 We also have up to 6 draught ciders and perries that you can try before you buy.  Bring your own container, or buy one of our 4 pint carry home cider jugs, that can be used again and again!

Local food producers including:
Local Chutneys and preserves
Local Honey
Cordials from Pixley Berries
Local Beers, Spirits and Wine including:
Gun Dog Gins
Martell & Son Apple & Pear Spirits
Sixteen Ridges Wine

Gift items & Hampers available all year round - pre-order, or made while you wait.

Hope to see you soon!

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Our Orchard shop is now open by appointment. Please call us on 01531 670263.  There is usally someone happy to serve during normal business hours.  Remember our Ledbury Shop is open for tastings and sales!

We are also offering a number of orchard events throughout the year, so please see our events page for details.

We offer:

  • Cider, Perry and Apple Juice Tastings and Sales
  • Orchard walks(if it's good weather, come and have a picnic in the orchards), if it's wet, bring some wellies!
    • Enjoy a self guided poetry walk with our "Orchard Days" poetry book
    • or 2 self guided signed trails guiding you around Dragon Orchard
  • Local food producers including:
    • Our own apples, pears, plums, quince, etc. when in season
    • Our own Chutneys and preserves
    • Local Honey
    • Cordials from Pixley Berries
  • Gift items & Hampers available all year round - pre-order, or made while you wait.
  • Group tours by prior arangement (minimum 10, maximum 25) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some of the items in our shop

Hope to see you soon - see the map below and directions so you can find us!


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Dragon Orchard,
HR8 2RG (note for Sat Nav users - the postcode will take you next door - look for the Once Upon A Tree / Dragon Orchard sign!)

Tel 01531 670263

To find us from Ledbury:

Once on the A438 Hereford - Ledbury road, 1/4 mile after the Trumpet cross roads (traffic lights), take left turning sign posted to Pool End, then immediately left towards Putley Green.  Dragon Orchard is about 3/4 mile on right hand side opposite another turning.


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