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Local Beers & Ciders



Shepton Montague


Tel: 01749 812652

This is a new business producing some excellent apple juice and cider from a corner of SE Somerset.

Oliver Dowding has been farming in Shepton Montague for over 40 years, the last 27 organically. Over time he has kept a large herd of dairy cattle, raised beef, grown cereals and vegetables and more.

Now, from a small orchard has sprung a new venture. A lot of apple juice and cider! In 1996 a small orchard was planted.  Initially there was no intention to do more than give the apples away as the planting was part of an environmental scheme, where production was not the sole objective.  But then the idea developed to make a little cider, and then followed the apple juice.

From the beginning both have been winning praise from many quarters. The apples initially came from the orchard, but now there is a plentiful supply from many local gardens, schools and orchards where the apples are mostly left to rot. Somewhat unbelievably some people go to the effort of taking them to the tip. So, Oliver is re-purposing them!

Over the coming years the business will expand as 500 new trees were planted in 2016. These are mostly dessert with some cooking varieties. With the increasing volume will come other changes, potentially some being supplied for culinary purposes.

Recently the venture has been rebranded as “Dowdings”, with Wild Orchard apple juice available in 750ml bottles, and Tower Brue cider in 5 and 10 litre boxes, or 500ml bottles.

Footpaths run through the orchards and many people enjoy the serenity of a walk alongside the stream, surveying the seasonal changes in the trees and their crops.

Oliver welcomes people who want to buy direct for themselves, or those seeking a quality offering for their restaurant, pub, shop etc. He also will be seen at more and more shows and events.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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