Rough Old Wife Cidery


  • Tours Tours
  • Bar Bar
  • Shop Shop
  • Clubs Clubs
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

Tour details


Guided tours are available by appointment only throughout the summer. Tour the orchard, listen to talks in the cidery and finish up with a tasting in the bar.


Group tours, including schools, by prior arrangement.

Wheelchair access

The cidery itself is easily accessible. The orchard walk is across rough grass tracks.            

Course details

Cider making courses

Rough Old Wife cidery offers a programme of one-day cider making courses that are suitable for beginners, for those interested in making real cider or perry at home, and for those wanting to expand their use of apples on a farm, small holding or enterprise.

The course covers the traditions of cider making, types of apples and pears, equipment, fermentation, maturation, bottling and storage. The works! The courses take place at various venues and run between May and November. For more information visit the Rough Old Wife Cider website.

Opening times

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat & Sun: By appointment only

Bank Holidays: 9am-5pm


Prebooking is essential for tours of the orchard, along with cidery talks and tastings

Adults: £3
Students (12-17): £2.50 
Children 5–11: Free of charge


Get in Touch

Tel: 07768 364353

Facebook: Rough Old Wife – Real Dry Kent Cider
Twitter: realkentcider


The Rough Old Wife cider shop stocks their entire range of real ciders, and they encourage people to bring to bring in their own containers for draft. Their used oak 56-gallon barrels are also for sale.

Public Transport

Bus: 652 Ashford/Canterbury, 0.5 miles
Station: Chilham, 1 mile

Rough Old Wife Cidery, Cork Farm
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Rough Old Wife is a family-friendly cidery and they welcome anyone who would like to join in the fun of apple picking, loading, barrelling or pressing. They have an on-site B&B and their very own farm cottage to let for people who are interested in making a holiday of helping out at the cidery.

Tours explain the day to day operation of the working artisanal cidery, the traditional fermentation methods and the methods of maturation in oak barrels.

Simon, co-partner of Rough Old Wife Cider, also runs traditional cider making courses for interested amateurs wanting to get more out of their apples, while learning about a great tradition dating back to Roman times.

The Orchard is pollinated by Rough Old Wife's own bees, and the honey – sold under the Petham Vale Honey label – can be purchased in the on-site shop.


  • Kent Environmental Award for rural diversification – 2010, Kent County Council
  • Best Cider Producer in Kent – 2010 finalist, Taste of Kent Awards
  • Best Cider Producer in Kent – 2009 runner-up, Taste of Kent Awards

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • All waste apple pulp is fed to organic pigs or used as natural compost for the orchard
  • A bag-in-box system is used, which means all the cider can be used by a pub and there's no ullage waste
  • Raspberry cider uses supermarket rejected Kent raspberries that would otherwise go into landfill

Key Annual Events

  • Wassailing ceremony during the first two weeks in January
  • Kent Big Weekend free open days – last weekend in March
  • Several open days over the summer
  • 'Pick and drink' weekend with food and cider (holiday cottage rental is available on-site)


Rough Old Cider supports several local charities including Click (children's cancer) and Kent Air Ambulance

Trade bodies

VisitKent (VisitBritain), Sustainable Restaurant Association, Produced in Kent, NFU, Soil Association

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