- Wheelchair Access
- Child Friendly
- Public Transport within 5 miles
- Harvest Days
- Eco Initiatives
Groups are welcome to visit Cornish Orchards, including school children, but only by appointment. Tours include a short history of the farm, a viewing of the old press and production rooms that are situated in the old milking parlour, a tour of the latest eco-friendly press and apple handling facility and a sampling in the farm shop.
Sat: 9.30am-12.30pm (no Saturday openings in January and February)
Bank holidays: Open
Tours are free of charge
Get in Touch
Tel: 01503 269007
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Train: Sandplace, 2.9 miles
Bus: Duloe, 0 miles
Cornish Orchards, so named in 1992, is situated on Westnorth Manor Farm, which has been part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate since the early 1950s. At one stage Andy Atkinson, the founder and managing director of the orchard set up, previously worked the farm as a dairy farm with around 100 dairy cows.
Cornwall may not immediately be recognised as a cider making area but Cornish Orchards will tell you that the county once boasted extensive orchards that were less known because they were unproductive and unprofitable. The Cornish Orchards Project of the 1990s helped with the restoration of old orchards or advised on planting new ones with old varieties. Local nurseries were commissioned to propagate over 60 varieties of apple tree, all traditionally grown in Cornwall. This was an ideal opportunity for the orchards on the farm to be replanted. Now Cornish Orchards take all the fruit made available to them within the county and source harvests from throughout the West Country.
Everyone’s effort paid off and after a hefty crop in 1999, Cornish Orchards began juicing apples from across the county - Ellison's Orange, Beauty of Bath, Cornish Longstem, Tommy Knight and Colloggett Pippin to name a few varieties!
Apple juice in the first year developed into cider in the second, and now Cornish Orchards can claim to produce up to nine varieties of apple juice and five of cider a year. Although apple juice and traditional cider are their main stays, they also make several fruit ciders and an elderflower presse.
- Elderflower Presse - Great Taste Award 2011
- Cox Apple Juice - Gold Star Award, Taste of the West Awards 2011
- Discovery and Grenadier - Gold Award Taste of the West Awards 2011
- All of our ciders have a Taste of the West Silver 2011
- Royal Cornwall Show - Looe Food and Drink Festival Summer 2011
- Cornwall Food and Drink - Bonfire and Fireworks Night
- Reed bed – this provides a place for waste water, and is also used by wildlife
- Apple bay water system – this system reduces carbon emissions considerably by using water to transport apples from the bays to the press rather than pick-up trucks, meaning that there is an apple canal running through the site!
- Insulated sheds – these mean that the cider can ferment throughout the winter and will be ready earlier in the year
Cornish Orchards supports several charities, including Duloe Church and Recreational Grounds
Taste of the West, Cornwall Food and Drink