April 2016  sees the 40th anniversary of the first punk single every to be released.

That single was New Rose by the Damned which heralded a new era for music which still reverberates today.

To mark this anniversary Salt Hill Cider is releasing a special edition rose tinted cider which will available at a select number of events during springtime this year.

Look out for New Rose cider and raise a glass to the revolution of 1976!

Just a few more weeks until the cider season kicks off; first appearance of Salt Hill Cider will be over the Easter weekend at Egham United Services Club at their Beer Festival.


About two more months of this dismal winter and the new season cider should be about ready to drink.

Looking forward to Reading Beer & Cider festival in May; here’s a picture from last year of three of Berkshire’s cider makers. Salt Hill Cider, Cider Niks and  Wyatts



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Today is Winter Solstice day, the shortest day of the year when all seems dark & gloomy and the trees in the orchards are mostly leafless and in a state of slumber.

From tomorrow the days will lengthen and the slow but certain arrival of spring will be heralded by the Green Man’s appearance.

Once more spring will defeat winter and light will displace the darkness.The begining of this process will be celebrated in Wassail events all across the land when the tree spirits will be awoken and the dismal British winter will be given a bit of a kick up the arse!


image: Holly man

cider: apple wine glass with apple in front of white background

It’s been a funny sort of year for weather; I’m no expert on global warming but with only a week till Christmas I have seen a bloke mowing his lawn and a host of golden daffodils in full trumpet on a roundabout in Slough!

We had a real mixed bag of weather this spring and summer but luckily the apple trees seemed to enjoy it and Salt Hill Cider had a record harvest which means there will be plenty of cider available from spring 2016.

With the help of Keith, Chris & Olly , my loyal volunteers we managed to turn about 6 tonnes of local apples into juice which is slowly turning into cider.

Not much to do now until the spring except attend the Hedgerley Wassail in January for the ceremony in the orchard that will hopefully bring about another great apple harvest in the autumn of 2016.



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