Healey's Cider Farm, Cornwall

Healey's Cider Farm, Cornwall

In 1986, the Healey family bought a run down 150-year-old farm that did not even have running water or electricity. They spent the next few years planting orchards and renovating the property. Then, in 1990, they produced Cornish Gold Cyder. Cornish Scrumpy followed two years later. In 2000, Healey’s won Supreme Champion at the International Cider and Perry Competition. More products and awards followed.

Impressed? You should be! We visited the cider farm when we were in Cornwall, and although we arrived too late to take the guided tour, we did get to walk around and enjoy the beautiful grounds.

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We were also lucky enough to visit the shop and sample some of their products. My daughter said that their apple juice was the best in the whole world, and at age eight, I considered her to be an expert! It is made at the farm using Dessert Apples, with added Vitamin C. No artificial coloring, sweeteners or flavoring added.

I, on the other hand, am not a huge fan of apples, and found myself partial to the Pear Rattler.

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The Pear Rattler blends juicy pears and crisp apples, teetering between sweet and sharp. It was yummy! We bought a couple bottles of each but realized at the airport we would not be allowed to take them on the plane, so we drank them at a Heathrow restaurant. (Diners at the next table were envious and told their waiter they wanted that too!)

The farm is an outstanding business with delicious products and even an on-site restaurant. Check it out if you visit Cornwall – and drink a Pear Rattler for me.  😉

Healey’s Cyder Farm is located on the A3075 in Penhallow, Cornwall, postcode TR4 9LW. Telephone 01872 573356.  Hours vary by season, so call or check the web site when planning your visit.

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