Tag Archives: Cider

Apple Appeal

Huddersfield’s first cider maker would like to rescue your unwanted apples and pears from the compost heap.

David Kendall-Smith, former landlord of Huddersfield’s Rat and Ratchet (renowned for its support of real ciders) has been making cider and perry for four years.

David’s real cider is made from locally-sourced apples, and perry from pears, but without an orchard of his own, David is appealing for householders to donate their unwanted apples from trees on their land.  David said “many people have apple, or indeed pear trees on their land and often can only use a fraction of the fruit, I am asking for the excess”, he will collect the apples himself and offers in return a bottle of the finished product.  Apples and pears will ripen over the next few months.

With the help of The Huddersfield Examiner, Huddersfield CAMRA and the generosity of Huddersfield people, David managed to produce 70 gallons of cider and perry last year and some of his cider will be available at Huddersfield CAMRA’s Oktoberfest in October.

David is planning to purchase land to plant an orchard but in the meantime he hopes to harvest enough apples from the town’s gardens and hedgerows to make 100 gallons of real cider this year, and to double that next year.

Anyone who would like to offer some apples or pears can contact David on 07817 367752, by email at dave@uddersorchard.co.uk or visit www.uddersorchard.co.uk

Huddersfield Oktoberfest Thu 14th – Sat 16th October 2010

Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival 2010 will take place between Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th October 2010.

Once again, it will be at the Sikh Leisure Centre (APNA Venue), Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2NX (map).

We hope to see you there – either helping, drinking or both. More details can be found on our website here.

Or, you can download a poster here.

Want to help? Download a staffing form (in Word format) here. Just complete it, and return it to us by email or post.

Double Presentation & 2 Beer Festivals

We will be presenting both the Pub of the Year & Cider Pub of the Year awards to the Rat & Ratchet, Huddersfield (map) on Sat 1st May at 8pm.

We hope to see you at the presentation.

This coincides with the Annual Mild & Cider Festival at Rat & Ratchet on Sat 1st – Sun 2nd May. Beer & Cider list is available here.

Also, from Fri 30th Apr to Mon 3rd May, the Old Bridge Hotel, Holmfirth, HD9 7DA (map) will be holding their Ale Festival. Starts midday Friday. More info here.

Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival 2009

The Huddersfield Oktoberfest Beer & Cider Festival 2009 will be taking place at the Sikh Leisure Centre, Springwood, Huddersfield, HD1 2NX (map).

  • Thu 1st October 6:00pm – 10:30pm (not 6:30pm as previously advertised)
  • Fri 2nd October 12 noon – 11pm
  • Sat 3rd October 11am – 11pm
  • Over 80 real ales from local, regional & new micro-breweries
  • Cider bar featuring rare ciders & perries
  • Breweriana & products stall
  • Refundable festival glass with 1/3rd pint measure
  • Seating & hot food available

The Oktoberfest 2009 Beer List is now available.