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 or visit