What is real cider and perry?

Real cider and perry are long established traditional drinks, but most of the cold fizzy products we are used to seeing are far from the real thing.

Real cider and perry is produced naturally from apples (cider) and pears (perry) and is neither carbonated or pasteurised. Many of the well-known ciders and perries sold in the UK are not produced naturally from apples and pears but have been produced artificially using syrup.

The popularity of real cider and perry is rising as more people discover how deliciously mellow and aromatic the flavours of naturally-produced cider and perry can be. A glass of real cider or perry represents generations of production dating back hundreds of years. The basics of cider and perry production have remained the same the whole time – simply pick and press the fruit, allow to ferment and enjoy.

“Pear Cider”

‘Pear Cider’ developed as a marketing term and has quickly been adopted by the ad-men as a term to describe sweet, fizzy “perry”. While it certainly helps consumers understand the basic concept of perry (a drink made in the same way as cider but using pears), it has been abused and corrupted by the industrial drinks manufacturers. For example, “Pear Cider” can be used as a label on ‘cider’ flavoured with pear flavourings and aromas (natural or artificial); or used on drinks which have been refermented following the addition of pear juice to cider; or the very fizzy and sweet ‘alco-pops’ made with the imported concentrated juice of Conference pears.

Cider/perry producers not recognised as being “real”

  • Addlestones
  • Amber Harvest (Aston Manor)
  • Ashton Press
  • Aspall
  • Bounders
  • Briska
  • Brothers
  • Bulmers
  • Bulmers Traditional
  • Chardolini Perry (Aston Manor)
  • Copper Press (St Austell)
  • Crofters (Aston Manor)
  • Crumpton (Aston Manor)
  • Diamond White
  • Druids Celtic Cider (Aston Manor)
  • Dry Blackthorn
  • Duchy Originals (Aston Manor)
  • Friels
  • Frome Valley
  • Frosty Jack’s
  • Gaymer’s
  • Golden Valley (Aston Manor)
  • Harry Sparrow (Aspall)
  • Hereford Orchard (Aston Manor)
  • Jacques
  • K Cider
  • Kingstone Press (Aston Manor)
  • Knights (Aston Manor)
  • Kopparberg
  • La Cantina (Saxon)
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Magners
  • Malvern Gold (Aston Manor)
  • Merrydown
  • Natch
  • Oakleys
  • Old Moors (Devon Cider Co.)
  • Old Mout
  • Pomagne
  • Rattler
  • Red C
  • Rekorderlig
  • Robinsons
  • SKU
  • Samuel Smith’s
  • Saxon
  • Saxon Farm
  • Scrumpy Dog
  • Scrumpy Jack
  • Sharp’s Orchard Cornish Cider
  • Sheppy’s Oakwood
  • Somersby (Carlsberg)
  • St Helier
  • Stella Cidre
  • Stowford Press (Westons)
  • Strongbow
  • strongbow Sirrus
  • Symonds
  • Taunton
  • Taunton Traditional
  • Thatchers Gold
  • Thatchers in bottles or cans
  • Thistly Cross (except Jaggy Thistle, which is real)
  • Three Hammers (Aston Manor)
  • Tomos Watkin
  • Westons Ice
  • Westons in bottles
  • White Lightening
  • White Star
  • WKD Core
  • Woodpecker

Additionally –

  • Any cider or perry that has been carbonated
  • Any cider or perry with any non apple/pear fruit (for flavouring) added
  • Any cider or perry with honey, vegetables, herbs or spices added
  • Any cider or perry with concentrate, cordials or essences added