There are some very old orchards at Fursdon, Devon, which are tucked away on the estate and not seen much by visitors, but the apples that come from them are accessible to all in the form of Fursdon apple juice. Come October there is a great gathering and bagging from ground and tree and they are taken to be pressed and pasteurised before returning in the form of this pure, sweet, tangy golden liquid.
Visitors coming to Devon to stay in Fursdon’s holiday homes near Exeter - The Park Wing, Garden Wing and Fursdon Cottage - will find a complimentary bottle of Fursdon apple juice as part of their welcome and there is a ready supply for them to buy.
It is also sold in Fursdon’s historic Coach Hall tea room, which is open to the public from Easter Monday to the end of September on Bank Holidays, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Visitors here can buy it by the glass or in a bottle to take away. On a hot day there is nothing more refreshing after a tour of Fursdon House or a stroll in the grounds and gardens, and if it is chilly, then Fursdon Apple juice is wonderful warmed and spiced. Just once in a while cider is made but that is mostly a treat for the Fursdon family!