A HEREFORDSHIRE cidermaker has been recognised in a national competition that celebrates quality whole juice cider throughout the UK.

Artistraw Cider, based in Clifford, near Hay-on-Wye, was awarded silver in the Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards, run by Devon cider producer Sandford Orchards.

Judges this year included Herefordshire’s Tom Oliver, from Oliver's Cider and Perry, and well-known ciderologist Gabe Cook.

Andy May, Sandford Orchards' principal cidermaker and judge for the competition said: "On the palette this cider had everything, rich apple fruit, bright acidity, and a wonderful texture.


"All of the judges really enjoyed this drink and were very impressed with the blending skill on display. It was my personal favourite of the day."

Lydia Crimp of Artistraw Cider said: "We’re delighted to have been recognised for the quality and skill involved in making our natural ciders by such an esteemed lineup of judges.

"We hope that this award will shine a light on how much well made natural cider has to offer and how bright the future is for the industry as a whole."