NOTHING quite says summer in Herefordshire like a cold pint of cider.

Made from fresh fruit, it's a light, refreshing and thirst-quenching drink that we love in this county.

One of Herefordshire's most well-known cidermakers in Westons, which has a range of brands on the market.

I've never been much of a cider drinker, but the exception for me is ice cold, sweet cider on a summer's day.

I was sent two flavours of Westons' Henry Westons cider, including the brand new vintage pear, to try.

Hereford Times: Bridie Adams tried two flavours of Henry WestonsBridie Adams tried two flavours of Henry Westons (Image: Bridie Adams)

Despite by no means being a cider connoisseur, I did enjoy both of these drinks and could tell they were of great quality. They both had a lovely, crisp taste and are refreshing.

I personally preferred the pear flavour because of the sweeter flavour profile, which tends to be what I go for in alcoholic drinks. I enjoyed the fruity taste, and it also wasn't too overly sugary.

The apple cider is more bitter-sweet and traditional tasting, and definitely much drier than the pear.

I also gave a bottle of each to my boyfriend to try as he is more of a cider drinker than me, and he very much gave them his seal of approval. He also preferred the pear flavour for its sweetness. 

Hereford Times: The other available flavours of Henry Westons include vintage rose and cloudy vintageThe other available flavours of Henry Westons include vintage rose and cloudy vintage (Image: Westons Cider)

Westons kindly sent us samples of the Henry Westons cider, but usually they cost £20 for a pack of 12 500ml bottles, working out at £1.66 per bottle, which I would say is a decent price point.

Henry Westons cider is made from apples sourced from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. The cider is slowly matured, spending time in oak vats to deliver a smooth and rounded drink.

Hereford Times: Westons has a cider mill in HerefordshireWestons has a cider mill in Herefordshire (Image: Westons Cider)


The brand's other offerings include vintage rose, organic cider and cloudy vintage, and I also plan to check these out.

Westons is also known for brands like Stowford Press, a well-known favourite in Herefordshire pubs and across the UK, Mortimer's Orchard, Old Rosie, Rosie's Pig and more.

I absolutely loved sampling both flavours, but if I had to pick a favourite I would go for the pear every time.

An excellent choice for beer gardens or sunny picnics, this one gets a big tick from me.