PORLOCK APPLE PRESS
Somerset Apple Juice & Cider Making History Being Kept Alive
Porlock Apple Press Group
THE OLD VILLAGE PRESS
A 'Somerset Pattern' apple press, dating from around 1862.
The press was saved from destruction, has been restored to a working state and located in the Orchard Garden of The Old School Centre, Porlock (TA24 8QD).
Demonstration pressings are carried out at events during the apple harvest season (August to November generally).
Please see the 'Events' page for more details.
Some Confusion To Clear Up...
We would like to take this opportunity to ensure that visitors to this site are aware that the provision of the 'Porlock Apple Press' , and 'THE PORLOCK APPLE PRESS GROUP' ARE NOT, the same, or in any way connected to the commercially based enterprise known as Porlock Vale Community Orchard, it's websites, or any of it's activities. We are two completely diverse entities.
The 'Porlock Apple Press Group' activities are purely altruistic, with no commercial (ie. money making), interest whatsoever.
What we do is totally for the benefit of the whole of this wonderful Exmoor village.
The very understandable question you might ask is.....
What do we get out of it ?
Well... for us, it is the satisfaction and, very warm feeling, that we have put on a great show that hopefully has educated our visitors, and most especially the young ones.
LOCAL APPLES WANTED!
We always need apples for the pressing demonstrations. If you have one tree or a whole orchard, and if you don't want them - we'll pick them and press them. This is a charitable community asset where donations are used to maintain the old press and equipment. What we do at these pressing events, and especially our annual 'Porlock Apple Press & Rural Crafts Festival', is bring large numbers of visitors to the village. Those visitors contribute to our local economy with the money they spend in and around the village.