Cider runs in the family for Julia Jackson. Her parents have run the Cider House in Quatt for 35 years – and two years ago the Church Stretton resident decided to set up her own wholesale supplier, the Special Cider Company. Julia says, “My husband Mark and I are thrilled at how things are going. We bottle and wholesale Cider House Special, the most popular drink from my parent’s pub, which is one of the only two remaining original cider houses in the country. Dad was born at Mose and has lived in the area all of his life.”
Julia and Mark’s company is based on Stanmore Industrial Estate in Bridgnorth, where they bottle the drink before wholesaling it to pubs and shops. At present they mainly supply to local outlets, but Julia explains that they’re keen to branch out: “This year we’re planning to extend our range with the launch of our new Cider House Berry. We’re exhibiting at Craft Beer Rising in London in February and hope to have it ready for that.”
And the family cider connection doesn’t end there – Julia’s brother Sam runs the CAMRA award-winning Red Lion O’Morfe near Claverley and he’s now making his own Shropshire Cider, which he will be selling in his pub next year.