About us

10 Years of Award-Winning Cider.

Bristol Cider Shop has been showcasing the very best in local, independent cider since 2010. We’re on a mission to introduce people to the world of proper* cider and we’ve been named the UK’s Independent Cider Retailer of the Year twice. We’re based in Bristol but we deliver all over the UK. *If you’re not sure what we mean by proper cider, check out our Cider FAQ.

We work with the best, award-winning, cider-makers in the UK and pick their very best ciders to feature in our cider cases. The cases are arranged by taste and style so you can pick the one that suits you or you can choose an introductory/ taster case for a mix of different flavours.

Our cider range.

Rather than trying to stock a huge range we sell about 100 varieties and have carefully selected all of them so you know that every cider you get from us is top quality. We know all of our producers personally and we can tell you where the cider was made, who made it and what it tastes like.

All of our ciders are hand-picked by our quarterly tasting panel, so we know it’s great stuff. Comprising three industry professionals plus three lucky customers, we taste hundreds of ciders, and only the best scoring ones will make the cut.

Review your cider and win a place on our next tasting panel! Every month we’ll share our favourite reviews on social media and the best review each month wins a place on our next tasting panel, to help shape the future of cider!

Two women enjoying cider
Cider being poured into a glass
Case of bottled cider
Bristol cider shop branded glasses full of cider

Our values.

Cider trends come and go, but our values remain the same as the day we started:

  • We only sell cider made from 100% fresh-pressed juice - not concentrate.
  • We only sell cider made on traditional cider farms - not factories.
  • We only sell cider that is naturally fermented - not artificially produced.

We used to only sell cider made within 50 miles of the shop but now that we’re online we’re pleased to be able to embrace cider from a bit further afield!

We want to make great-tasting cider accessible to everyone by:

  • Changing people’s perception of craft cider.
  • Helping people to learn more about cider and upgrade their cider choices.
  • Guiding people on a journey of discovery through the world of craft cider.

The shop.

The original shop opened in 2010 on Bristol’s historic Christmas Steps and was the city’s first ever cider shop. We were on a mission to introduce people to proper cider and spent most of our time tasting it along with the customers!

When Wapping Wharf opened, we moved into a converted shipping container in Bristol’s new harbourside food & drink hotspot. This gave us a bigger space to hold cider tastings and meant that we could introduce more people to the world of cider. We loved collaborating with our foodie neighbours and our Cheese and Cider tastings with The Bristol Cheesemonger were legendary!

In 2020 we decided to focus online only and the shop closed. We loved the shop and our customers but realised that to promote cider to the widest possible audience we needed to focus online. 2021 marked 10 years of us selling cider online so we thought it was about time for a new website!