NOT SUCH A DAFT IDEA THEN These last few years have been a pretty exciting for Honey's. We've trebled our work force (taken on two part timers), and for a business that started as a daft idea hatched in the pub, it has fully grown from a hobby to a proper company. We're constantly picking up new customers and making friends as our reputation grows and we've got new products and spin off ideas in the pipeline. LOCAL and PROUD OF IT Early on in Honey's history our flagship Midford Cider was highly commended at the Royal Bath and west Show and were chuffed we must be doing something right.
To add to our awards, we entered the most nerve racking competition - Krow's local village produce show. If one enters the world cider championships and is pipped to the post, you have to accept defeat by a superior product made by a true expert. Entering the village show and being defeated by a total amateur would be shameful. Fortunately we won, and the "1st, South Stoke Produce Show 2016" medallion is displayed proudly on the front of our bottles. What folk drinking it in London or Hong Kong (our furthest customer) make of it, who knows.
NEW TWIST ON AN OLD IDEA Back in the 1950's/60's in the Combe Down/Southstoke area of Bath, near Midford where we are based, farm workers would blend ginger beer with cider to make their lunchtime 'pick me up' drink so they could continue working without being completely sozzled. A 'Stoney Bonk' was coined and we decided to bottle that bit of Bathonian history and bring it to market. Refreshing;y different this real cider and ginger beer combo, burst on to the scene and achieved a Great Taste Star from the Guild of Fine Food which grandly sits on the label.
BLIMEY, KROW'S BEEN BUSY! Away from Honey's, cider-maker & bottle washer Gerard 'Krow' Coles has also become a director of The Packhorse in South Stoke, a community owned pub reopening early 2018. And along with two partners, he's also opened The Moorland Scocial, a community focused brunch and pizza bar in Bath's Oldfield park.
'THE OFFICE' COMES OUT TO PLAY After several years working with Bob and Krow behind the scenes as 'the office' Kimberly has gained charge of all thing’s apples, allowing Krow time to focus on his expanding portfolio of mad ideas. Raised in Herefordshire and learning from Somerset's best, Kim knows her cider and the will proudly continue production at Honey's HQ in Midford. Krow will be making regular guest appearances and lending a hand, not to mention of course tasting each batch to maintain quality control!
TV DEBUT We can now say our classic Honey's Midford cider barrels are 'as featured on the TV! They buffed up to make their debut in comedy-drama Agatha Raisin, The Pig that Turns, S3, E3 aired in February 2020. They really can turn their staves to anything.