West Bradley Orchards produce 10 varieties of cider apples:
Ashton Bitter - A cross of Dabinett and Stoke Redfull, this is a full bittersweet cider apple
Browns - A traditional English cider apple variety producing a sharp juice
Dabinett - A bittersweet old Somerset cider apple
Harry Masters - Small-medium sized fruits, producing a medium to full bittersweet cider
Morgan Sweet - A pure sweet apple which ferments rapidly making it the first cider of the season
Michelin - A traditional French cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice
Somerset Redstreak - One of the main commercial varieties in the UK, it has a mild-bittersweet flavour
Tremletts Bitter - a strongly flavoured, bittersweet fruit
Yarlington Mill - a traditional Somerset cider apple producing a medium bittersweet cider
Early varieties of dessert apples (from early to mid-September):
Katy – A beautiful bright red apple, crisp and juicy; good for cider too
Worcester Pearmain – THE traditional mid-season variety
Red Windsor – An early sweet eating apple, often described as the ‘early Cox’
Bramley – England’s finest cooking apple, Bramley’s are available from early September
Mid-season varieties of dessert apples (mid-September):
Cox – The premium English apple. Picked in mid-September, its full flavour emerges by the end of the month and lasts through until February or March
Egremont Russet – A gourmet’s apple with a unique nutty flavour, perfect with cheddar cheese from October to January
Charles Ross – A large handsome apple suitable for eating or cooking from September to November
Kidds Orange – A late and delicious apple which is popular nearer to Christmas and which stores well until March
Late varieties of dessert apples (second half of September to mid-October):
Red Falstaff – A relatively new variety, late picking, sweet and juicy, often used for cider making
Blenheim Orange – An excellent old apple with a distinctive nutty flavour
Ashmeads Kernel – The connoisseur’s choice for superb flavour
Jonagold – A new variety that stores well, it is both a delicious eater and an excellent sweet cooking apple. Often used for cider
Winter Gem - A rich aromatic flavour with pink flesh
Idared – A tart and juicy apple suited to cooking, harvested from the end of October. It remains eatable until the end of January and can last until June with proper storage
West Bradley is home to three varieties of pear, which include:
Comice – With a distinctly squat shape, Comice is a very popular variety due it’s sweet and juicy nature
Conference – A medium sized pear with an elongated bottle, the texture is very fine and soft and the flavour is sweet
Concord – A firm, tender pear that is juicy with a sweet vanilla-like flavour
West Bradley’s walnut orchard is one of the four biggest in the UK, containing some fifteen walnut varieties that are in various stages of maturity.
It is perhaps the only walnut grower in the UK to include the process of drying its walnuts within its offerred product. Walnuts can be purchased in a semi-dried state ready to be pickled.
Our walnut varieties include:
Broadview (our favourite)
Ronde de Montignac
Half of West Bradley's Orchards produce dessert apples; the other half are dedicated to cider apples. The orchards produce in excess of 400 tonnes of apples each year.
The dessert apples and pears are available for the general public to pick and purchase during the Pick Your Own weekends in September each year, when they are ripe, juicy and at their peak.
All apples (cider and dessert) are available to purchase in bulk, packed in dumpy bags (containing 1/3 of a tonne).
If you wish to purchase produce from West Bradley Orchards, please contact us to discuss your requirements..