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23rd August 2022

Nightingale Cider Opens New On-site Taproom, The Watch, in Tenterden

Nightingale Cider Co. soft launched their taproom, The Watch, last month on Gibbet Oak Farm in Tenterden, Kent.

Called ‘The Watch’—the collective noun for a group of Nightingales—the taproom is located on the Nightingale family farm. Here, visitors can enjoy fresh, delicious ciders on the very site where much of the fruit is grown and fermented.

Two core sparkling ciders are available on tap, Night Bird and Wild Disco, both of which were just awarded bronze in the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition. In addition to this, a wider range of Nightingale ciders will be available in bag-in-box and bottle alongside carefully selected ciders from other cider-makers, craft beer from local breweries and wine from local vineyards.

Decorated with furniture made from reclaimed materials from the family farm– including benches made from used apple bins and wine and whisky barrels as tables– visitors can experience drinking cider on the premises where it’s made, learning about Nightingale Cider and the cider making process as they do.

The Watch’s outside yard is open to make the most of clement summer weather, giving drinkers the chance to enjoy cider underneath the cidery tanks.

Nightingale Cider founder and cidermaker, Sam Nightingale, says:

“For as long as I can remember, it has been my dream to open a space to share our ciders and farm with a wider audience. Over the past few years, we’ve invited the public to join us for our annual wassail in January; but now, anyone can visit the farm during the summer months, or arrange a tour and tasting throughout the year.”

From next summer, the Nightingale team will extend the taproom experience to the orchards where their fruit is grown, which has a spectacular view across the North Downs.

Throughout summer 2022, The Watch will be open every second weekend.

On Friday the 26th August from 8pm, The Watch will host its first event, a Reggae and Ska night in partnership with SKEP Arts, promising an evening of rare 60s and 70s Ska and Reggae singles and some Northern Soul classics.

SKEP Arts promotes adventurous cultural events in Cranbrook, Tenterden and the Kentish Marsh area, including music, film, poetry and theatre.

Tickets to this event are available now from here.

The Watch is open next week (26th-27th August, 2022) from 3-11pm on Friday and 12-8pm on Saturday.

Social media:

Facebook: Nightingale Cider

Instagram: @nightingalecider

Twitter: @NightingaleCidr

Images for press are available here.


Notes to Editors:

About Nightingale Cider Company:

Nightingale Cider Company is a family-run business based in Tenterden, Kent. The Nightingale family has been fruit farming in the area since 1948. They’ve been making small batch craft cider since 2009, keeping the process as natural as possible at every stage—their ciders and perries are made from 100% fruit juice and all are gluten-free and vegan.

Nightingale’s delicious range of ciders and juices are handmade, using fruit from their farm and nearby Kentish orchards. Driven by their passion for the highest quality ciders, they bridge tradition with innovation to produce a range of flavoursome and exciting offerings for today’s drinker.

Press release from Nightingale Cider.

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