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The cottage and orchards of Gregg's Pit date back to 1785 and take their name from a marl pit in a neighbouring orchard. This pit is said to have provided the lime mortar used to point the stonework on the 13th Century St. Bartholomew's Church in nearby Much Marcle.
In 1992 James bought Gregg's Pit and restored the cottage and orchard, discovering the many varieties of cider apples and perry pear trees. He made use of any remaining space in the orchard by planting a whole host of new trees!
Helen joined James in 1998 and the pair have combined their knowledge and passion of nature to extensively develop their orchard.
When their mentor, Jean Nowell of Lyne Down Cider & Perry, retired in 2001 they commissioned a new fermenting shed, and they installed their ancient stone press just in time for the 2002 vintage. This was the first year their cider and perry was pressed at home!
They have since gone from strength to strength, winning dozens of prestigious awards - including Cider of the Year at CAMRA West Midlands in 2019 and Perry of the Year at CAMRA Stockport Beer, Cider & Perry Festival in 2019.