Keen to increase its portfolio of local, artisan suppliers, The Red House Hotel at Coupar Angus has announced that it is now stocking award winning Lost Orchards Cider. 

Available in three different varieties – Pure Scottish Apple, Dark Berries & Scottish Red Berries & Lime – the cider is produced at East Adamston Farm near Dundee by fourth generation family farmer Andrew Husband, together with his business partner Angus Morrison.      

Having only launched to market in 2019, Lost Orchards, which has Bob Chaplin, the Master Cider Maker, as its head of Product Development, quickly made a name for itself winning the Gold Medal at the International Cider Awards 2019 in the Modern Cider Class. 

Available at Red House Hotel’s bar in bottles, the cider is also available at The Dalmore Inn and Number 31 in Blairgowrie, Red House Hotel’s sister businesses.

All three businesses use as many artisan suppliers as possible, including having their own bespoke coffee blend from coffee blender & roaster, Blendly, based in Perth.   

“We’re delighted to have introduced Lost Orchards’ quality range of ciders to the bar at all of our businesses,” said Alan Bannerman whose family has run the Red House Hotel for over forty years.

“It’s been very popular with customers so far. It’s important to have increased choice for them in bar sales at this time, and even better when you can support a local family business at the same time, one that takes great pride in what it does.”

“Lost Orchards packaging is very eye catching,” continued Alan. “The matching tall and small glasses which they supply enable us to say to our customers how do you want to drink the cider, as a longer drink perhaps with ice, or in a small glass undiluted? We know that Andrew and Angus recommend that you don’t add ice, as they feel that detracts from the intense flavour, but it’s good to be able to have the choice.”

Co-founder Andrew Husband said: “Our thanks go to Alan and his teams at all three of his businesses in the beautiful Vale of Strathmore. We are really pleased they are getting such a positive reaction to our cider. We’re building up stockists all the time as word grows about the quality of our products. Alan is supplied through his relationship with Tennants who deal with the trade on our behalf. They have been fantastic helping us grow our customer base throughout Scotland.”

Andrew explained that Lost Orchards cider came about through him having a passion for fruit growing: “It was whilst watching my 80 year old father pressing apples for apple juice on an old wooden press, that the penny dropped. I planted the first orchard in 2012 and as a keen cider drinker, I felt there was a lack of quality premium ciders on the market and I wanted to develop our own.  I also wanted Lost Orchards to reflect the taste and freshness of Scottish produce. I harvest our apples at their optimum ripeness and they are pressed in our onsite Cidery within 24 hours, to capture the full flavour and aroma. We have invested heavily in purchasing state of the art pressing equipment for the Cidery and are continuing to look at new product development.”

Alan, as with many businesses now stocking Lost Orchards cider, was attracted by the fact that Lost Orchards is committed to improving its sustainability and traceability, actively replanting trees to replace orchards which have been disappearing throughout Scotland over the last century.

“We love the Lost Orchards slogan on the bottles, ‘For every sip we plant a pip’,” said Alan. “Andrew told us that every bottle sold will help them to re-plant the lost orchards of Scotland. This will herald the return a long forgotten national industry to the heartlands of Scotland.’

East Adamston Farm which the Husbands’ have farmed since the 1940’s, already grows and supplies blackcurrants for Ribena and produces Katy apples from their apple orchard. 

For further details on Lost Orchards cider please check out www.lostorchards.co.uk 

Further details on Red House Hotel at www.red-house-hotel.co.uk.