Sheppy’s House of Cider based in the beautiful countryside of Somerset is a favourite establishment of ours. You may think judging by the name, that it is not suitable for families with it being a cider house but there is so much more to explore.
Sheppy’s is Somerset’s oldest cidermakers, I have sampled a fair few of their ciders, I do love a crisp dry cider on a hot summer’s day. Located within Sheppy’s is an authentic farm shop offering a range of excellent treats, local foods, a butchery, restaurant, function room with stunning views, Apple Bay Bar and a rustic café where they serve delicious cakes and the best flat whites.
So what is there to do for families? Well, upon arriving at Sheppy’s you are met with farm-life at its best. You get a real country feel when visit this cider house. At the front is the shop, bar and restaurant, you go through to the well established car park at the back where there are beautiful orchards which you can walk round. There is a fab play park for the kiddies which is next to a paddock where you can meet the donkeys and horses. Chickens are clucking around their houses, Amelie and Charlie absolutely love visiting the chickens it really is a great feature to keep the littles entertained.
One way to really explore Sheppy’s is to take a guided tour which run every weekend from March to November and are extensive so usually take around an hour and a half. The tour includes a walk to the stunning orchards where there are cows roaming and once you have worked up a thirst you can partake in a spot of cider tasting – yummy!
We go to Sheppy’s on a regular basis for a nice coffee pit stop, the children absolutely love the apple juice made at Sheppy’s which we often buy a couple of bottles. The staff are amazing and are well equipped with all the knowledge of every cider produced. You can even get a few free samples of cider to assist you with choosing the tipple of your choice. What I love about Sheppy’s is the atmosphere, it is relaxing (even with children), cosy and inviting. We do like to sit in the bar area in the comfy chairs with a nice coffee.
Sheppy’s is somewhere to meet for play dates especially during the summer but I think it is an all year round activity to stomp through the meadow with your wellies on, there’s a pond to adventure round and so much wildlife right in front of you. There’s nothing better than being out in the fresh (country) air, working up a thirst, heading to the restaurant where they serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals.
Throughout the year there are various events taking place, from food festivals to Sheppy Fest! With it being just up the road it is a fantastic place to visit during half term. There is so much to do and explore it really is worth a trip.