The Cider Works Team

About

Serving the Community of Waldershare Since 1794

At your Service

The Cider Works was originally built in the Georgian era and enjoys the unique status as the only bar and restaurant in the village of Waldershare. It has been a well-loved venue and we are delighted to have restored it to its former glory. We bought it back in 2019 when it had suffered fire damage and had been out of action for some time and started our extensive renovations. As a family we have re-instated the bar on the ground floor, the restaurant and function room and the external event space we call the Apple Barn and now we are excited to offer this unique family-run venue for dining, events and weddings for all to enjoy.

we are a family business

...and look forward to meeting you

Jodie and Guy South took a risk and invested in this amazing property with a desire to offer something unique to the local community. Jodie has a background in hospitality and she and Guy felt that having observed how others worked they felt they could offer a really bespoke service with much higher standards of customer care and product offering. Their desire to champion local produce is part of that and all their suppliers are Kent based and high quality to offer a real point of difference and quality.

We are fortunate to have found a team of young local people that have a real passion for hospitality and the local community. Our staff and generations of their family have observed how the venue has evolved over the years. Their enthusiasm to represent and preserve this village venue is a real asset that we know we are lucky to have. Everyone has a story to tell about a family member who has spent time here perhaps enjoying the skittles alley back in the sixties or enjoying the cider pressed on site. Jodie and Guy’s daughters are part of the team so it really is a family affair!

The Cider Works Timeline

1794

in the beginning

A public notice when the pub was bought said ‘The above Inn is again open for their accommodation; and having stored a large quantity of the choicest wines, and other liquors, flatters himself, by attention and civility, to merit their warmest patronage and support’

1800

THE ROYAL GEORGE

The Royal George dates back as far as 1800. In the 1960s it was well known for its skittle alley in the garden! Perhaps something that should be re-instated…watch this space!

1974

The High and Dry

Many legends exist concerning the naming of this pub but many believe that it was as a result of the mining shafts directly under the pub being high and dry enough not to flood as often as other around Tilmanstone. So over time the mining fraternity called the pub The High and Dry

2010

The Cider Works

Planning application was accepted for extensions to be made The High and Dry. The owners having their own orchard wanted to install a cider press to make and sell their own cider and a small museum to tell the story of cider making in Kent

2018

Disaster strikes!

The Cider Works suffers a devastating fire and ceased trading

2019

Restoration starts

Jodie and Guy buy The Cider Works and set about the necessary renovations including the upstairs accommodations where the family currently reside.

2021

We are licenced!

Premise is licenced for food, drink, entertainment and wedding ceremonies and the grounds are renovated with the addition of 5 individually styled shepherds huts

today

Open for Business

On 8th July 2021, The Cider Works opened its doors for the community to enjoy

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