A cider brewer has been inundated with donations of apples as an “orchard renaissance” starts to bear fruit in England.
Hawkes, a London-based cider company, has been sent 12 tonnes of apples in the post after launching a trial delivery scheme to encourage volunteers to swap russets and royals for bottles from last year’s crop.
The annual exchange usually takes place in person under the railway arches in Bermondsey, south of Tower Bridge, but was modified to allow it to continue during the pandemic.
The brewer was soon swamped with hundreds of boxes from across the country, providing enough apples to make cider from several regions of England. “It’s been absolutely mad,” Elliot Allison, the head of marketing for Hawkes, told The Guardian.