The Big Bear Cider Mill


We loved craft cider, but it was only seasonally available and traditional in packaging and concept. We decided to make our own; craft cider with all year-round availability - our mission was launched. Essex orchards were ripped up in the 1960’s and 1970’s to make way for gravel pits, the gravel was known as Essex gold (more on this later)! We have transformed disused gravel pits into flourishing orchards, actively regenerating the land. We are pesticide free and encourage birds, insects and wildlife to naturally propagate and protect our trees and apples. Our apple-to-can cider production facility is sustainable and run by a team with a passion for cider.



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Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Contactless payment only
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Online ordering available
  • Open now


  • Guided tours for groups


  • Free Parking


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  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Eco-Friendly

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The Big Bear Cider Mill

Type:Craft Beer

Tumblers Green, Stisted, BRAINTREE, Essex, CM77 8AZ
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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Season (1 Jan 2020 - 29 Aug 2021)
Monday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

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