Lambs playing in the Orchard

by paul Courtnyes

Courtney's Orchard & Cider Open Day - 26th & 27th June 2021

by paul Courtnyes

We are back! After a successful orchard open day last year, we have finally got more dates for you to come and explore our ancient Whiteways orchards.

Why not grab a cider and a pasty, throw down a picnic blanket and relax.


Take a seat at one of our picnic benches located throughout the orchard. Perfect for social distancing.

Outside Cider Bar open for refreshments along with local pasties and tubs of ice-cream.

  • We will be serving cider, cocktails and soft drinks from our open air cider bar.
  • Why not take a break on your walk or cycle round the block to relax in the orchards with a refreshing drink.
  • Well behaved dogs on leads and responsible owners only, as we have sheep grazing in the orchards.
  • Limited toilet and parking facilities.
  • You must register for a ticket to attend. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so that someone else may come.

Courtney's create a range of ciders and juices from our orchards. Everything we do is natural. We handpick, press and bottle within the orchard. We don't use harmful chemicals or fertilisers, just letting nature do what she does best. Our range of ciders available include traditional, fruit and low alcohol. We also make Gin & Honey Rum which will be available to try or take away.

How to find us:

Courtney Orchards, The Old Orchards, Southbrook Lane, Whimple, EX5 2PD

50°45'41.0"N 3°23'20.5"W

View on Google Maps:

Your SatNav may take you to a neighbouring farm. Please follow signs from the main road into Southbrook lane. We are 1 mile from the main road just past the railway bridge.

A short walk or cycle from Cranbrook, Whimple, Broadclyst and Rockbeare.

Extra info:

We keep beehives on the orchard to pollinate our trees. Please keep a reasonable distance away from them as they are very busy bees.


New Luxury Truffles

by paul Courtnyes

We have been working with a local chocolatier to create luxury truffles infused with our gin, rum & honey.

This is something we have always wanted to do and we couldn't be happier with the results.

We have 4 varieties available:

The Exe Gin with White Chocolate & Lemon

The Exe Gin with Milk Chocolate & Orange

Grumblebee Rum & Dark Chocolate

Grumblebee Honey with Milk Chocolate

We love it when things just work and these combinations are absolute incredible.

To shop truffles, click HERE

Courtneys Orchard Wassail 2021

by paul Courtnyes
Every January, we would usually attend our local village Wassail, but covid...

So this year we had our own family wassail in our orchards.

We blessed the trees, drank mulled cider and scared off the evil spirits in the trees (probably with our singing alone, we may need a but more practise for next year). If you have a fruit tree in your garden, why not lively up an otherwise dull January by having your own at home wassail?

Get the family involved and join in our this ancient tradition.

Extreme Apple Bobbing?

by paul Courtnyes

No, this isn't our very extreme version of apple bobbing (although it is the season for it). This is just how we get our apples ready for crushing.

Leftover Apple Pulp

by paul Courtnyes

After crushing and pressing our apples, we bag up the apple pulp and take it up to the hill to the local farmers to feed his pigs and cows. Nothing goes to waste.

Royal Naval College Dartmouth x Courtney's

by paul Courtnyes

We attended the Naval College in Dartmouth for their open day and set up one of our portable bars for the day. Here is the cheeky Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Robot running off with a half pint of our Silly Cow Cider.