Oh we do like to be beside the TeesCide
By Rob Ten
Friday 14 Jul 2017 11:39:00
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It may be a little-known fact, but Teesside can lay claim to be part of the traditional apple growing belt of the country!

That’s according to Redcar-based solicitor Julian Gaskin, who brews his own brand of Tees Cider and sells exclusively at both Saltburn Farmers’ Market and Saltburn Food Festival.

We’re at the very northern tip of the Tees-Exe line,” said Julian. “It’s a geological line running Northeast-Southwest between the mouth of the Tees in Redcar down to the River Exe in Devon, and it basically divides the country into lowland and upland regions.

And, believe it or not, right here on Teesside, we’re part of the traditional apple growing belt of the country.”

It’s that sense of history that has led to Julian producing his own popular brand of Tees Cider, all made using apples from the orchards of Teesside.

Julian, a solicitor specialising in criminal and family law for 20 years, is a director of Teesside Law based in Redcar.

He makes his cider at home in Redcar, began selling at Saltburn Farmers’ market in 2014, and is looking forward to a busy day at Saltburn Food Festival on Sunday 30 July.

Saltburn is a fantastic market and literally just a couple of miles up the road for us,” said Julian. “I obviously work full-time as a lawyer, so selling our cider exclusively at Saltburn fits perfectly with our work-life balance.

It also means we can brew in relatively small quantities and keep the quality high, with our cider maturing for at least six months before being bottled for the Market.

It’s a real labour of love, and means we can make a cider that is truly local and unique for people to enjoy.

We use apples from Apple Orchard in Skelton, brew the cider in Redcar, and sell at Saltburn. It doesn’t really get any more local than that.”

Our dry cider has an almost Prosecco dryness,” said Julian. “It’s fantastic chilled with tapas, or making cocktails with sloe gin.

We also do Spiced and Ginger ciders, both of which are great chilled with Indian and Indonesian food, and our sweet cider is perfect with Roast Pork.”

Julian is now perfecting his latest batch of Tees Cider for Saltburn Food Festival on Sunday 30 July.

The Festival is an absolute must for local food-lovers. If you’re interested in good local food it’s got absolutely everything you need. It’s just an amazing day, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

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