A taste of cider at Old Fire Station

    Tonbridge Cider Festival
    Old Tonbridge Fire Station owner Richard Collins with Alice Churchward and Phil Turner

    While the town’s first Food and Drink Festival was taking place at Tonbridge Castle, another event was making its debut just around the corner at the Old Fire Station in Castle Street.

    The Tonbridge Cider Festival offered tastings of more than 40 vintages, including several developed for the venue by Phil Turner of Marden-based Turners Cider.

    Old Fire Station spokesperson Sam Goode said: “The festival just came out of a conversation we had with Phil Turner and it has turned out to be a really popular event.

    “We’ve found that around 90 per cent of people say they are not actually cider drinkers, but this festival has proved that people do like it once they have had the chance to try it. Our elderflower, medium and dry ciders went down really well.”

    Mr Turner said: “It has been a brilliant festival, and it has made a real difference that the Old Fire Station has its own cider.

    “It has taken a while to get our business going, including actually making the cider, but over the past six months we have reached the point where it is a full-time venture now and it is great fun.”