We have been using Heron Valley since the inn was renovated almost 11 years ago. Another one of our favourite family run businesses that have become a huge success, making award winning organic juices and cider for nearly 15 years.
Heron Valley has a very clear plan; "we make the best possible drinks, by hand, using only ever the best ingredients, predominantly Organic. Our drinks have won a raft of national awards including Gold and Double Gold at the Great Taste Awards, and winners of The Soil Association Organic Food Awards" They are also included on the top 50 Food & Drink website.
"No concentrates, water or sugars find their way into our juices, only ever whole organic apples, hand washed and pressed, before being bottled by hand and pasteurised."
The Organic Cider (one of our best sellers) Ruddystone is often known as 'rocket fuel' at the inn, being 6% ABV perhaps you can understand why. The cider is made in a truly authentic way with Devon Cider apples, fermented using the natural wild yeasts on the skins of the fruit, with no added water, yeasts or sulphites.
Their whole ethos is one of sustainable growth. All the packaging is made from recycled materials, they even recycle the apple skins and pomace by feeding it to our herd of Organic South Devon Cows.
A local fisherman, born and bred in Beesands. Alan and his crew on his boat Superbus bring us the freshest seafood possible. Alan specialises in trawling Lobster and Crab and also brings us our hand dived Scallops which in our eyes are the best out there.
Alan has 7 years experience in Scalloping and has been fishing since he left school in 1986. He is very passionate about his trade, which his father Tony Steer (Winky) passed onto him alongside his trawler. Alan never fails to succeed in supplying us with amazing, local seafood which we have become very well known for.
Nearly Naked Veg Company
We pride ourselves here at The Cricket, in using local and family run
businesses like ourselves.
Like most small producers, Nearly Naked have steered away from selling to supermarket chains and focus on the smaller businesses and individuals who truly appreciate the freshness and high standards.
Nearly Naked have been successfully producing high quality vegetables for 5 years now and have achieved some impressive awards along the way including 'Food Producer of the Year 2010/2011' and 'Online Retailer 2009' and runner up 2010.
They specialise in winter crops in which they grow themselves; Curley Kale, Savoy Cabbage, Red Cabbage and Sprouts. Although Curley Kale and Tomatoes seem to be their best seller, we can safely say that all the veg we are supplied with is at the highest standards we believe possible.
The Cricket Inn has been using Otter's extremely popular cask ales for
almost 4 years.
The building of the Otter Brewery was, and still is, a labour of love. Established in 1990 by David and Mary Ann McCaig and located on a sixteenth century farm high up in the Blackdown Hills, it is now one of the South West's leading suppliers of cask conditioned beer and has been named the 2013 'Brewery of the Year' by the Good Pub Guide.
The site is home to the UK's first underground eco cellar and the brewery's aim has always been to produce commercially viable beers that are full of integrity, provenance and real character. Otter Ale, Otter Bitter, Otter Bright, Otter Head and Otter Amber are available all year round as well as several seasonal specials including Otter Claus.
The waste is used to benefit its local surroundings; local farmers use the brewer's grain for cattle feed which is left from the malting barley after the mashing process. Majority of the yeast that grows in the pipes during the fermentation process is carted off down to the local piggery in Upottery. The remaining effluent is then naturally cleaned and fed back into the willow beds and lakes.
The Cricket Inn is proud to serve Otter Ale (4.5% ABV) and Otter Bitter (3.6% ABV) and is a great accompaniment with food.