Based in Spalding Lincolnshire i have been making cider from locally sourced apples for about 10 years. Until recently i used a homemade traditional oak press. Unfortunately after the last visit from the local authorities they deemed this equipment unsuitable, even though i have been using it for years with no problems.
I now use a stainless steel hydro press.
The bulk of my apples are collected locally from peoples' gardens, many of them being old varieties.
I believe the mixture of different varieties, sometimes as many as 22, adds to the flavour and characteristic of my ciders.
I make several styles of cider;
Spalding Scrumpy---dry, still
Fenland Gold---medium, still
Headwrecker/Oblivion---dry, sparkling, strong
Cider with raspberry
Cider with blackberry
Cider with strawberry/blackcurrant