Tiddly Pommes – Oxford Apple Juice

What we do

Within East Oxford and the surrounding area enormous quantities of lovely apples go unused each autumn.

Tiddly Pommes is Rupert’s experimental local micro-enterprise which turns them into bottled apple juice which is sold locally.

Trees whose crops might fall unharvested exist at a great variety of local sites and for many reasons, not least as relics of former plantations by which the old city was at one time practically surrounded.

Tiddly Pommes seeks to demonstrate that it is possible to make good use of such precious resources, even if this is unfashionable in the current era of mass institutionalised waste.

Far from being a problem, the surviving trees can offer us something special and intriguing as well as tasty, a characterful selection from the nation’s great abandoned apple heritage and a unique glimpse of Oxford’s past.

Fundraising for Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Tiddly Pommes apple juice would not exist without the services of Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Back in 2014, Rupert and his bicycle were involved in a high-speed collision with a car at Brill in Buckinghamshire, and he is only alive thanks to the work of MJ Slabbert and her air ambulance team who performed life-saving surgery at the scene before airlifting him to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

In July/August 2018, Rupert cycled 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Each air ambulance trip costs £2,500 and the service receives no state aid; Rupert’s target of raising £5,000 has been exceeded thanks to the generosity of sponsors, and the fundraising campaign remains open!

Please donate at Rupert’s stall at the East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market (see their website for dates when he is selling there). If you are able to donate £10 or more, you will receive a special edition bottle of Tiddly Pommes juice, dedicated to the air ambulance.

Donations are also gratefully received via his JustGiving page.

Thank you!

How we started

Tiddly Pommes was begun informally in 2007 in connection with the then-new East Oxford Farmers’ Market, whose emphasis remains on local, ethical production and strong community-based organisation. The idea of offering a local fruit-juicing process grew out of a background of winemaking and engineering experience, and production was achieved through the operation of a large single-screw basket press. From an original scale of a few dozen bottles per season, the operation has now expanded and also includes a line in beekeeping.

Today

In August 2016 we set up a dedicated processing facility in Cutteslowe, North Oxford. The manual press has been superseded by a fabulous all-stainless belt-press, and bespoke equipment for the rest of the juice-handling process has been developed accordingly. The guiding principles remain as originally intended: the fruit still comes from local trees which are not under heavy chemical treatment regimes. The juice, which is therefore effectively organic, is not filtered and it contains no added ingredients. It is carefully pasteurised and will keep for a long time unopened.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy your juice?

The juice is sold by the bottle at:

But what if I only want a glassful, not a whole bottle?

A selection of our juice is sold by the glass at:

I have an apple tree in my garden and its fruit goes to waste. Could you process its fruit for me?

Very likely, yes! Please contact us and we will press your fruit and return you some of the juice! We can be contacted on 07967 720106 or via the email address below.

Does it matter what variety of apples we have?

Not at all! In the course of a season we might process sixty or seventy different varieties of apple—sometimes in just a small quantity—right across the spectrum from sharp to sweet.

Privacy Policy

If you are a proprietor of an apple tree in Oxfordshire, and we (Tiddly Pommes Ltd) have been in contact with you, we may store some information about you in our contacts spreadsheet – namely: your name, phone number, email address, address, type of tree/s and how prolific it/they has/have been. We use this information to stay in touch with you about the apple season, and to inform bespoke labels for bottles. Labels include only your first name and road or area, along with the apple variety and/or information about the tree. We do not use your data for any other purposes, and will not pass them on to any third party without your consent. We keep these data secure through password protection. We will only keep this information as long as is needed to fulfil our role in pressing fruit in Oxfordshire into delicious juice. We believe that we have consent from tree proprietors to hold these data. If I (Rupert Griffin) cease to be a Director of Tiddly Pommes Ltd, I would pass these data on to the other directors (Hannah Fenton and Antony Melville). If Tiddly Pommes Ltd and/or its assets were passed to another company, I would re-seek your consent for this transfer. If Tiddly Pommes Ltd cease to trade without an asset transfer to another company, these data would be deleted. You have a right to request the data about you that we hold, and/or for them to be deleted: please contact us via the email address below.

[TEXT IN IMAGE]: The address you should use is this:
<info [at] tiddlypommes [dot] co [dot] uk>.