Cuddybridge Apple Juice
From its beginnings in a small room in Innerleithen, Graham Stoddart's Cuddybridge Apple Juice has grown into its new site at nearby Kailzie Gardens. Visitors to the gardens' Courtyard can watch the apple presses in action as they squash out Stoddart's 100 per cent pure apple juice. All the apples are meticulously hand-picked and hand-pressed into the two versions of sweet or sharp juice depending on the apples available. The client list has burgeoned since bottling began in 2009 with local delis, cafés and restaurants in and around the Borders remaining loyal throughout, while top-name Edinburgh restaurants and Harvey Nichols have joined the demand. 'We find that once people try it they are hooked so they keep coming back for more,' says Stoddart, putting the success down to the purity of the juice: 'That's its saving grace – there are no additives whatsoever, no sugar, no water, just pure unadulterated natural apple juice.' And sweet – or occasionally sharp – it is too.