Our Story

12th Century

Apples have been grown and cider pressed on the Luscombe Farm since the Twelfth Century. Traditionally workers were paid, at least in part with cider, up to a rather generous five gallons in the summer. This was the way things were done round here right up until the 1970s.

1750

The Luscombe family emigrated to the New World

1961

The David family arrived at Luscombe and Julian David opened the next chapter in the Luscombe story.

1978

Julian had the romantic dream to rejuvenate the cider company and use the old stone farm buildings to create great cider with the master cider maker Jonny Nance.

1983

Luscombe Cider earned First Prize and Reserve Champion at the Devon County Show.

1997

Gabriel David, son of Julian, returned from a four year spell in Sicily to take over the cider business and to bring craft soft drinks ideas to a waning cider business. Every drink was, and still is today, entirely free from concentrates, additives, preservatives, colourings, artificial flavourings or enhancers. 

1998

Luscombe gains organic accreditation from the Soil Association. The first drinks brand in the UK to gain this highly regarded certification. 

1980s

Luscombe is awarded its first Great Taste Award from the Guild of Fine Food. Again the first drinks brand in the UK to receive this prestigious Award.

2006

With demand for our organic soft drinks continuing to grow, we partnered with a local farm and built ourselves a state of the art production kitchen, on a local farm, about 3 miles away from ourLuscombe home. 

2018

We became deeply involved in an agroforestry partnership on the Dartington Hall Estate. This is where we planted our first organically certified elderflower plantation. The first in the UK.

2018

Our luxury tonic water range is launched.

2020

The global Covid pandemic hits the world – the lights go dim and we hunker down to ride out a long storm.

2021

Luscombe Drinks have been served at palace events and enjoyed by the Royal Family for many years. In 2021 we were awarded a Royal Warrant in recognition for the high quality and sustainably produced product we produce.