History of The Cider Press

The Cider Press - Plymouth Barbican History
The Building was first commissioned in 1868 by HRH Queen Victoria and was used as a Medical Store for her Naval Fleet. Prior to this it would have been a patch of sea kissed wasteland.

The water (Tide Allowing) used to almost lap the front doors and boats would be kept tight to their moorings which were a series of Granite Dolls. They are actually still located buried into the wall at the front of the building. After it ceased to be used for this purpose in the early part of the 1900’s it was used for a manner of different things including a Coppersmith on the ground floor and a Carpenters & Undertakers.

During the late 50’s it started to get into a state of terrible disrepair. The whole rear wall had collapsed and brought down the lions share of the roof. The present owner purchased her in 1971 for the princely sum of £746. He was the son of a local builder who specialised in Listed Buildings. The family set about rebuilding the fallen walls and turned her into the beautiful building you see today. She reopened under the new guise as a licensed restaurant “The Wine Lodge” was born. She then went on very successfully until 1992, when a real bandit worked his way into the premises. After he left the place was once again wrecked. The landlord once again set about transforming her into what you see today… “The Cider Press” was born… truly worth a second look…

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