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Address: Sjoetunsvegen 32, Balestrand 6899, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 908 35 673
12:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Wed 12:00 - 18:00
Thu 12:00 - 21:00
Fri 12:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Cider House is located in Balestrand in an organic fruit orchard with...

The Cider House is located in Balestrand in an organic fruit orchard with more than 100 fruit varieties. We are situated a short 15 min walk along the fjord from Kviknes Hotel. Our restaurant is in a glass house with a panoramic view of the Sognefjord.

From May 2017 the Cider House is an Economusee – artisans at work, a sustainable craft tourism initiative where the artisans are chosen based on their commitment for quality and the genuine.


In our cider cellar we use traditional methods to make "champagne-cider" and distil apple brandy. Join one of our family members telling your party all about how we make fruit and berries into juice, cider and brandy. The program lasts for approx. 30 min and includes samples of cider or juice. We have interpretations from Sunday to Friday at 12.30 and 15.30. Visit our web-page to book a tour.


The Cider House has its own shop with approx. 20 types of Balholm-ciders, fruit juices and food souvenirs from the garden. In 2017 the shop is open from May 22nd from 12-18, Sunday to Friday (no sale of alcohol on Sundays).


The restaurant offers a menu with local produce and is inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Here you can try our beverages, together with warm and cold dishes (incl. vegetarian and vegan dishes) and desserts. Visit our tripadvisor page for the restaurant.

The summer restaurant is in 2017 open from June 22nd – August 18th. Sunday – Friday at 12-18 o'clock. Thursday from 12-21 o'clock. Closed Saturday due to private events such as weddings.

For groups. On request we offer heritage walks, activities and courses.

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Better Late than Never... 2014

We visited Sogn Fruitpark & Cider House in 2014. At the time there weren't very many reviews or places we read about to go see. We made a reservation for Dinner. We walked... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2016
Laura B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

We visited Sogn Fruitpark & Cider House in 2014. At the time there weren't very many reviews or places we read about to go see. We made a reservation for Dinner. We walked (about 40 minutes from what I can remember) from our hotel in the city center. The walk was worth it alone. Through little streets and passing beautiful... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a a lovely family ran cider production business. We had a tour of the production process and a cider tasting event. We combined the tasting with a delicious lunch in a lovely airy conservatory. It was perfect on a rainy day in beautiful Balestrand. Most enjoyable.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Sometimes you don't need to go looking for perfection it finds you, today we found the most wonderful family run Cider Farm in Balestrand. We were the only couple and had the experts to ourselves, great tour and so lovely to hear how the family developed their business. Lunch was high quality , beautiful lentil soup and bread with herb... More 

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Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

We came by in may and had a nice chat with the owner. You can purchase their Apple cider but the restaurant doesn't open until the tourist season kicks off in mid June.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

After reading reviews of this restaurant the reality proved to be quite different. Ordering a selection from the Medz menu and choosing to do the three cider tasting the results were underwhelmingly. The cibbatta bread was stale, the Norwegian flatbread had stale pieces. The scallops were very ordinary, the meatballs and the salad also. The table flowers matched our drooping... More 

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GardEH, Manager at The Cider House - Cidertasting and Shop, responded to this review

We are sorry to read about your disappointing experience. High expectations are the consequence of good reviews, and we can not always fulfill these. We can only say we are sorry for your disappointing meal. We are happy to learn that you found other good alternatives in Balestrand. We all work hard and do our best to provide our guests... More 

Olga, Washington
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Beautiful grounds and structure, delicious home cooked lunches, tours of the cider making operations with an opportunity to buy juices right off the presses. Very nice staff, mostly extended family.

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

The restaurant at the Cider House is the best place to eat in Balestrand. If you are lucky, the owner will show you the cider caves in the basement.

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