Following the huge success of Jeremy Clarkson's Hawkstone lager, the broadcaster's co-star in hit series Clarkson's Farm Kaleb Cooper is launching his own cider.

Kaleb’s Hawkstone Cider is described as a medium dry lightly sparkling, well balanced cider, rich with the sweet and bitter flavours of apple.

It will be produced by Guy Lawrence, a fifth-generation cider-maker from Herefordshire whose family-owned mill dates back to the 1880s.

Kaleb, 23, said: “I’ve spent the last year breaking my back cultivating malting barley so that Jeremy could launch Hawkstone lager. But truth be told, I’ve always been a cider man myself.

“Hawkstone Cider is pretty special. It won’t be super-sweet disco-fizz, I’m doing cider right: starting with the best heritage apple varieties.

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“And the way it’s made is pretty special too. It’s quite hard to produce with a complex fermenting and cold filtering process but it’s very easy to drink."

Kaleb is now on a mission to refresh the image of cider and promote orchard planting.

Over the last 60 years more than 90 per cent of England’s traditional orchards have disappeared with many older varieties of cider apples lost.

He is addressing this by planting an orchard of his own.

He said: “I’m partnering with farmers across the country who share my love for cider made from these amazing apple varieties, to plant more orchards - including one on my own farm - and create a cider that while hard to make, is easy to drink.”

Historically, Weston’s Cider don’t use any apples from Oxfordshire and this is something that Kaleb wanted to put right in his cider which will also include varieties from Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

He hopes to hold an apple festival in autumn, where he plans to take all the best Oxfordshire apple varieties up to the Weston’s presses outside Ledbury.

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Kaleb, who has been working in farming since he was at school and has a one-year-old son called Oscar, has collected over a million followers on Instagram since starring in the hit TV show - more than most Hollywood stars.

He is currently filming a second series while continuing to run his successful farming contracting business and is publishing his first book, The World According to Kaleb published by Quercus, in October.

He told The Times he is now regularly mobbed at agricultural shows and has resorted to hiding in the toilets of his local cinema to avoid being recognised.

Hawkstone Cider is available to buy via and will be available on Amazon in due course.