In 1924 having completed some research at the National Fruit and Cider Institute in Long Ashton, near Bristol, Redvers Coate decided to start a cider-making business in Nailsea, a town in North Somerset. His father gave him eight thousand pounds to found a factory in some derelict barns.
In 1918 Leonard Brake’s (b.1904) father started a small cider making business in Nailsea, North Somerset. They never produced cider on a large scale and never in bottles as became popular. However, at one time they supplied five pubs in Bristol and others in the surrounding area, but once breweries began binding landlords to their products in the mid-1950s, the Brakes could not continue supplying them with cider.