Franklin Cider Mill

Franklin Cider Mill, Bloomfield Hills: Hours, Address, Franklin Cider Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

Franklin Cider Mill
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A Family Tradition The Franklin Cider Mill is a one-of-a-kind living piece of history. We take pride in our family-friendly atmosphere and strive to provide exceptional service. We press and bottle our own cider right here at the Mill! Each side of the press can hold up to sixty bushels of apples. Our cider season opens Labor day weekend and usually remains open until the first weekend after Thanksgiving. The donuts sold at the Mill are an old German recipe brought to this country many years ago. Our cider is NOT filtered, NOT pasteurized, and does NOT contain any form of preservative. It is a pure fruit juice and MUST be kept refrigerated Labels and business names similar to ours are now being used by others and are undoubtedly confusing to our customers. Please remember that there is only one outlet for our products, which is . . . THE FRANKLIN CIDER MILL!
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Stan
Charlevoix, MI593 contributions
Nice cider mill on Franklin Road. The place sits on a picturesque hillside next to a small river. We went on Labor Day and it was very very busy, and parking was hard to come by - but it was a sunny day and no one complained. The mill has some ancillary vendor operations which included some oversized hot dogs and a gift shop along with a few other things including music from a streetside DJ. This is a fun one hour diversion especially for young children. The cider was OK and the doughnuts are fine when they are hot. The Hot Dogs are good but $7 seems a bit stiff - but they were selling rapidly. I recommend giving this one a try.
Written September 7, 2021
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Jacob M
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This is NOT in "Bloomfield Hills", it is in Bloomfield Township ... but you had might as well think of it as being in the Village of Franklin ... municipal disagreements notwithstanding.
This is a very traditional cider mill (previously a grist mill also). The apples used to be grown right up the hill at the old Pickering orchard about about 500 yards away.
Written July 8, 2022
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Johannawrites
37 contributions
The apple cider is delicious (take home a bottle of the sparkling cider too) but I really enjoyed the donuts and took some home as well to enjoy. It's an outdoor space for the most part so wrap up warm fall/winter especially because the line into the store extends outside. There's a huge mill wheel to see and it's nice to sit on one of the benches and watch the ducks swimming along in the little river.
Written November 6, 2019
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CindyJV
Detroit, MI297 contributions
Family
We visited the mill on an absolutely beautiful fall afternoon. Of course, everyone else had the same idea, so the lines are long. That’s to be expected, so that really wasn’t a problem. We also expected the ridiculously high prices! The downfall was the donuts just weren’t all that tasty. I’ve had much better donuts at Long’s and Erwins.
Written February 23, 2020
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Aic
Ferndale, Michigan, United States2 contributions
Friends
My family and friends decided that we'd like to adventure and try out a new cider mill this year and wanted to try Franklin's out. We also, called ahead because we heard that dogs are allowed and decided to take my 2 pitbulls with me and the staff member on the phone said that it would be no problem as long as they dont eat ducks or the children. Sounds good to me since neither of my dogs do either.

But honestly, it turned into a bad trip due to misinformed staff and fellow customers that only believe what the media says. We showed up and walked around a bit and we were having a nice time. Then other people's dogs started barking at mine. And my dogs aren't the type to ignore another dog, yapping at them aggressively so they barked back louder.It was a very brief incident and we stayed in the back where we could sit and the dogs could sit next to us quietly. We had quite a few groups of strangers just play and pet our dogs gently and not surprisingly have anyone's face bitten off. Although, there were people staring at my dogs warily like they were some type of sharks with laser beams attached to their heads. Seriously, you guys need to calm down and if you're so worried than don't sit 5 feet away from me with your sideways glances. It is common sense that if you're worried about pitbulls then dont sit next to one and maybe you should go eat your donuts elsewhere.

We ended up getting the boot with the reason being that "my dogs are making people nervous"...really? Did you just see that Labrador be the first to give crap to my dogs and the owner did nothing? ' Instead of arguing, we left with an "okay" to not make matters worse and last thing we need to do is start arguing with staff that it is unfair to toss us out and not the other dogs that caused issues.

After getting told to leave, we placed the dogs in the car for a few minutes to grab some cider with friends but then the same worker sent another person to follow us to make sure we didnt do anything suspicious. Seriously...after we just left our dogs courteously and placed them in our car. You're going to think we are going to cause trouble?

Overall, thanks to the worker that turned us away from your business. I understand what you were trying to do in terms of making customers that are "nervous" to be happy to be there. Its good to know right off the bat that this isn't the business with close minded customers you serve is the type of establishment for us. This type of discrimination is not acceptable and this is a warning to fellow pitbull owners to not bring your dogs if this is the place you want to go for a fun idea for the weekend.
Written October 6, 2014
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Alfred Brock
Wayne, MI415 contributions
Family
This is a nice location once you get into it. The parking lot is challenging to say the least. It is difficult to get into and out of. Walking to the facility is not easy. Handicapped persons, the elderly and anyone with children should be on guard and ready for action!

Entry is close up on what can be a very busy intersection.

Having said that, on a busy day the facility is quite packed. Their pies are wonderful. The cider ranges from first rate to rather disappointing. I don't know if it's all the source apples or the process.

They have a profusion of bees at this location and because of the constricted space it will be difficult to avoid them if you or someone in your party is allergic. The place is heavily wooded all around and the River Rouge runs along and throug the property. The river can alternately run calm and rough - children should be kept away from the river. Do not enter the water.

The pies are fine and donuts are good. This attraction is just what it says it is - 'A Family Tradition'. You might not recall the actual reason you are doing but you did it last year so you might as well do it again.

It's okay for a short day trip and to pick up the sweet (sometimes) cider and pies and donuts.

I give it a solid 'Eh'.
Written July 23, 2019
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Shampa525
Winter Springs, FL55 contributions
Family
I have been coming to the Cider Mill since I was a kid. I love they still sell cider and donuts there. You can see the process and walk around on a nice crisp fall day. Not to be missed!
Written October 14, 2018
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detroitmom
Bloomfield Hills, MI129 contributions
Family
If you are in the area, the Franklin Cider should be on your to go list. FCM is not a farm where you pick apples and pumpkins. It is a great place for in house made donuts and cider. There is also a small market area with cheese, apples and pies. Go her for the cider and donuts. The staff still write down your order and tally it by hand. You can watch the water wheel and the pressing of apples. But you are here for the wonderful warm donuts and fresh cider.
Written June 18, 2018
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M R
Kansas City, KS2 contributions
Friends
Was in the area and read good reviews; should have heeded the bad ones. Hoping to see the cider process; not available. Hoping to sample the cider and donuts - not available. Bought a small cup of cider for $1.25 - worth it - didn't buy more. We skipped buying a donut. We did get samples of the available apples so we bought a small bag of apples for $12.50 - same apples were cheaper in the store. It is a quaint setting, there are ducks and water under the bridge that connects the parking lot to the sales tents. The young man pressing the cider was friendly and informative as were the people in the tents. The in-store-staff were not. We drove 30 minutes for a 15 minute experience. Lesson learned.
Written September 3, 2014
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jpmckeon111
Detroit, MI39 contributions
The donuts are hot and fresh but very greasy but they taste good. The cider is cold and freshly pressed. Parking can be a problem on busy weekends. Kids love it and enjoy feeding the donuts to the ducks in the Franklin river. Some times the bee's are an annoyance howver.
Written December 17, 2019
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