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STIR-UP SUNDAY

Posted on 25th Nov 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


Last Sunday was “Stir up Sunday”. If you have no idea what that means, you can relax; I would like to say you are in good company as until recently I didn’t either.
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Great Cheese and Cider Matches

Posted on 21st Nov 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


Why the world’s best restaurants don’t have cider matches on their cheese menus is becoming increasingly more mysterious to me. What is on offer to go with a cheese platter tends to be a one size fits all sweet wine or a port.
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The Theory of Cheese and Cyder

Posted on 18th Nov 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


As anyone who has done any statistics will know, to prove a theory you have to set out to disprove it. It’s called the negative hypothesis, and you keep on at it until you have failed enough times to prove that the theory is actually right.
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Guy Fawkes

Posted on 4th Nov 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


Most of us know Guy Fawkes as an effigy burnt on bonfires everywhere across the UK on November 5th – Bonfire Night; usually accompanied by fireworks, you would be hard pushed to find a child in this country who doesn’t know about it. Too bad it now seems to be playing an ever more second fiddle – certainly effort wise – to the imported trick or treat antics of Hallowe’en. Not enough sweets on offer from Guido’s night I guess.
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Cyder vinegar - what are the health benefits?

Posted on 22nd Sep 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Healthy Living


​If I had a penny for every time I’m asked “Cyder Vinegar, that’s really good for you isn’t it?” I could have given up making the stuff years ago.
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How to handle the marrow onslaught

Posted on 13th Sep 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat, Cook & Eat


​Here’s the scenario; you’re going away for a long weekend and do a quick reconnaissance and strip pick of the veg garden to make sure nothing will go off in your absence. You also check the courgettes, as you have done every day for the last few days. They’re still not really the right size, and given they have been moving at what seems like glacial pace on the size front, you leave them, confident that upon your return they will be perfect for any number of delightful courgette based dishes.
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Change the World with a Drink in your Hand - 5 favourite organic drinks

Posted on 8th Sep 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Whatever your view on organic farming practices and their global effects, few would deny that growing produce with fewer chemicals and manmade fertilisers is a good thing.
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Celebrating 70 years with the Soil Association

Posted on 1st Sep 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in 1728-2028


Whenever I asked my Grandmother about the early days of The Soil Association, conversation would often turn to Lady Eve Balfour, an inspiring character whom Granny would often describe as a “true warrior”.
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Quick Garden Pickles

Posted on 26th Aug 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


​It’s the time of the year when all that hard work in the veg garden starts to pay back big time. Well, when I say all that hard work, I mean mainly all Lizzie’s hard work. And now our bounteous harvest is coming in, the kitchen has become a whirr of activity as we feast on the fruits of Lizzie’s labour.
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#ShrubItUp - the final at Imbibe Live

Posted on 21st Jul 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Events


So we finally made it to the biggest day of the competition; live at Imbibe on Tuesday 5th July, our 4 heat winners – complete with the Wild Card entry of Fitz from the Bristol Heat – were waiting nervously in the wings to step out and in front of a full auditorium to give it their best shot at winning the competition and heading to New York. Oh, and receiving the praise and adulation of their friends, family and possibly most importantly – their peers.
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5 lovely drinks from Glastonbury 2016

Posted on 18th Jul 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


When conditions become adverse, when the going gets tough, when the mud of Worthy Farm rises up and threatens to become the dominant factor of your festival, it is necessary to stop and breathe, to take stock of the situation and do so whilst taking on board some sustenance. These were my top 5 ‘medicinal’ drinks from Glastonbury 2016.
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The definition of mud - Glastonbury 2016

Posted on 17th Jul 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Apparently, Eskimos have dozens (if not hundreds) of words for snow; so it struck me at this year’s Glastonbury that given the multiple forms mud presents itself in, how come English only has one word for it?
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#ShrubItUp - heat 4, Manchester

Posted on 27th Jun 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Events


​It was only on landing at Elixir on Deansgate – our hosts for the evening - and being asked how often I came to Manchester, that I realised it was damned nearly a decade since I last had. My liaisons with the city have been very few and far between – sadly so.
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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR and DIETING – what’s it all about?

Posted on 24th Jun 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook & Eat


​You may have missed it but I was on the tele recently. It was part of Channel 4’s “Food Unwrapped” series where a team of presenters – Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt – look in to different foods to better understand where they come from, how they are made. It’s a good show - very informative and even-handed.
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#ShrubItUp - heat 3, London

Posted on 24th Jun 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Events


“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show”. So spoke Samuel Johnson, and he had a point, it is one of the finest cities in the world. I love coming down; semi-resident as we are in Shoreditch we trade the green and quiet of the orchard for the hustle and the bustle of the street very willingly, albeit temporarily.
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#ShrubItUp - heat 2, Brighton

Posted on 20th Jun 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Events


​Oh how I love Brighton. Years ago, we would come down here during half term because my parents would exhibit at a Health Food Exhibition there, and the holiday would pass in the slightly stifling interior of the Exhibition Centre – albeit accompanied by excursions to the pier, and suppers in a fantastic fish restaurant called Wheelers. It had a tatty charm back then, wearing the clothes of a town that really had seen better days.
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#ShrubItUp - heat 1, Bristol

Posted on 14th Jun 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Events


As I sat back watching the scenery fly past the train window my mind turned to what was looming for me that evening. Bristol was to be the first heat, and with it came the excitement that comes from a degree of uncertainty as to the format of the evening.
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#ShrubItUp - the UK's first shrub cocktail competition

Posted on 10th Jun 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Events


​I think if you ask most people who know me, they would concur that I can be passionate / borderline geek / bore about what I do – usually it involves apples in one form or another. Fortunately, just enough of the passion seems to seep through to prevent narcolepsy within my audience, or a charge for the nearest exit.
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Cape Crusader

Posted on 10th Mar 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I’ve been to Cape Town a few times, and at the risk of sounding a little blasé and spoilt, it was always just fine, ok.
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To Drink or Not to Drink? – A Journey in to Shrubs

Posted on 14th Jan 2016 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


It’s actually been nearly a decade since I gave up drinking for the first time. My wife Lizzie has always given up; every year, for a month. And she encouraged me to do the same after we first met. Ridiculous; I mean why? What’s the point? I wasn’t an addict – I don’t start drinking at breakfast; well, maybe occasionally on a birthday. I held my ground for a couple of years.
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Aspall Press Opening September 29th 2015

Posted on 15th Oct 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in 1728-2028


It’s not until you look back that you realise just how far you have come. I know, bit of an obvious statement, but there are times when the circumstance of the reflection adds a great deal of weight and clarity to the perspective.
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Our top Pickling Tips!

Posted on 16th Sep 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook And Eat


Pickling veg and fruit isn’t as fiddly and time-consuming as you might think. It’s a great way to preserve summer and autumn veg for those dull winter months. Great with cold meat and cheese they’ll liven up any lunchtime, but they can also be stirred into stews, curries and soups for a bit of extra oomph.
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Aspall Scoops Family Business Award 2015

Posted on 9th Aug 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in 1728-2028


​Over the years, we have been proud to be both recommended for and to receive many awards for our products. It’s not quite as often that we are shortlisted for business awards, so we were thrilled to be shortlisted for the Family Business Awards of the Year 2015 for both East Anglian business and Food & Drink Business.
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Sepp Blatter - my part in his downfall

Posted on 15th Jul 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


It was around 8.30 that I knew something was up. It was the Wednesday evening Brazil were playing Germany in the World Cup. My wife received a text from a girlfriend which simply read “Oh my God are you watching this?” Watching what, I thought; it had to be the game surely, something incredible must have been happening. And so as it turned out, it was.
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New York in the the Spring - my 5 favourite bars in Brookyn

Posted on 22nd Jun 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Do you ever remember at school being shown an image similar to the one above and being asked to read out what it says?
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Supping in Seattle

Posted on 3rd Mar 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I’ve always loved Seattle; ever since I first set foot in the place over a decade ago, it has always been a city I have enjoyed visiting.
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5 drinks from my first Thanksgiving

Posted on 13th Jan 2015 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Cider – or ciderkin as it was referred to in the day, was listed alongside Cheate bread and Butter on the "Bill of Fare" for the Plimoth Plantation 1627 Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims. Conjecture remains as to exactly what this liquid really was, but cider was at the heart of Thanksgiving meals for many a long year since. Much has changed, both in drinking habits in the US, and the celebration itself; so given that, plus the fact we were in wine country, I have no issue swerving from the history books in my drinks choice.
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My First Thanksgiving

Posted on 29th Dec 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


When it transpired that a recent trip to California (almost) coincided with Thanksgiving, it didn’t take much persuading for us to delay our return and expose ourselves to a holiday we have heard of, but outside of the US, most of us know little about.
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My 5 Favourite Ciders From New York Cider Week 2014

Posted on 2nd Dec 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


When I head out on my travels my radar is open right from touchdown for what I’m going to write about. It usually takes a week or so to pull a list together, but on this trip I was absolutely swamped with choices – all of them worthy of making it on. Here, after great deliberation, are my top 5 from this year’s Cider Week.
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We ♥ The Big Apple

Posted on 28th Nov 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


If I were to tell you that New York’s nickname “The Big Apple” has nothing actually to do with apples you may not be surprised – you may even already know that. If you don’t, it’s a term that came from the racecourses that were all around New York in the first half of the 20th Century.
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Eine Kleine Nacht in Frankfurt

Posted on 5th Nov 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I had to go to Frankfurt on a business trip recently. I was quite excited at the prospect; I’ve never been to Frankfurt before, I like Germany and it’s the city around which their cider industry is based.
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5 Ciders worth checking out in Australia

Posted on 28th Oct 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Following my trip to Sydney, Australia's largest and most cosmopolitan city, here are my top 5 tipples worth checking out whilst down under.
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Starting a Taste Revolution

Posted on 21st Oct 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


It’s never a short journey to Australia; remarkable though it is that you can get to the other side of the planet in 27 hours, it’s still a hell of a slog. So dropping in for a mere 5 days was always going to be challenging, even if it meant I could go to my cousin’s 50th in Melbourne on the way home. Oh, and I caught up with great buddies who live in Sydney, and it’s a fine city to hang out in and I had a gorgeous Air BnB rooftop apartment – tcha! Some people are never satisfied eh?
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5 awesome things I drank at Burning Man 2014

Posted on 10th Oct 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I recently wrote about my trip to the Burning Man Festival. As ever, this provided an excellent opportunity to experience a number of different beverages in a completely unique setting.
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Burning Man 2014

Posted on 3rd Oct 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


From my personal experience, I can confirm that The Burning Man Festival is an extraordinary event and, contrary to what the Red Tops and popular press would have you believe, it is the most positive affirmation that there is great hope for the future of humanity. That may sound a little melodramatic, but if you hadn't ever heard of Burning Man before, put your ears to the ground and the likelihood is that you soon will.
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My Favourite drinks moments at Glastonbury

Posted on 15th Jul 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I don’t recall many things from our last visit to Worthy Farm in ’94, and pit stops at the Cider Bus apart, what we drank that year is a faded memory. I do recall what we drank this year though, and here are my top 5 from Glastonbury 2014.
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Return to Glastonbury - 2014

Posted on 9th Jul 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


It’s been 20 years since I last wandered the fields of Worthy Farm; I had been a few times before, but our last visit was memorable for many of the wrong reasons – tent slashed, stuff stolen, a drugs shooting, and a bit of a gnarly atmosphere. This was all before security was tightened and the festival – as some commentators have put it – became gentrified.
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My 5 stand out ciders from Minneapolis Cider Week

Posted on 12th Jun 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Minneapolis might seem like an unlikely place for a cider week, but after attending this year I can confirm that this is the wrong assumption to make. The Twin Cities have a vibrant and exciting cider market, enjoying a massive surge in interest and popularity and cider week provided the opportunity to sample more than 1 or 2...
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Dispatches from a Mid West Cider Revolution – Minneapolis Cider Week

Posted on 11th Jun 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I’ve just spent a week drinking cider in Minnesota. My life is tough. Target destination was the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, which have always held a place in my heart after I spent a summer here 2 decades ago working for the food giant Pillsbury.
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5 unexpected drink ‘hits’ in New York

Posted on 10th Jun 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


While on my travels, I always take the opportunity to try some new beverages - this trip involved some pleasant surprises...
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New York Stories – tales from (nearly) up state

Posted on 9th Jun 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I achieved a long held ambition on this trip to New York – going up state. Well, when I say up state, I mean 2 hours up the Hudson Valley. New York State reaches actually reaches all the way to the Canadian border.
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Another sweet treat from our orchards

Posted on 14th May 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cyder House


I recently wrote about the really important role that bees and other insects play in pollinating the trees in our orchards. We’re fortunate that keeping bees has honey as a fantastic by-product, which as well as being totally delicious, has been used for its health benefits for thousands of years.
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A hive of activity

Posted on 6th May 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cyder House


It’s a magical time of year to walk through our orchards. While we admire the spectacular blossom on the trees, we’ve been thinking about the bees and other insects which help to pollinate our trees, enabling the transformation takes place.
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5 drinks to try when in Sri Lanka

Posted on 22nd Apr 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I recently wrote about my latest trip to Sri Lanka where I experienced some fabulous local food. I have to be honest, Sri Lanka is not long on quality drinking, but here are 5 of the things I drank more than once.
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Sri Lanka beach diaries

Posted on 16th Apr 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Sri Lanka Schmee Lanka. Why go all that way when you could stop in India? Glorious India, hectic, exhilarating, dusty India. Instead, pedestrian, boring, backwater Sri Lanka?
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5 Top Ciders from Chicago Cider Summit

Posted on 21st Mar 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


My recent trip to Chicago inevitably involved plenty of cider tasting; there was such an array of products – over 90 ciders to taste in all. There were some crackers there; the breadth was extraordinary - here are my top 5….
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Chicago Delights

Posted on 11th Mar 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


Chicago in February is cold even in a normal winter. 2013 / 14 has not been a normal winter and stepping out of O’Hare International Airport to -20ºC was quite a shock to the system. It’s a brutal temperature, compounded by winds blowing off Lake Michigan that chill extremities to harsh pain in a couple of minutes.
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Apple cyder vinegar each day keeps the doctor away

Posted on 23rd Jan 2014 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Cook & Eat


Well I know it may all sound a bit odd, but taking cyder vinegar daily as a little health tonic has a long and illustrious past.
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5 great California pale ales

Posted on 1st Dec 2013 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


In the absence of cyders to shout about, I did discover some superb Californian Pale Ales on my recent trip to the West Coast. Here's my top 5...
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California dreaming...

Posted on 29th Nov 2013 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I’ve just got back from a trip to San Francisco; I’ve been a few times to this fair city but it’s been a long time since I spent some serious time in it, and it’s been too long. It is a multi-faceted place; from its iconic tourist sites, laid back cafes and bars through to its bohemian Burning Man art installations it has long been a place of great creativity.
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5 favourite ciders from US Cider Week

Posted on 2nd Nov 2013 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


I have been sampling US craft ciders for over 10 years now, and in those early years, many I tasted were not that well-made, lacked identity and were generally too much of a challenge to drink. Whilst that is undoubtedly still true for some of the products out there now, the really good US craft ciders are simply stunning.
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Dispatches from New York Cider Week

Posted on 30th Oct 2013 by Henry Chevallier Guild in Henry's Travels


“The British are coming”, but does anyone really care? Whether or not Paul Revere did actually utter the now mythical rallying cry to the Patriots as he rode through Massachusetts that April night in 1775, it has come to symbolise the resistance shown to the colonial power being flexed by Britain at the time, and to cut a very long story short, ultimately culminated in the United States becoming an independent country.
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