On a wonderfully sunny and bright day in late May, Bentley Essex provided a first class luxury experience for a select handful of clients.
Working with Aspall, the family run cyder-making business, we were fortunate enough to be able to access the family home and production facilities of this distinctly British brand and allow our guests to ‘sample the goods’, both those from Crewe and the wonderful cyders, vinegars and juices which are all produced on site at the delightfully named ‘Cyder House’ in rural Suffolk.
The day started with members of the Bentley Essex team donning their chauffeur hats and collecting clients and their guests from their homes in a fleet of Bentley Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed models. Some clients decided to experience the Mulsanne models from the back seats with others choosing to take the wheel themselves and experience first-hand the wonderful poise and power which the Mulsanne models serve up so effortlessly.
The tour begun with a presentation from Barry Chevallier Guild, an eighth generation member of the family and the current Chairman of Aspall. A detailed overview of the family history was both fascinating and informative, demonstrating the way in which the business has developed since its creation in 1728.
From here, white lab coats were put on and the group then ventured in to the factory for a tour of the production facilities.
The group was then treated to a wonderful lunch hosted by Barry and his wife Dale. The food was matched perfectly to a selection of different Cyder’s from Aspall's current range.
From here, Colin Hamilton the Head of Product Quality guided us through a tasting of the different Cyder’s which Aspall currently produce. Colin provided incredible insight into the intricate details which provide each different Cyder with its distinct taste and flavour. The group then had the opportunity to create their own cyder, with some weird and wonderful concoctions being the end result! The day then ended with a lovely goodie bag being presented to each attending guest with a bottle of each of Aspall's Cyder, complete with branded glass and bag to ensure that the produce was protected during the journey home.
A big thank you to all those that attended and to Barry and his team at The Aspall Cyder House.