We had a wonderful day on the cider (tour) at Ampleforth, yesterday – the weather was just perfect for it. Warm sunshine, lovely views & autumnal colours. Tea, coffee or apple juice on arrival, an interesting talk in the orchards & so many varieties of apples to try if we wished. Amazingly the cider presses & bottling area took up little more than a shed the size of two double garages. Lunch consisted of broccoli & Stilton soup with a huge whole meal granary bread bun, followed by Yorkshire Tapas – ham, beef, pork pie, small sausages, gherkins, leaves, tomatoes & two types of cheese presented on a sharing board – all local produce & as much tea & coffee as required. Bottles of apple juice, liqueur & apple brandy were available at a discounted price after sampling all of these with lunch. Then it was on to the main building & Abbey for the rest of the afternoon.
Thanks go to Ann Hill for continuing to provide a wonderful annual programme of days out. Thanks also to Tania Brightmore for her reports on our events.