Tasty Wassail Tales. Martin Maudsley the story teller & Fiona Barrow the Fiddler. 15 & 16 Jan 2016



Good Tide!

We are all squirming around with excitement trying to type up plans and organise checklists for this coming orchard blessing Wassail. Not an easy thing to do when you have the story telling legend Martin Maudsley & captivating fiddler Fiona Barrow confirmed to tell Wassail tales and invite magical music between four courses of an apple inspired Full Feast Menu.

Food, tales, suspense, orchard blessing, music & laughter.

-With a bit o’ cider obviously.

Martin Maudsley’s storytelling is masterful – engaging, witty and suitably scary.”

Anyone who was fortunate enough to catch Martin & Fiona’s rendition of Peter and the Wolf at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, or has had the chance to eat lovingly crafted food and be immersed in story at the enchanting St Werburghs City Farm Cafe Tasty Tales will no doubt share in our excitement too.

This pair will host our Tasty Wassail Tales evening then guide us by flaming torch to our orchard where we will once again, meet the Green Man, the Robin Guardian and bless the coming crop by shooting toast out of the Wassail tree with a shotgun.

Yes it sounds peculiar, that we know, but our next years crop of apples depends on it so show up and get used to it.

Tickets are £50 per guest and the menu is a cracker this year.

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Oh yay, in other exiting news Marina O’Laughlin off of The Guardian food reviewing fame just put us down as her 2nd Favourite restaurant in the UK of all time! We’ve ne’er been so happy to come second. Congratulations to The Sportsman In Kent and all the fine Bristol places representing. Birch, Bell’s Diner and Bar Rooms.

Tickets are advance only. 01934 863 713 15th & 16th January 18:30 Prompt.

We can not wait to see you all again.

Toodle Pip Wassailers



The Collector Vermouth launches & Wassail fun beckons.

The Collector Vermouth

A proud moment for us all as we officially launch The Collector Vermouth, a recipe in development for five years, made with herbs grown on site, wild botanicals foraged from around the walls, apple spirit, wine & hand made caramel.

We are really pleased with the tasting notes.


Fine sediment with an amber hue.


Aromatic with notes of burnt orange, toffee, marmalade rosemary & sage.


Initial sweetness that gives way to satiating bitter notes, gentian, dried citrus fruit, roasted chestnuts and marmalade.

For more information: www.thecollectorvermouth.com


The Ethicurean Wassail Saturday January 10th 2015


Drink, Eat, be merry, and wish our trees ‘Waes heal’ (good health).

Wassail the trees, that they may bear

You many a plum, and many a pear:

For more or less fruits they will bring,

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Come and join our annual celebration of drinking the health of our apple trees, to prepare and encourage them for a bounteous harvest.

You will be warmly greeted with a glass of mulled cider or apple juice.

The Wassail Feast


 Cheddar & cider Welsh rabbit (rarebit). Gert salad. or

Walled garden roasted apple & bitter leaves. Pearl Las blue cheese, raisin purée & salt granola. (v)


 12 hour pork belly, fondant potato, cavolo nero, pickled apple & mushroom, mulled crackling. or

Mushroom & English truffle bread pudding, cavolo nero, lacto fermented summer marrow & mace crumb.


Wassail toffee apple pudding.

Who will be the Wassail King & Queen?

Will your piece hold the hidden Yin Yang bean?


Feast Tickets are £40 each (Spaces reserved with full payment)


Doors 18.30 ; Feast 19.00 prompt; Wassail 21.30

A Short Film of our Wassail

Our wassail this year was a wonderful evening. Thank you to everyone that wrapped up and came to visit us. We think this was our best Wassail yet, the proof will be in this years crop….

Luckily filmaker Mark Whatmore was on hand to film the whole event. Here is snapshot of our evening of food and ritual along with an excellent recipe on the Guardian Website. 

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West Croft Cider #Wassail


This is the real stuff. Small cask aged West Country Cider. Loved locally and perfect fayre for the winter event of the apple calendar.

Confirmed and chomping at the bit to thrill are Poppy Perez, Lori Campbell, Le Navet Bete, Pip The Human Jukebox & Hall the bee lady.

Vince Castellanos Chipolatas are made, Homewoods ewe’s halloumi is awaiting grilling, ham hock broth is made & winter veg broth just needs the pearl barley to finish.

We will be serving our legendary Hot Sticky Toffee Apple Cake, mulled apple juice, mulled cider and Lambs Wool.

Corks will pop from champagne method cider and the orchard will be blessed for another fruitful year.

Last few tickets remain for this exciting event

Toodle Pip.