Here at Silverstone Woodlands Campsite, we’re big fans of local produce. We’ve recently teamed up with Saxby’s Cider who are just down the road from us in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, near the market town of Wellingborough.
Phil and Amanda, a husband and wife team passionate about producing the best quality cider, are the driving force behind the brand and have built it from the ground up. In the early days a team of 8 people would hand wash the apples and all the pressing was done by hand into a bathtub! As demand has grown, so has production, with a new orchard of 2500 trees being planted this year. The bathtub has had to step aside to allow for the (much) larger pressing facilities, in the aptly named Crafty Pig Ciderhouse, to keep up with demand.
What initially began as a hobby, developed into a business in 2012 with the farm currently hosting approximately 7 acres of orchard. The varieties include Yarlington Mill, Michelin, Bramley, Dabinett, Betty and Amanda. They also incorporate apples from Herefordshire to compliment the blend.
Saxby’s produce both still and sparkling ciders and pride themselves on incorporating the bittersweet flavour more commonly found in cider houses in the west of the country, with the sweeter taste of the fruit on the East Coast. The result is a match made in cider heaven! They produce five different types of cider; Original, Plum, Blackcurrant, Traditional and Rhubarb.
The Saxby name is no stranger to the food and drink market, the family name was previously associated with the famous Saxby’s Pork Pies whose factory first opened in 1912 in Wellingborough, and only recently ceased production in 2008. Saxby’s Cider seems to be proving to be just as successful with the Plum cider winning the ‘New Local Drink of the Year’ category in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2015/16.
So if you’re visiting Silverstone Woodlands Campsite for any of our events over the summer, including F1 and Moto GP, keep an eye out for Saxby’s Cider in our on-site pub The Petrol Head! For more info on Saxby’s, click on this link.