We had a great visit to Haywoods Cider Farm, near St Mabyn this weekend, the weather was a little bit grey, but it didn't dampen the spirits of all of us attending this Sunday Social. The enthusiasm of Tom the owner shone through and made the afternoon a fantastic experience. We all wandered into the Cider Barn and chose the cider that we wanted to sample, they are all excellent, there's Dry, Sweet, or you can have a mixture making a really good medium Cider and all served from oak barrels. We also tried the Elderflower Cider, this was a great it too!
The old barn filled up quickly with young and old and the live music really got your toes tapping very quickly. Tom took those that were interested on a tour of the apple orchards, we wandered down to see the trees that were full of apple blossom and just looked amazing. Tom's Dad keeps bees so its just perfect for the pollination of the apple trees. Heading back up to the Cider Barn we could smell that the bbq had been fired up, so we tucked into some tasty local treats and also another Cider - it just had to be done!!
This place is so authentic, there's no commercialism, what you see is what you get and it's REAL! Tom mentioned that his family would be celebrating 100 years at Haywoods Farm this year, something to be very proud of. Tours take place during the summer and there is a list of all the Summer Socials on their website www.haywoodfarmcider.co.uk - we're already planning to head over to another one of these in the not too distant future.
Tom also mentioned that in the Autumn it's all about harvesting the apples, something that he invites anyone to come along and help with. What could be nicer than getting out in the orchards and getting involved with the initial stages of the making of a truly artisan cornish cider - don't worry you get well fed and watered - and you'll also feel a sense of real achievement!