Ampleforth Abbey Cider

Fairfax House is pleased to stock Ampleforth Abbey products including their award-winning Abbey Cider, Cider Brandy and Liqueurs.

The connections between Fairfax House and Ampleforth go far back. The Abbey was founded in a house given to Father Anselm Bolton by The Honorable Anne Fairfax, daughter of Charles Gregory Fairfax, 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley. Gilling Castle, the main country seat of the Fairfax’s, is also home today to Ampleforth prep school, St Martin’s.

For more than 200 years the Benedictine monks of Ampleforth Abbey have been growing apples in the Abbey Orchards. Primarily this was to feed the community and the school, but as the years went by and the trees developed the supply of apples started to overtake the demand. Not to be wasteful, the monks tried their hand at cider production, which was a great way to increase the lifespan of the fruit. It turned out the monks weren’t that bad at making proper North Yorkshire Cider, so they decided to offer it to the public in order to generate revenue for the community.

Sitting on the foothills of the North Yorkshire Moors, Ampleforth Abbey Orchards boasts over 40 different varieties of heritage apples, populating over 2,000 trees which span over seven acres. Their award-winning artisan range of ciders and apple products are produced onsite in their cider mill which is nestled within the Ampleforth Abbey Orchards. Local layman Tim Saxby heads the operation along with George, Steve and Wayne; amongst the team there are years of experience in the production of hand crafted cider.