Debenham: Aspall Cyder features in ITV’s Ade in Britain

Aspall owners Barry (right) and Henry Chevallier Guild (left) with Ade Edmondson.

Aspall owners Barry (right) and Henry Chevallier Guild (left) with Ade Edmondson. - Credit: Archant

Cider maker Aspall is set to feature in a popular TV series celebrating Britain this Friday.

ITV’s Ade in Britain stars actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson, who travels the country with his mobile kitchen in tow. He learns all about the food, drink and rich heritage that makes each area so distinct.

He is set to visit Aspall, based near Debenham, as part of his look at cultures and traditional crafts.

Founded in 1728 by Clement Chevallier, Aspall is now owned and managed by the eighth generation of the Chevallier family and produces a range of award-winning ciders, vinegars and apple juice.

It is thought to be the UK’s oldest independently-owned cider producer and last remaining English family owned vinegar brewer.

Aspall partner Henry Chevallier Guild, who features in the programme, said: “We were delighted to be approached to take part in the new series of Ade in Britain.

“The Chevalliers have been making cyder, vinegar and apple juice at the same site in Debenham Suffolk for 285 years, and it was a pleasure to welcome Ade on site and share our passion with him.

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“We took Ade through the production process of our cyders, from watching the apples being picked to grading them by eye, before they are pressed, fermented and then blended.”

Mr Edmondson said: “You may well be asking why I’m driving around the country towing a little caravan behind me. Well, I want to experience and celebrate everything that’s great about Britain. From Cornish pasties to Kentish ales, from Morris dancing to sea shanties – I’m not saying that Britain is best, but I think it’s the top one.”

The programme featuring Aspall airs on Friday (March 8) at 4pm.