A Place On The Shelf
 

We host a range of premium spirits that have earned ‘A place on the Saddlers Shelf’ status. The criteria for this sort after placement are simple.

The good news is that in order to be true to this offering, we have to visit (and sample) lots of wonderful products from micro distilleries and Brewery’s across the country, and some of these producers are really tucked away off the beaten track so we also get to explore our beautiful countryside.

Blink, and you will miss the discreet gravel lane in the pretty Wiltshire village of Downton, which leads you to the self-titled Downton Distillery. It’s here that business partners Charles Andrews, Hugh Anderson and Bramble the dog, have honed a vibrant recipe for their delicious debut offering, ‘Explorers Gin’. The Distillery barn and surrounding buildings are steeped in the history and provenance of its former notable resident, English explorer, writer, and favourite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh.

With so much history at their fingertips for inspiration, Charles and Hugh set out on their own journey of discovery, and over the course of about a year, a heady refinement of botanicals were selected. These flavours would not only provide an amazing taste experience but also pay reverence to the colourful history of the buildings in which they would craft their product.  Hugh described the process of distillation and botanical infusion, just as you would expect any passionate craftsman to do, with knowledge and technical knowhow. But, what really stood out during our visit was the evident pride and confidence in this product.  He took us on a journey of the senses with potent crushed spices, zesty flora and rich aromas from across the globe. Choosing the right botanicals for a good Gin is a personal journey for any distiller but these guys have really hit the mark on both a historical level and a taste sensation. Its a new favourite of ours and deserves a well earned ‘Place on the Saddlers Shelf’

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Lela Robinson
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The spring wedding season is well underway and we have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing couples.

We have been everywhere from open remote fields under vast starry skies, to some truly exquisite and grand venues and each event different to the last. This got us thinking about what really makes a wedding “unique” what makes it really stand out and become a lasting a cherished memory. What is the dream day that let’s face it, we are all searching for? 

Today the wedding sector is flooded with comprehensive and quirky offerings on sale from arguably some of the most passionate professionals and business owners you will ever have the pleasure to meet. But no matter how beautiful these ‘things’ are and how original they may seem they are not the secret ingredient. You only have to visit a few wedding fairs to notice that there are the same ‘things’ on offer time and time again. Lovingly crafted yes, and beautifully displayed yes but, this doesn’t give you uniqueness. And actually, that’s ok isn’t it? We know what we like and as long as it is good quality at the right price - sign me up. 

But, In our experience it is not the carefully chosen colour scheme or the beautifully hand crafted floral arrangements.  It’s not the fact that the wedding breakfast has been given the Heston Blumenthal treatment or even (stay with me.....) the perfect dress! All of these things are hugely fun but remember they are just part of the bigger picture. 

We have found that the truly memorable weddings, the ones that have really touched our hearts, have all been because of those little personal touches, the loving words woven in to the  vows and speeches. The tender glances of cherished family members captured carefully by clever photographers. Having that old school-friend there by your side to steady your nerves. But most importantly it is simply the atmosphere that you as a couple actually create wherever you go. And guess what - this is absolutely free. You don't have to hire it in. You don't have to pay a deposit on it just in case it gets broken and, you don’t have to give it back at the end of the day! It is after all, a celebration of the coming together of two individuals beginning a new life together and embracing the future. Nothing more complicated. 

Our conclusion is to keep things simple. Make bold statements but you can do this with words and actions rather than with expensive props. Investing in the essentials is necessary and ok, that includes the “perfect dress”  ( and a fabulous bar !) but prioritise what makes your heart skip and what makes the day run smoothly. 

Choose your suppliers carefully and they will help you to l keep things simple and seamless for you leaving your personalities to leave their mark on the day and in the hearts of your family and friends. 

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Lela Robinson
Saddlers Bar Crowned Best British Newcomer
 

We are delighted and extremely proud to announce that Saddlers Bar have been crowned ‘Best British Newcomer’ in The British Wedding Awards 2019.

Voted for by real brides and our loyal fans, we want to thank every single one of you who voted for us. Your ongoing support during our first year has been incredible and makes us love what we do even more. We have been lucky enough to bring our unique bar service to some amazing events so far and can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer!

 
 

The British Wedding Awards is a celebration of the UK’s favourite wedding companies, voted for by real brides. Revealing the very best the wedding industry has to offer, we couldn’t be prouder to be amongst some of the every best suppliers in the UK.

If you are planning your special day or event, we’d love to hear from you.

Thank you once again, Lela and Chelsea xx

 
Chelsea Hinton
Tailored Event Management Packages
 

At Saddlers we are passionate about using locally sourced quality products and to show our support to these wonderful hardworking craftsmen and women, we have rolled up our sleeves and got involved so we could really understand where our products are coming from.

 
 

Ramsbury Distillery, near Marlborough, approached us to represent them at various events to promote their brand and serve visitors their signature gin and vodka based drinks. To begin with, we set about learning about the brand, its heritage, product origin & brand identity. We also researched the products too, which was obviously a lot of fun! With in-depth knowledge of the delicious products and the brands story we were able to represent Ramsbury at some very prestigious events throughout the summer months, including The International Polo Day.

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We have gone on to work with several other brands in this way and now have a fully flexible package that we can offer to small to medium Breweries and Distilleries across the south of the country. Let us reach out to your customer base and represent your brand at this year’s trade shows and outdoor events so you can focus on continuing to build the dream of creating delicious spirits, ales, ciders and more! 

 
Chelsea Hinton
Saddlers Favourite Christmas Cocktails
 

What’s the best thing about Christmas? The cocktails, of course! We’ve hand-picked our top three festive tipples from some of our favourite local spirit brands for you to enjoy over the Christmas season.

Winter Cocktail | Curio Gin

This delicious citrusy Hot Toddy from Cornish gin, Curio, is super simple to make and will warm you up a treat.

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INGREDIENTS

50ml Curio Cornish Cup
200ml Ginger Beer
1 heaped tsp orange marmalade

METHOD

Gently heat the ginger beer until hot, add the tsp of marmalade and let this dissolve into the liquid. Pour over the Cornish Cup into a highball glass. Add a wedge of orange to garnish. Enjoy!

 

Christmas collins | black cow vodka

This cocktail is a real festive treat from our favourite Dorset vodka, Black Cow. It’s super luxurious and will leave your friends and family queuing up for more.

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INGREDIENTS

50ml Black Cow Vodka
15ml (Monin) Chestnut syrup*
20ml Clementine juice
Top with soda

INSTRUCTIONS

Build in a highball glass. Garnish with (chestnut) orange wedge.

*Homemade Chestnut Syrup
Make 700ml of ‘rich’ Demerara syrup infused with vanilla and orange zest, roast 2 cups of chestnuts, remove skin, add to cooled syrup, add 50ml Black Cow Vodka place in a sealed container and leave in the fridge for 5 days.

 

French 75 | Ramsbury

The simplest of Christmas cocktails - the Rosemary French 75. Simply shake together Wiltshire Ramsbury gin, ice, sugar and lemon before straining the mix into your glasses. Top off with that extra special bottle of champagne you’ve been saving, then garnish with a sprig of Rosemary for a unique finish. Perfect for pre-lunch drinks to share with your nearest and dearest.

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We hope you enjoy these festive cocktails as much as we enjoyed sampling them for you!

Merry Christmas from everyone at Saddlers Bar.

Read more about our favourite spirits partners by clicking the link below.

 
Chelsea Hinton
Vote for us in the British Wedding Awards 2019
 

We are excited to announce that we have been nominated for Best British Newcomer in The British Wedding Awards 2019! The great thing about this award, is that it's purely based on public option, real life experiences and genuine votes. No panel of ‘industry experts’ making the decision - it’s all down to you lovely people. 
 
We would be so pleased if you could show your support and take a few moments to vote for us by clicking the link below.

Thank you, Chelsea & Lela x

 
Chelsea Hinton