It’s with great pleasure that we have joined with the Western Daily Press once again to celebrate the Food and Farming industry in the South West. These awards cover all the things that we at Thatchers hold dear from farming and food production through to how and where our food and drink is sold.
We’re a farming family with a long-standing passion for making cider, which started four generations ago when William Thatcher began producing cider from apples he grew here on his mixed farm in Sandford. That cider was given to his workers as part of their wages, but soon demand grew within the surrounding villages, and so the business of making Thatchers cider was born.
Now, 113 years later, we sell throughout the UK and in over 24 countries worldwide, but the West Country remains our heartland. Our ciders feel at home in many pubs and bars throughout the region, which is why we are very pleased to sponsor the Best Pub category of these awards.
Running a great pub takes dedication, inspiration and a lot of hard work, and we salute all those publicans who put their heart and soul into running successful businesses which add so much to the character of the West Country.
By supporting these awards we are helping celebrate all that’s great about food and farming in the south west and those who help create it.
Pride in our heritage is at the heart of everything we do. Our knowledge and passion for apples is reflected in our ciders: authentic, full of flavour and with a distinct character that reflects Somerset cidermaking at its best.
We craft a range of ciders – including Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, Thatchers Vintage and Thatchers Katy, and you can be sure they have all been made with the same care, attention and hands-on experience.
This year we’ve introduced a new range of traditional ciders, Stan’s, named after second generation cidermaker, Stan Thatcher. The range includes two new ciders in cans, Barrel Roller and Leaf Twister.
Thatchers is all about the apple, and this range is demonstrating not only our belief in this very special fruit, but also the craft credentials that come from a long line of cidermakers here at Myrtle Farm.
Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cidermaker says, “I’m sure my Grandfather would be very proud to have his name on this range. He was a true artisan cidermaker and many of the skills and traditions we still hold dear today originated with him.
“He was also a pioneer, and it’s therefore fitting that we are introducing our first two canned trad ciders in his name. These are two great tasting bittersweet ciders that have been made with Stan very much in mind, using the skills and craftsmanship that he made sure to pass down through the family.”