Thatchers Cider - Our Farm and Family
We’re a Somerset 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 at Myrtle Farm in Sandford, just outside of Bristol.
Today Thatchers combines generations of experience with the latest cidermaking technology, resulting in authentic Somerset ciders that are consistently full of flavour and distinct apple character. Pride in our heritage is at the heart of all that we do, and our knowledge and passion for apples is reflected in our ciders. Our range includes Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Haze, which are available in the bars at Bristol Sport.
Thatchers Gold is a full flavoured, medium dry Somerset cider, with a wonderfully rich, golden colour. And Thatchers Haze is a premium cloudy cider that has a crisp, sweet finish.
The West Country remains our heartland and we’re proud to be part of the Bristol Sport family.
Nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills, our orchards are our pride and joy. With apples such as Dabinett, Somerset Redstreak and Katy, as well as some newer such as Angela, Lizzie and Prince William, it’s here that the journey starts, inspired by the heritage and varieties values of our company. The foothills of the Mendips provide the perfect mild climate for growing apples - many of the apple varieties we grow are traditional to Somerset so they feel very much at home. Last year we planted nearly 25,000 new trees, and this year a further 7 acres.
Our trees take six or seven years to fruit fully. We have a deep knowledge of the apples and choosing the right time to harvest takes years of expertise. Harvesting the best quality apples allows our cidermakers to craft the tastiest ciders. It’s this knowledge and passion for apple varieties that set us apart.
As a family run company we keep our values at the heart of all that we do, and we’re working hard to operate our business in the most sustainable way. As we grow and develop our mill at Myrtle Farm, we’re increasing the ways in which we become less reliant on the earth’s resources, such as our biomass boiler, which is fed on prunings from our orchards. Pomace (the apple waste from the cidermaking process) is used in anaerobic digestion. By investing in a multi-million-pound canning line, we’re able to reduce the number of road miles made by our lorries to third party suppliers. Most recently we have eliminated plastic ring carriers from our four-packs of Gold and Haze in cans.
If you’d like to know more about Thatchers, why not book a tour of Myrtle Farm through our website, at www.thatcherscider.co.uk. We’d love you to visit our Cider Shop at Myrtle Farm where our shelves are full of our ciders, alongside produce such as local cheeses and chutneys, and gifts including books and clothing.
Or why not pop into The Railway Inn, next door to Myrtle Farm. Here a warm welcome awaits you. Treat yourself to a delicious meal in our restaurant, have a bar snack in our cosy bar, or simply enjoy a pint of Thatchers Somerset Cider just a stone’s throw from where it is made.
Please visit our website at www.thatcherscider.co.uk