25th May, 2017
Fourth generation cidermaker Martin Thatcher remembers visiting the Royal Bath and West Show with both his Father and Grandfather when he was a small boy, and the fascination for the show has never left him.
This year he’s returning as the headline sponsor of the show, and will be unveiling Thatchers new bar and cider stand.
For visitors keen to try out Thatchers ciders, they will now find the Thatchers and Butcombe Cider and Beer bar in the Sparkford Building, which is located close to the main ring.
There will be an outdoor seating area, and for the first time a separate stand from which visitors can buy the Thatchers range of ciders in cans, including its new Leaf Twister and Barrel Roller craft ciders.
To launch the new bar area, Thatchers will be holding a Meet the Cidermaker event at 11.00 on Wednesday 31st May.
Martin will be on hand to introduce visitors to Thatchers new ciders, Barrel Roller and Leaf Twister, and talk about the emphasis the cidermaker places on the apple varieties used in its blends.
“To us, the apple is king,” remarks Martin. “We’ve a huge amount of respect for all the apple growers in the West Country who produce some of the finest apples for cidermaking. It’s always a pleasure to meet many of them here at The Royal Bath and West, and to present the award for Best Cider Orchard.
“Placing the highest priority on growing the finest varieties of apples means that we are able to craft really characterful ciders. Our two new ciders, Barrel Roller and Leaf Twister, are named after my grandfather, Stan, and use local apple varieties that he would have pressed into his own ciders back in the 1940s and 50s.”
Already a longstanding supporter of the Royal Bath & West Show, Thatchers Cider has become 2017 headline sponsor of this West Country institution. Third generation cidermaker John Thatcher, a past recipient of the Royal Bath & West of England Society’s prestigious Gold Medal, is a regular judge of the cider and orchards competition.
Martin continues, “At Thatchers we understand how important it is to maintain the values of our rural community and to support in whatever way we can those who live and work within it. The Royal Bath & West Show has done a fantastic job being a showcase for the West Country since it was first established in 1852.”