Meet The Team
The people behind the pint.
Meet the extended Thatchers family. We’re a team of hard working, perfectionists with a passion for the best quality cider. Next time you take a sip of your Thatchers Cider raise a little ‘cheers’ to us… the people behind the pint.
Meet Richard our Head Cider Maker, you may recognise him from our TV adverts he’s been in 3 of them! He’s been working with us for 11 and a half years and his cidermaking knowledge is second to none. On top of his cider making skills, in his spare time Richard also manages a vineyard and makes sparkling wine. 🍎
Meet our farm dog, Myrtle. We’re so proud of our farm, we named our dog after it. Her duties include testing when the apples are ripe and taste delicious – we can always tell because she loves to run up and down the orchards in excitement. 🐕🍎
Meet Eleanor Thatcher, the 5th Generation Cider Maker waiting in the wings. Out in the orchards from a young age with her brother Peter they were always up to mischief. Now she’s turned 21 she is following her Father Martin’s footsteps and is all about making the very best cider in the most sustainable way. 🍎
Meet Chris, our Orchard Manager, his knowledge of apples is second to none. Working closely with 3rd generation Cidermaker John Thatcher they have developed trial orchards, always striving to find more apple varieties that are perfect for cidermaking. When he has a spare moment you’ll catch him playing or watching rugby. 🍎
Phil & John
Meet Phil and John, our fantastic tour guides who’s heads are full of Thatchers knowledge. Phil has lived in the local area all his life and has some great stories about the comings and goings here at Myrtle Farm. His favourite cider is Rascal, whereas John is a big fan of the Cider Barn range and is excited for the new release of Redstreak this autumn. 🍎
A bonus fun fact about our Tour guides is that Phil once played tennis with Sue Barker!
Meet John, one of our orchard team. You may recognise him from some of our TV adverts. When he’s not starring on TV he is caring for our trees, and what a great job he does all year round! 🍎
Meet Martin, who started out working on the family farm here at Myrtle Farm. He grew up feeding the pigs on the farm and picking cabbages out in the fields, but of course his favourite part was growing the apples in the orchards and tasting cider with his Father and Grandfather. His hard work and farming background has led us all to the cider we know and love today!
Michael & Steve
Meet our kegging team, Steve and Michael. When you next order your pint of Thatchers Cider at the bar, give them a special cheers to thank them for their hard work filling the kegs ready to be delivered to your local pub. 🍎
Meet Sam. He’s been part of the orchard team for 10 years now! Starting as an apprentice he now looks after our stunning Shiplate orchard. He keeps it looking beautiful, while growing the best cider apples. 🍎
Meet our Cider Maker Sophie, she is an expert in quality – No cider will leave the farm without Sophie’s approval, so you know that every cider is perfect as she’s a tough cookie to get past. 🍎
Meet Pete, who has been part of our orchard team for 31 years! Orcharding isn’t just his job, it’s his passion. Only growing the best quality apples will do, and one of his favourites is Jonagold. It’s a delicious apple to eat straight from the tree, and it’s the juice that makes Thatchers Haze cloudy. ⛅ 🍎
Rich & Luke
Meet our canning team. Rich and Luke are part of the fantastic team that look after our canning line. They are responsible for getting our delicious cider into cans. Did you know they can fill up to 30,000 cans an hour, making sure we have enough cider for you to enjoy! It’s also said that Luke makes the world’s best lasagne! 🍎
Robert & James
Ilminster in South Somerset is where you’ll find Robert and James Lane hard at work growing apples in their 50 acres of orchard.
Robert has been supplying us with apples for almost 20 years, favourites Dabinett and Redstreak in particular.
Quality comes first every time, says Robert. And he’s a firm believer in looking after the environment. Always do the best you can to protect the world around you, he says. Look after the soil, and the trees work hard for you in return!
It’s not just apples that Robert has in common with Thatchers. He’s part of a generational farming family too, with his son James now beginning to make his mark in the business, inspired to explore new ways of taking the business forward. He’s especially keen on using technology to help efficiency.
Find out more about Robert and James here: https://www.thatcherscider.co.uk/news/meet-the-growers-robert-and-james-lane/
Ian & Yta
Meet Ian and Yta, they’re talented apple growers and part of the Thatchers Cider family. Each year they supply us with apple varieties from their farm including Gilly, Jane and 3 Counties for our ciders.
Ian and Yta don’t just grow apples though – they have a small flock of sheep and some arable land, and they even run a wedding venue!
“September is definitely my favourite time of year – the apples sparkling on the trees, with acres of orchards to enjoy before the rush of harvest takes over,” says Ian.
Ian is dedicated to his apples – and he’s dedicated to the bees too! He has seven hives for honey bees and is planting wildflowers for the pollen and nectar loving bumblebees.
Find out more about Ian and Yta here: https://www.thatcherscider.co.uk/news/meet-our-apple-growers-ian-and-yta-batchelor/
Philip, Felicity & Robert
Philip and Felicity Griffiths, together with their son Robert, are one of the inspirational family businesses growing apples for Thatchers.
“From one family business to another, we love growing apples for Thatchers. Their ethos for quality is exactly in line with how we work,” says Philip.
They have been growing apples on their Herefordshire farm for us since 2016 – and now have 150 acres where they grow favourites including Gilly, Jane, Helen and 3 Counties.
Just like Thatchers, this is a multi-generational farming family. Both Philip’s father and grandfather grew apples before him, and now his son Robert has joined the business. And don’t forget the dogs too!
“Maintaining orchards is a long-term commitment – we’re in it for the long-term, while we’re custodians of this amazing land,” they say.
Find out more about Philip, Felicity and Robert here: https://www.thatcherscider.co.uk/news/meet-our-apple-growers-the-griffiths-family/
THE FAMILY FARM
Myrtle Farm has been home to Thatchers Cider for four generations. Five hundred acres of the finest apple-growing soil around, and all set in the rolling hills of Somerset.
When we say it’s a family farm, we mean it. That’s why we care about everything that happens here – from the welcome we give visitors from all over the world to looking after our local friends… the bees.
WHAT CIDER AM I?
It’s time for a cider, so which one do you choose? Tell us your perfect day out, your dream meal and your favourite dessert and we’ll find the perfect Thatchers cider for you from our delicious range.
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