I have a confession to make…even though I am a born and bred Bristolian, I am much more likely to be found with a glass of wine or gin in my hand than a cider. I was all ready to start thinking differently about this apple based beverage though when invited to a food and drink pairing from local cider legends, Thatchers and fire-based cooking extraordinaires at Pasture.
I was immediately pleasantly surprised by the welcome glass of Thatchers Family Reserve. This sparkling Somerset Apple Wine, was delicate and refreshing and would suit any celebratory occasion. Bit of a game changer…
Thatchers LOVE apples. And with over 500 acres of apple orchard, growing 25 different varieties of apple ciders PLUS 458 varieties in their Exhibition Orchard, they have something to boast about. Their knowledge and passion set them apart; as a fourth generation cidermaker, this family-run company has wonderfully kept their family values and focus on quality. Their cidermakers tirelessly taste-test every vat of cider every Friday (tough job, huh) to make sure it is perfect for you guys.
Pasture had created a stunning menu to showcase their ethos of fire-based cooking and locally sourced ingredients to match the range of flavours across the Thatchers varieties. Food and drink envy incoming as we got to taste…
- Thatchers Katy & Diver caught south coast scallop ceviche.
This medium dry, light and softly sparkling cider was balanced with this beautifully delicate dish brought to life with the kick of chilli, lime and pickled gooseberry.
- Thatchers Haze & Forgotten Onions
A cloudy premium cider, crafted with dessert apples to create a crisp, sweet finish. The forgotten onions (literally put onions in a pan and forget about them) with a perfectly crisp slice of pastry and summer squash.
- Thatchers Vintage & Short rib croquettes
Traditional medium dry cider. Softly rounded with a depth of flavour, this cider could easily handle the bold savoury flavours of Pasture’s signature short rib croquettes. Smoked for hours, the meat melted in the mouth – brought to life with grouchong aioli and nasturtiums.
- Thatchers Redstreak & Cured duck breast
This was a pretty special treat, as this little drink won the Supreme Champion at the International Cider Challenge 2017 AND World’s Best Sparkling Cider in the World Cider Awards – no biggie! This bold, peppery cider with a spicy apple pie flavour was the star of the show when matched with cured duck breast with juniper and orange marmalade.
- Thatchers Old Rascal & Steak Tartare
A cider with full-bodied character with a mix of peppery notes and tannins. The smoked aged steak tartare with oyster mayonnaise and borage was DELISH!
- Thatchers Summer Vintage & Hazelnut eclair
This is going to be one popular drink for Summer picnics. Light and fruity, made from a mix of the finest dessert and bittersweet apples. Match with a hazelnut eclair with praline creme patisserie and raspberries
My favourite drink of the evening? Has to be the Family Reserve. I shall definitely be surprising friends and family with this beauty at upcoming BBQs. The Redstreak won over my taste buds of the more traditional cider options.
My favourite dish has to be the Steak Tartare. A little taster of the quality of the meat on offer – I cannot wait to go back and try the full menu.
BIG THANK YOU to Penny Adair, Thatchers PR and Richard Johnson Thatchers Chief Cidermaker and Thatchers team for such an educational and wonderfully surprising evening (and for the Thatchers Gold and Thatchers Redwood to take home to try!) I need to go to the Thatchers pub, I hear it does an excellent roast!! And Pasture for such a delicious menu in a dreamy setting.
Disclaimer: I was invited to try this menu free of cost, however I was not asked to send any copy in advance and this didn’t affect my opinion of the meal – all thoughts are my own.