Royal Bath and West show launches its own Jubilee cider

Article from Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

The Royal Bath & West Show has commissioned its own limited-edition cider to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee weekend on 3, 4 and 5 June.

Cider maker David Sheppy has made fewer than 1,000 of the bottles, each of them numbered. Only 200 bottles will be available to buy on each of the four days of the show.

Dr Jane Guise, chief executive of the Royal Bath and West Society, said: "Her Majesty is our patron and as we are an agricultural society representing the best of the West Country we thought the perfect presentation would be to produce a top-quality cider to mark such a special occasion just after our own summer celebration."

Jubilee Cider

Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Lady Gass will deliver a few bottles to Buckingham Palace and other Royal residences will receive deliveries.

One or two more are intended for presentation to Downing Street and at Westminster.

The cider will be sold in the Orchard and Cider section of the Show, priced at £2.99.

Sheppy said: "My family has been making cider in Somerset for over 200 years - for nearly as long as the society has existed.

"In selecting a blend for this cider I have updated something that was first produced in the 1930s. It is a cider that combines the character of cider apple varieties such as Stoke Red, Tremlett's Bitter, Chisel Jersey and others.

"We are very proud to have been asked to support the Royal Bath and West Society in this way and I have squirreled away a couple of bottles to enjoy when we have our own Jubilee celebration after the show."

The official launch of the cider will be at lunchtime on Wednesday 30 May in the Orchard and Cider Pavilion.

By Neil Gerrard


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