A LITTLE ABOUT US
We are proud of The Natterjacks history as a Pub and Inn that served the community of Evercreech Junction and beyond. We continue in the tradition of a community Pub, welcoming all and offering good food in comfortable and friendly surroundings.
We source from local suppliers so that we can offer fresh, local and seasonal produce and also keep our environmental footprints to a minimum. Our Local butcher Paul from PK Meats in street supplies our beef, pork, lamb and poultry and it all comes from local farms.
As part of ethos we try our best to source all our ingredients from locally sourced farms and suppliers, from the eggs that we use to the….
We also have barbers cheese and Rodmore farms fresh milk which can be purchased from our on-site milk station.
The Natterjack Inn started life as The Railway Hotel, purpose built for the railway. It was situated on the edge of the former station of Evercreech Junction on The Somerset & Dorset Railway Line.
The Junction was opened on 3rd Feb 1862 and finally closed to passengers on 7th March 1966, although goods trains had stopped in 1965.
It must have been a sight to see. Located at the heart of the S&D operations, it generated much freight. Goods facilities at the station included a stone goods shed, a seven ton crane, a loading dock and cattle pens. A major complex of sidings was sited north west of the station and a further siding linked to the Somerset and Evercreech Junction Brick and Tile Works.
After the station had closed in 1966 the pub became known as the silent whistle, which was then purchase by a local family in the early 70’s and completely refurbished in the more modern style of the time which was then renamed around 1974 to become The Natterjack Inn as we know it today.
Adrian & Kate purchased the pub in 2007 and set about renovating and improving the main building throughout, they then added the cider house in 2012 with 5 rooms, then in 2016 they added the siding cottage and Midford and Shillingstone rooms we added. Kate named all the rooms in the sidings after railways stations on the old S&D line.
All that we know of The Cider House’s history we have had to piece together ourselves. Used as a storage area for many years, the building was looking very sorry for itself when we bought the pub in 2007.
It’s clear that the building was used to press cider apples and there was an old press in the garden that may have been the very one they used. We have kept it as a feature in the far corner of the pub garden.
We think that the cider produced here must have been just for the pub’s use as there seems to be no connection between The Natterjack and the scrumpy cider with the same name.