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. Award winning butcher Paul Loader supplies our beef, pork, lamb and poultry and it all comes from local farms. In fact as you drive towards the pub from Shepton Mallet you can see the free range pigs grazing in a field on the left. When we say local we mean it!!
The Natterjack Inn started life as The Railway Hotel, as it is 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.
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.