The Apple Thief Cider House

Following the devastation of the 2020 bushfires, Founder of The Apple Thief Cider and Orchardist Dave Purcell was determined to contribute to the recovery of the Batlow region, and four years on, construction has commenced on a new visitor destination.

Despite a lengthy planning and approval process The Apple Thief Cider House is now set for completion early next year, creating an immersive experience for visitors to the Snowy Valleys.

Pleased with the commencement of the works, Purcell says: “We’re super excited to be underway. We’ve already started cider production on site and when the new Cider House is up and running that will mean more jobs for locals, and more good reason to visit Batlow.

“I grew up here, so it means everything to me and my family to bring The Apple Thief home to Batlow. We’re sure locals will enjoy The Cider House just as much as visitors from further afield.”

Visitors to The Apple Thief Cider House will enter through the orchard itself where they’ll be able to take in the seasonal sights and aromas of the apples, berries and other fruits grown for the cider.

Once inside, cider tasting experiences will take place alongside space for sales and casual dining. According to Purcell, The Apple Thief’s café offerings already have a loyal following, with the new venue providing an opportunity to expand on the existing menus.

“We’re still working on the menu, but new options will include picnic platters to be shared under the apple trees or in the sunny garden,” he said.

While construction takes place, the old shed will continue to offer coffee, light meals and cider tastings, and the popular farm shop will remain open, stocking a selection of locally grown farm produce.

In part, the project has been supported by a grant from the jointly funded Australian and NSW Government Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

“We’re very grateful for that help, and we’re also invested with matching funds of our own. The new Regional Australia Bank branch in Wagga Wagga has also been very supportive. Local and community support means everything to us,” added Purcell.

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