What’s the story / history of Babycham?
In the 1940’s four brothers - Arthur, Herbert, Ralph and Francis - grew up with their father owning pubs locally. Fast forward to adulthood, Herbert had a fledgling business idea which he invited his brother, Francis to join. Trained as a chemist, Francis had a fantastic palate and therefore quickly became responsible for creating all Showerings products, including Babycham - a trailblazing drink for women in post-war Britain.
From here, Babycham took off, it became the first alcohol advert to ever appear on television and the second ever advert to appear on television at all. The demand for the drink exploded from the 1950's to 80's and manufacturing equipment had to be upgraded regularly to keep up with the demand. At one point, it was rumoured that there were only 2 pubs in the country that did not sell Babycham, ironically those pubs were both based in Shepton Mallet where the drink is made!
Where can I buy Babycham?
Babycham is available to buy directly from our website, and also available from selected Tesco stores nationwide.
What’s the best way to enjoy a Babycham?
Babycham is best served chilled or over ice, for a refreshing crisp and bubbly drink.
How should I store Babycham?
Babycham should be stored in a clean, cool, dry place and kept chilled.
Why is it called Babycham?
Originally, Babycham was listed under the name, Champagne De La Poire, inspired by the natural gases produced during the fermentation of the pears. Traditionally during perry production, carbon dioxide (or gas) is blended into the liquid, but due to the special qualities of the Wasser pear, the gas was formed naturally when the fruit fermented, which gives Babycham its gentle sparkle.
The brothers always felt that the name Champagne De La Poire was a mouthful, and not the easiest to say, especially when trying to order a drink in a crowded pub. The brand’s advertising agency came to the factory, to try and come up with a new name, and they spent hours batting ideas back and forth to no avail…
Towards the end of the meeting, the transport manager for the factory asked the brothers, “Where would you like the baby cham sent to?”. The production staff had been referring to the large (750ml) bottles of Champagne De La Poire as ‘big cham’ and the smaller bottles, as ‘baby cham’. The name stuck and grew into the brand and name we know today!
Where is Babycham made?
Babycham is produced at The Showerings Cider Mill, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, the rightful home of Babycham and where it all began in 1953.
Is Babycham the same as champagne or sparkling wine?
No, Babycham is made from pears rather than grapes, giving it a light and sweet flavour.
Can I cancel my order?
If you have any queries regarding your delivery or if your delivery is incomplete please contact us within 24 hours of receiving your order.
For more information please check our Returns Policy.
What is the ABV of Babycham?
The ABV of Babycham is 6%, making it a light and refreshing option.
Does Babycham contain nuts?
No, Babycham is nut free.
Is Babycham gluten free?
Yes, Babycham is gluten free.
Does Babycham contain dairy?
No, Babycham is dairy free.
Does Babycham contain egg?
No, Babycham does not contain any eggs.
Is Babycham vegan / vegetarian?
Yes, Babycham is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Shipping, Returns & Exchanges
We offer delivery within 5 to 7 Working Days to Mainland GB (England, Scotland & Wales) & Northern Ireland addresses only. We utilize a specialist courier shipping service to ensure your product isn't damaged in transit.
What is the shipping policy?
Once your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that our fulfilment team has received your order. Once your order is fulfilled, you will receive an email notification and our courier will be in contact with tracking information. Shipping fees are non-refundable in the case of returns.
For more information read our Shipping Policy.
Do you ship overseas?
Unfortunately no. We offer delivery within 5 to 7 Working Days to Mainland GB (England, Scotland & Wales) & Northern Ireland addresses only.
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to deliver to Eire, Scottish Offshore, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight or the Channel Islands.
How much will shipping cost?
We utilize a specialist courier shipping service to ensure your product isn't damaged in transit. Shipping costs are calculated at checkout.
Do you offer FREE Delivery?
Yes, we currently offer FREE shipping on all orders over £40 to Mainland GB (England, Scotland and Wales only) excluding Northern Ireland. For more information read our Shipping Policy.
Can I return or exchange my order?
If you have any queries regarding your delivery, or if your delivery is incomplete please contact us within 24 hours of receiving your order. If what we’ve sent you is wrong, we can refund the cost of the product and delivery. Please contact us if something isn't right.
For more information read our Returns Policy.
How can I stock Babycham in my outlet?
Please visit our Contact Us page and send us a message outlining your enquiry. Please supply the name and address of your outlet and contact telephone number. A member of our team will be in contact.
How do I get in touch regarding marketing or sponsorship enquiries?
Please visit our Contact Us page and send us a message. Please supply as much information as possible. A member of our team will be in contact.