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Cider Awards


East Midlands 2016 Cider & Perry competition results

The results of the East Midlands round of the Draft Cider, Bottled Cider and Perry competition are:

Cider

Gold - Blue Barrel Cider, Clifton Beauty
Silver - Vale of Welton, Poachers
Bronze - Sisson & Smith, medium


Perry

Gold - Rockingham Forest, Green Horse Perry

Bottled

Gold - Kniveton, Never Mind the Hillocks
Silver - Blue Barrel, Sherwood Blend
Bronze - Skidbrooke Medium

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the local cider producers in our region for taking part.  Looking forward to next years competition. 
Contact Dee Wright at Nottingham CAMRA with any questions.


East Midlands Cider pub of the year announced

The East Midlands Cider POTY 2016 award went to The Pestle and Mortar, Hinckley.

Sue was very pleased to receive this award, and especially so as this was the first anniversary weekend celebrations for her micropub.  Over 20 ciders were available for all tastes. 

The Pestle and Mortar has gone through to the final National judging round, and the result will be announced on 1st October to coincide with CAMRAs designated October Cider Month


Nottingham branch Cider Pub Of The Year 2016

 

Your group of judges have been out and about visiting the pubs nominated by you.  The judging was carried out by a team of volunteers visiting on different days, and we are pleased to announce that the Robin Hood (and) Little John in Arnold has won for a second year running.  Congratualtions to all those involved in making this pub the success that it is amongst the stiff competition in our branch area.


East Midlands 2015 Cider & Perry competition results

The results of the East Midlands round of the Draft Cider, Bottled Cider and Perry competition are:

Cider

Gold - Vale of Welton, Poachers Cider
Silver - Skidbrooke, General Ludd
Bronze - Torkard Cider, Floppy Tabs

Perry

Gold - Rockingham Forest, Blakeney Red
Silver - Blue Barrel, Cropwell Perry

Bottled

Gold - Welland Valley, King Richard III Medium Dry Cider
Silver - Woody's Medium Cider
Bronze - Blue Barrel Cider, Clifton Beauty

 

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the local cider producers in our region for taking part.  Looking forward to next years competition. 
Contact Dee Wright at Nottingham CAMRA with any questions.


2015 National Cider Pub of the Year - Robin Hood (AND) Little John, Arnold wins National CAMRA award

The Robin Hood & Little John in Arnold, Nottingham, has been named the best place in the UK to drink Real Cider by CAMRA. The pub has a long history dating back to 1750, but closed down in 2013 before having new life breathed into it in August 2014 through a partnership between Nottinghamshire's Lincoln Green Brewery and Leicestershire's Everards Brewery, under the management of Anthony Hughes and Lorraine Swain.

Owner of Lincoln Green Brewing Company and Lincoln Green Public House Company,  Anthony Hughes says “Firstly may I say how delighted Lorraine, Mark and all of us at
Lincoln Green are to have won this amazing award! I’d personally like to say a huge thank you in particular to Ray Blockley for the support and advice he’s given us over the last twelve months in all things ‘apple’ – I know that much of our success is as a result of the little things we’ve implemented after many discussions with Ray and we’re very grateful to him.”

Since its reopening and new management, the pub has won the Nottingham CAMRA Cider Pub and Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015 as well as being named the East Midlands Pub and East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year.

The pub has become famous for its ‘real cider’ which is made from pure fruits with no additives or chemicals and served naturally still, unlike commercially produced cider which is force-carbonated to give it fizz. Real perry is produced in exactly the same way as real cider but with pear juice instead of apple juice.

Sarah Newson, the organiser of the Cider Pub of the Year competition had this to say about The Robin Hood & Little John,  “This is an amazing achievement for a pub that not only just re-opened last year, but had never even been  in the competition before. A great feature is its 'cider wall' which enables the cider and perry to be served at a consistent cellar temperature, providing the customer with an excellent drinking experience.”

The pub’s cider wall features eight ciders and perries which are always from smaller producers rather than big brands, Anthony Hughes had this to say about winning, “We fully support CAMRA’s definition of real cider and acknowledge the recent amendment to remove the criteria that ‘no added flavourings to be used’ and to allow ‘pure fruits, vegetables, honey, hops, herbs and spices, yet no concentrates cordials or essences’ to be added.”Anthony Hughes added, “We aim to ensure that our customers understand the provenance of our ciders, and what it contains with informative articles in our table top menus.”



East Midlands Cider producer gets Bronze in National Competition

Three Cats Medium Cider took third place in the National Cider competition.  Three Cats won the East Midlands round of the competition and went through to the final held in reading recently.  Congratulations to Chris Rogers.

The joint winners of the Cider Gold medal are White Jersey by Orgasmic and Janet’s Jungle Juice by West Croft. White Jersey was described by judges as being ‘fruity’ and ‘easy drinking’, with ‘a slight sweetness balanced by an excellent tang’, and having ‘balance without too much acidity’. Janet’s Jungle Juice was described as having a ‘mature and woody aroma’ with ‘an initial sweetness and a smooth finish’, and a ‘full mouthfeel with a resinous aroma’.

The winner of the Perry Gold medal is Two Trees Perry by Gwynt y Ddraig (meaning ‘dragon’s breath’ in Welsh) which the judges described as being ‘initially sweet with a refreshing, dry aftertaste’,‘complex yet well balanced with a poached pear flavour and aroma’ with a ‘slowly developing finish’.

The final round of judging for CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships 2015 took place at the popular Reading Beer and Cider festival. The competition featured ciders and perries from across the UK, with each cider and perry judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top awards were selected by a specially chosen panel of experienced judges, drinks writers and CAMRA members.


Nottingham branch Cider Pub Of The Year 2015

Your intrepid judges have been out and about visiting the pubs nominated by you.  The judging was carried out by a team of volunteers visiting on different days, and we are pleased to announce that the Robin Hood (and )Little John in Arnold has won with last years winner The Beer Shack as runner up.



Cider pub nominations 2015

The search is now on for the National CAMRA Cider & Perry Pub of the Year 2015.  Public nominations were invited from 1st October, with a closing date of 30th November.  This allowed those nominations to be sent to Branches by the first week in January 2015.  The Cider Pub of the Year is an award for the pub in the U.K. that best promotes and encourages sales of quality real cider and perry.  From 1 October to 30 November 2014 both members and non-members can nominate a pub for the award using the online form, or the attached.  During December 2014 the nominated pubs are sorted by Branch, and details of then sent to the Branch by the first week of January 2015.  The Branch then either :-

i) judges only those nominated pubs to select a winner, or
ii) judges those nominated pubs, together with any other pubs in the Branch area that they consider worthy, to select a winner.  

‚ÄčIn either case the Regional Cider Co-ordinator is informed of the winning pub by 13 March 2015 (or as soon as it is known) so that it can then be judged in the Regional round.  The Branch then informs the Regional Cider Co-ordinator as soon as possible if it is unable to, or does not wish to, undertake the judging at this Branch round stage; in that event all the nominated pubs for that Branch will be judged in the Regional round.

 

 


East Midlands round of Cider competition 2014

The results of the East Midlands round of the Draft Cider, Bottled Cider and Perry competition are:
 

Draft Cider

 

Gold - 3 Cats, 3 Cats Medium Cider
Silver - Bramley Street Cider, Scrimpy cider
Joint Bronze - Farmer Fear Cider, Thirsty Farmer Dry Cider

Bottled Cider

 

Gold - Woody's Cider, Woody's Medium Sweet Cider
Silver - Welland Valley, King Richard III Medium Dry Cider
Bronze - BLue Barrel Cider, Oak Barrel Medium Cider

Perry

 

Gold - Rockingham Forest, Green horse / Red Longdon Perry
Silver -  Woody's Cider, Woody's Medium Perry

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the local cider producers in our region for taking part.  Looking forward to next years competition. 
Contact Dee Wright at Nottingham CAMRA with any questions.



East Midlands round of Cider competition 2013

The results of the East Midlands round of the Draft and Bottled cider competition are:

Draft Cider

Gold - Charnwood Cider Company, Pure Charnwood Cider
Silver - Farmer Fear, Thirsty Farmer Medium Cider
Joint Bronze - Bottle Kicking Cider, Fullback and Woody's Cider with their Medium Cider

Bottled Cider

Gold - Welland Valley Cider, Roundhead Cider
Silver - JollyDale, Medium Cider
Bronze - Woody's Cider, 2009 Vintage Cider

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all the local cider producers in our region for taking part.  Looking forward to next years competition. 
Contact Dee Wright at Nottingham CAMRA with any questions.


National Top 10 Cider & Perry Campaigners

 

To celebrate the 25th year of the ongoing campaign to promote real cider and perry, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced its top cider and perry campaigners.  The top campaigners have earned their spots for their tireless work to promote the joys of traditionally produced real cider and perry.
Our campaign wouldn't be as successful as it is today if it hadn't been for the efforts of dedicated and passionate volunteers over the last 25 years.

To highlight just a fraction of the work done for the campaign we asked you to help us honour the ten people who championed real cider & perry during this time by nominating and casting your votes.  All votes have now been cast and we are proud to announce that the following people have been recognised as our top cider campaigners.  Our very own Branch Cider representative, Ray Blockley, has been deservedly recognised for all his campaigning along with others below.

Ray Blockley Cider Maker (Torkard), Nottingham CAMRA Real Cider & Perry Officer and Editor of the Nottingham Drinker.  Ray is a passionate campaigner for real cider and perry and is frequantly advising people via blogs and social media about all aspects of cider and perry be it growing, production and marketing.  Making cider commercially since 2003, Ray's commitment has generated a following of individuals and publicans interested in real cider and perry.

Andrea Briers - Current Member of the APPLE Committee and Regional Director for East Anglia.  Andrea has attended meetings of the APPLE Committee since 2000, acting as secretary between 2003-2008 and sitting as Chair of the committee from 2008 - present.  As the Regional Cider Co-ordinator for East Anglia between 2003-2008 she was part of the team who resurrected the East Anglia Cider Competition and established the East Anglia Bottled Cider Competition. 

Ivor and Susie Dunkerton Cider Makers (Dunkertons Cider Co.), Pomona Award Winner 2005.  Ivor and Susie started producing their organic award winning ciders and perries in 1980, they quickly established themselves as part of the fabric of Herefordshire life.  Creating a new cider orchard, continually striving to achieve the very highest quality and being available at The Tate is evidenceof the Dunkertons commitment to innovation. 

Denis Gwatkin - Cider Maker (Gwatkin Cider).  The Gwatkin's have been making cider and perry in the Herefordshire's Golden Valley for generations.  Denis (persuaded to begin selling commercially by Jon Hallam who appears below) has now created a lovely boutique farm shop and Gwatkin's award winning can frequently be found at shows around the region.

 

Jon HallamCider Distributor, Joint Pomona Award Winner 2006, former member of the APPLE Committee.  A real pioneer Jon supplied the first Common Ground Apple Day celebration at Covent Garden in 1990; was a founding member of the APPLE Committee and a manager at the Great British Beer Festival Real Cider and Perry Bar.  Jon supplies cider and perry across the land with care and attention to detail and during the 1980's he was the leading campaigner to save perry when it seemed likely to disappear entirely and is due much credit for it's current popularity.

David KittonEditor of the first two Good Cider Guides (1987 and 1990).  Fun and knowledgable, David is the well regarded producer of the legendary Gibbon Strangler ider from Peamarsh, East Sussex.  David opened everyone's eyes to real cider and perry, visting (usually by walking) every producer in his Guides.  He also played a major part in saving many orchards from being 'grubbed up' and destroyed.

Andrew LeaPomona Award Winner 2012.  Andrew has been a lifelong supporter of apple growing and cider production. He has worked as a scientist at the Long Ashton Research Station and then writing, blogging and working to support other cider producers. 

Mick Lewis - Current member of the APPLE Committee.  Mick put forward the motion at CAMRA's AGM in 1988 which established APPLE, founding member of the Committee, while next stint on the committee has been off and on, he has never allowed trends to alter his fundamental purist passion for real cider and perry.  Frequent radio and television speaker, Mick can spin out funny cider and perry tales all day long, National Cider Bar Manager Trainer and inspiration to many campaigners and producers alike. 

Dave Matthews - Cider Maker (Seidr Dai), former member of the APPLE Committee, and editor of the Good Cider Guide 2000.  Dave Matthews is a dynamic visionary who began producing award winning cider and perry in 2000 and worked to establish the Welsh Perry and Cider Society in 2001. He was the driving force behind the Welsh Heritage Orchard and in creating the Welsh Cider and Perry Competition.  Suggested the creation of the CAMRA apple.yahoo group, revolutionising internal communications.  Dave is a passionate collector of stories from older producers regarding traditional methods of production.

Sarah Newson - Current member of the APPLE Committee.  Sarah is the current Vice Chair of the APPLE Committee, serving in the role since 2008. She has played a significant part in CAMRA's recent parliamentary lobbying for cider related issues and is responsible for organising the Cider & Perry Pub of the Year Competition.  Sarah set up Pipkin Cider in 1995 in North Yorkshire and her pioneering work led to the recent increase in local producers from that area. 

Tom Oliver - Cider Maker (Oliver's Cider).  Tom Oliver is a genuine gift to cider making, multi-award winning and regular contributor on radio the travels the world lecturing, meeting and inspiring new producers while acknowledging those who have taught him. 
 
Gillian Williams - Current member of the APPLE Committee,  former Chair of the APPLE Committee.  Gillian is a longstanding member of CAMRA's APPLE Committee, attending meetings of the APPLE Committee since 1992. She acted as Committee Secretary from 1998 - 2003 and Chair from 2003 - 2008, revitalising the Committee during her time with new campaigning initiatives.  Well done to you all, and to all those on our long list who have contributed so much in the last 25 years.

National Cider Pub of the Year

 

The results of the National Cider Pub of the Year 2013 have been announced.
 
The Winner is 

Railway Arms, Downham Market
Finalists
Royal Oak, Wantage
Penrhyn Arms, Penrhynside
George and Dragon, Dent

A tiny railway platform pub in Norfolk has been named National Cider & Perry Pub of the Year 2013 by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.    

The National Cider & Perry Pub of the Year award is given to the pub or club which best promotes and encourages sales of quality real cider and perry. Now in its ninth year, the award’s rigorous judging process whittles down nominations for pubs, clubs & cider houses from all over the UK to regional and then super regional finalists.

Hailed by competition judges as ‘A quirky, fun little place to be’ and ‘a good reason to miss your train’, The Railway Arms is located directly on the station platform at Downham Market Railway Station, Norfolk, and has proved a hit with weary travellers and locals alike – especially those looking to sample the finest real ciders and perries the area has to offer.  

A delighted Ian Pinches, who together with his wife Lesley Ann Pinches and their son Callum, runs The Railway Arms, said:

“We are overjoyed (and very humbled) to hear that The Railway Arms has won this year's CAMRA National Cider & Perry Pub of the Year Award and we wish to thank our customers, supporters and suppliers – in particular special mention must be made of Charles Roberts & the team at Pickled Pig and Paul Fisher & the Directors of The Small Beer Company who, between them, have been very supportive in either making or sourcing fine ciders for us.”

Ian added, 

“As a ‘micropub’ we are naturally committed to the concept of ‘small is beautiful’ and, although we have extended our range this year, we remain focussed on selling high quality ciders, some of which are made by people we know personally using locally grown apples - although we also like to stock cider and perry from far and wide in the UK, with some regular favourites alongside a frequently changing range of ‘guests’.”

CAMRA has been a longtime supporter of real cider and perry, which is the pear equivalent of cider, with the Cider & Perry Pub of the Year competition being an important way to raise the profile of pubs serving traditionally made real cider and perry across the UK.

Andrea Briers, Chair of CAMRA’s Cider and Perry Committee, said:

“The number of pubs that have found a market for real cider is increasing each year, which has meant that the competition has become very tough.  I am lucky enough to live fairly close to the Railway Arms and have seen the work that Ian, Lesley-Ann and Callum put in to make the pub a welcoming local.  Well done to them on their achievement and congratulations for a well deserved win.”

The Railway Arms beat three other finalists to take the title. These were: The Royal Oak in Wantage, the Penrhyn Arms in Penrhynside, and the George and Dragon in Dent.

The announcement of The Railway Arms as Cider & Perry Pub of the Year kicks off CAMRA's Cider & Perry Month campaign for October. This campaign asks pubs around the country to encourage customers to enjoy a real cider and perry at least once during October and hundreds of events will be hosted by participating pubs and CAMRA branches throughout the month.

CAMRA will present the Railway Arms with their award on Tuesday 1st October at 1.30pm.

 

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