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As National Cider Pub of the Year 2009, the Orchard Inn will be the first pub to be accredited as part of a new initiative from CAMRA.

As the number of UK pubs selling real cider and perry continues to increase, CAMRA is introducing a real cider sticker initiative to inform consumers where real cider is being sold. CAMRA hopes the scheme will make it easier for drinkers to recognise a cider pub, and give support for such pubs at a time when many are looking to diversify in order to offer something new to their customers.

Andrea Briers, Chair of CAMRA’s Cider and Perry Committee, will be placing the first-ever ‘Real Cider Sold Here’ sticker in the window of the Orchard Inn on October 1st, but is keen to stress that any pub serving real draught cider or perry all year round is eligible for this accreditation from CAMRA.

Briers said:

If a pub is serving real cider all year round, and it is of a good and consistent quality, we encourage them to contact us, as we’d like to do everything we can to drive custom towards their pub. This accreditation scheme is all about showcasing the availability of real cider, increasing sales of real cider and supporting pubs at a time when 52 are closing nationally per week.

For more information on the scheme, please visit the CAMRA website.

The 2010 Good Pub Guide was released yesterday,  listing over a thousand classic drinking holes across the UK, including cider houses and fine hostelries where you can enjoy fine local ciders.

Packed with information for the discerning drinker, The Good Pub Guide 2010 is the bible for finding honest, entertaining and indispensable pubs. Don’t leave home without it!

You can use the code GOODPUBGUIDE10 to buy it for £9.74. That’s a 35% discount. Buy online at the Random House publishing web site (you will not get the discount on any other web site).

The Good Pub Guide 2010

The Good Pub Guide 2010

Book description for those who have not picked up a guide:

“As more and more people choose to holiday in the UK and the campaign to save our pubs gathers steam, “The Good Pub Guide” has never been more relevant. Now in its 28th year, here are over 5000 of our favourite UK pubs. The only truly independent guide of its kind, its comprehensive yearly updates and countless reader reports ensure that only the very best make the grade”.

“You will find classic country pubs, town-centre inns, riverside retreats, historic gems and exciting newcomers, plub pubs specializing in food, wine, malt whisky, or own-brew beer. Find out the top pubs in each county for beer, dining and accommodation, and discover the winners of the coveted titles of Pub of the Year and Landlord of the Year.

Did you know?

The Square and Compass in Dorset, is the only pub to be listed in the Guide since the first edition. If you have visited the pub you will know why!

Jack Ratt Secures Prestigious Win for Lyme Bay

Lyme Bay Winery’s Jack Ratt Scrumpy cider has won the prestigious three Star Gold at The Great Taste Awards 2009 – the first ever cider to win this accolade.

Named after Jack Rattenbury – a notorious Lyme Bay smuggler – it is available in a variety of sizes. This traditional, still fruity cider has a softness that is given to the flavour by having left the cider on the lees so a secondary malolactic fermentation takes place.

The Guild of Fine Food, who organise the annual Great Taste Awards,  say a three-star gold is the highest level of award any producer can aspire to and is recognised as the definitive independent accreditation of quality. The Guild is theUK trade association for anyone making or selling top quality local, regional and speciality food and drink.

The 1,300-plus members include; delicatessens, fine food halls and farm shop, speciality food producers, from cheese-makers to chocolatiers, importers and distributors of gourmet foods from around the world,and suppliers of equipment and services to support the fine food sector.

Using freshly pressed juice of locally grown, traditional cider apples such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill Jack Ratt Scrumpy is just one of the range of ciders available.

For more details of Lyme Bay go to www.lymebaywinery.co.uk

Related link: Welsh ciders win at Great Taste Awards

Apple Day is an annual celebration of apples and orchards, traditionally held on October 21 each year.

Apple Day was initiated by Common Ground in 1990 and has been celebrated in each subsequent year by people organizing hundreds of local events.

This is your chance to get involved, if you are new to cider and want to learn more about how it is made, what makes a good cider, or even grow your own cider apples, get yourself down to a local apple day over the next few weeks. The first apple day events started last weekend and run all the way through to the end of October at various location across the country.

Apple Day events can be large or small, from apple games in a garden to large village fairs.

It’s a great day for all the family, you will have the chance to press apples, taste the different varieties of apples, for cooking and cider making. Apple identification, gardening advice, and countryside games. Sometimes the events have yummy stalls with apple related foods, meats, cakes, jams and even cookery demonstrations.

Whichever one you choose, you’ll be guaranteed to see many hundreds of apple varieties and increase your knowledge and passion for everything appley.

View all our apple day events across the UK.

We’d love to hear how you got on!

The competition for the Cider & Perry Pub of the Year is now underway has been announced.

The first pub to be announced is ‘The Orchard’, Bristol that wins CAMRA Cider pub of the year (South-West).

A prestigious award for any pub, the orchard has won the award for consistently serving a excellent selection of #realcider. Enjoyed by a variety of regulars and newcomers. From recent reviews, varying from 8 – 13 different ciders at any time.

Drinkers enjoying the award winning atmosphere at The Orchard in Bristol

Drinkers enjoying the award winning atmosphere at The Orchard in Bristol

Bristol is a fantastic place to enjoy cider at any time of year, view our list of cider pubs in the city, or view a map to the Orchard Pub.