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The annual Cider and Perry Trials held at Putley Village Hall have become an important fixture in the calendars of craft cider and perry producers in the Herefordshire region.

This is a peer-judged event with all the judging carried out by the entrants in a series of blind tastings.

There are categories for both draught and bottled ciders and perries and the public is invited to taste the entries over the two days following the trials.

In 2010 the event took place on Saturday, 1st May at Putley Village Hall as usual with 160 draught and 24 bottled entries from 70 entrants.

Bottle Conditioned/Fermented Perry

  • 1st Olivers Cider & Perry
  • 2nd Gabe CookJoint
  • 3rd Barkers

Bottle Conditioned/Fermented Cider

  • 1st Newton’s Cider & Perry
  • 2nd Olivers Cider & Perry
  • 3rd John Edwards

Draught Dry Cider

  • 1st Stuart Cooper
  • 2nd James Marsden
  • 3rd The Amazing Cider Company

Draught Medium Cider

  • 1st James Marsden – Gregg’s Pit
  • 2nd Ross-On-Wye Cider & Perry
  • 3rd The Amazing Cider Company

Draught Sweet Cider

  • 1st Palmers Upland Cider
  • 2nd Geoff Newman
  • 3rd Blaengawney Cider

Novice Cider

  • 1st Raglan Cider Mill
  • 2nd Pucklechurch Cider Company (O. Deakin)
  • 3rd Kate Morgan

Draught Dry Perry

  • 1st Matthew & Paul Holder
  • 2nd John Edwards
  • 3rd Ralph’s Cider & Perry

Draught Medium/Sweet Perry

  • 1st James Marsden – Gregg’s Pit
  • 2nd Little Cider Press Co
  • Joint 3rd Geoff Newman
  • Joint 3rd Ralph’s Cider & Perry

Novice Perry

  • 1st Richard Walker
  • 2nd Fred Meredith
  • 3rd Repudglic

More details on the Big Apple Cider and Perry trials 2010 –

Download a full list of winners (PDF) with judges scores.

Images of cider awards

View more at the Real Cider gallery.

CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships 2010 in Reading featured 24 ciders and 24 perries, selected from different regions of the UK.

The ciders and perries are assessed on factors such as aroma, flavour, overall balance and finish by a judging panel consisting of publicans, drinks writers and CAMRA members.

Delighted at the news of the cider competition, Barnaby Butterfield of Sandford Orchards cider, said:

‘I’m staggered, as we’ve been making cider by artisan methods for many years, and we always endeavour to use old fashioned methods. It’s having this recognition that makes all the hard work worth it – I’m totally gobsmacked!’

On hearing the results of the perry competition, Dereck Hartland of
Hartlands, said:

‘It’s wonderful news, and to say I’m delighted is an understatement. I can retire a happy man and it’s the highlight of my year!’

Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry committee chairman, praised
the quality of this year’s entrants. She said:

‘The competition today brought out a wide range of tastes and aromas, and was a real showcase for the craft cider and perry industry. CAMRA just hopes that any future Government puts in place measures that will protect this historic industry, and ensure these award winning producers are able to continue producing such quality.’


  1. GOLD – Sandford Orchards, Cider (Crediton, Devon)
  2. SILVER – Gwynt y Ddraig, Black Dragon (Llantwit Fardre, South Wales)
  3. BRONZE – Pickled Pig, Porker’s Snout (Stretham, Cambridgeshire)


  1. GOLD – Hartlands, Farmhouse Perry (Tirley, Gloucestershire)
  2. SILVER – Rathays, Brandy (Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire)
  3. BRONZE – Ralph’s, Old Badland Perry (New Radnor, Powys)

View previous years winners of ciders and perries –