Castle Inn, West Lulworth wins CAMRA Real Cider pub award

By | October 7, 2014

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A traditional 16th century thatched roofed pub in a small Dorset village has walked away with CAMRA’s top Real Cider award after being named Cider Pub of the Year.

The Castle Inn, West Lulworth, Dorset has been crowned the best place in the UK to enjoy a pint of Real Cider by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale).

The traditional 16th century thatched roofed pub has been run by the Halliday family for over thirty years has won the CAMRA Real Cider Award for 2014.

Alex Halliday is the current landlord and the third generation of his family to run the pub, he said: “We’ve been pushing real cider for years now and hope that winning this award will put Dorset cider on the map.”

Located near to the beautiful Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door of the Jurassic Coastline, the pub is a hit with regulars and visitors alike, with the choice of real ciders and perries being a significant draw for many.

“At any one time we have around fifty to sixty different real ciders available in the pub and we believe that once people try proper real cider they will realise how much better it is than commercially produced stuff, which often only contains around thirty percent apple juice!”

Real Cider is made from 100 per cent natural apple juice with no additives or chemicals and is served naturally still, unlike commercially produced cider which is force-carbonated to give it fizz and, as Alex mentions above, can often contain as little as 30 per cent apple juice.

Real perry is produced in exactly the same way as real cider but with pear juice instead of apple juice.
Sarah Newson is the organiser of the Cider pub of the Year competition and had this to say about The Castle Inn,
“The Castle Inn is a very worthy winner of this much coveted award. Their commitment to real cider and perry is second to none and the quality of drinks they have in the pub at any one time is truly staggering.

As well as that the pub is a beautiful place to enjoy a drink, with all the country charm you could hope for.”
The announcement of the award marks the start of CAMRA’s October long Cider Month campaign. CAMRA is urging pubs around the country to try stocking a real cider this month and to encourage their patrons to give this traditional British drink a try.

The other three finalists were:
The Rising Sun in Berkhamsted
The Railway Arms in Downham Market
The Hop and Vine in Hull

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