Robin Hood (AND) Little John, Arnold wins Nottingham CAMRA Branch Cider Pub of The Year award 2016
Your volunteer group of judges have been out and about in the branch area recently. The pubs nominated by you have been judged once again and we are pleased to announce that The robin Hood (AND) Little John in Arnold has won the award for a second year running. Congratulations to all those involved in making this pub the success that it is amongst the stiff competition in our branch area.
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.
Champion Winter Beer of Britain results
The Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) was held at the National Winter Ales festival in Derby during February. You can download the results in Microsoft Word format here
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