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The Awards Night

The great and the good gathered at the Orange Tree, Baldock on Friday evening 28th August for the presentation of no less than six CAMRA awards!

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Tara receiving Cider of the Year award from Gill

First up were two presentations to Apple Cottage Cider, our local cider producer, who won both the 2015 Hertfordshire Cider and Perry competitions which were held at the spectacularly successful Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival back in June. A panel of seven judges from the Hertfordshire branches of CAMRA undertook a blind tasting of ciders and perries from four Hertfordshire producers – Apple Cottage, Herts Cyder, Millwhites and Sopwell Cider.

Unfortunately Apple Cottage proprietors Gayle and Paul were not able to be present and so Tara Geere gracefully accepted the awards, from Gill Richardson, Branch Chair, on their behalf.

That wasn’t all – The East Anglian Region of CAMRA holds annual Cider & Perry competitions and, this year, Apple Cottage won two awards. Chris Rouse, CAMRA’s East Anglian Cider Coordinator, was pleased to present Tara with the winner’s certificate for the 2015 East Anglian Bottled Perry Competition and the runner up certificate for the 2015 East Anglian Bottled Cider Competition. Four award in all for Apple Cottage!

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Rob receiving the 2015 Hertfordshire Pub of the Year certificate from Gill

Following on with the cider theme, Rob Scahill was very happy to receive the 2015 CAMRA Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year award, again presented by Gill.

Rob has ‘done the double’ though having also won the 2015 CAMRA Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year award despite tough competition from the Crooked Billet, Ware and the Sportsman, Croxley Green. So, the sixth award saw Gill presenting the Pub of the Year certificate to Rob.

After the presentations we were able to sample no less than 13 real ales and 12 real ciders and perries. A fun evening was had by all.

Congratulations to Apple Cottage and the Orange Tree!


Six Certificates

Gill, Rob and Tara with the six awards


All day Sunday opening – Began 20 years ago

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How amazing, it’s only twenty years ago this year when pubs were first allowed to open all day on a Sunday. Prior to this they had to close at three and they could open again at seven, but on Sunday 6 August 1995 all that changed. Brian Mason, past Chairman of the branch reminisces “I remember it [...Read on]

Stevenage Winter Beer and Cider Festival

We are pleased to announce that North Herts CAMRA are adding another Beer festival to the calendar, this complements the already popular Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival held at the Rugby Club in the Summer.

The new winter festival will be held at the Arts and Leisure Centre in Stevenage, adjacent to the Train and Bus[…Read on]

Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival by numbers – and winners!

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We’re still recovering from Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival… we’ll digest the experience and publish a full festival report in the near future. For now however, here are the essentials… First – the news everyone waits for after a beer festival: who are the winners?! Hitchin 2013 Beer of the Festival:Bartrams, Comrade Bill Bartrams Egalitarian Anti Imperialist [...Read on]

Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival is … over… :(

An excellent festival, with a lot of excellent feedback. Right now we’re all utterly exhausted though… and still have a tent full of gear to pack away. It couldn’t be done without excellent volunteers from the three organisations involved: the beer festival is 100% volunteer organised & run! (Volunteers are actually “compensated” – in beer!)[…Read on]

Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival starts TOMORROW!

The beer is sitting there chillin’ away in fancy CAMRA cooling jackets now, awaiting our first customers at 5pm tomorrow – Thursday June 6th.

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Hitchin beer festival is THIS WEEK!

Beer Duty Escalator Scrapped!

Hooray! We all won! It is great news that the beer duty escallator has been scrapped – this means less financial pressure on pubs and beer consumers. Read the full CAMRA HQ press release here:

However, let us be realistic – don’t expect your local pub to be reducing their £3.50 pint to £3.49. Even[…Read on]

2013 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival – Dates & Venue


Brilliant news: THERE WILL BE ONE! CAMRA North Herts and the Hitchin Round Table are pleased to announce that the annual Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival will be held again this year and with a new partner: Hitchin Rugby Football Club (HRFC). The festival will be taking place this year at the later-than-usual dates of Thursday 6th, [...Read on]

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013

The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival is fast approaching on the 11th-13th January – and the North Herts Branch annual social to this great event would be the held on the 12th (Saturday).

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Update for the annual Branch trip to the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2013 and then GBG pubs in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

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Stevenage 2016 Beer and Cider Festival

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Branch Diary

November  2015
  • Stevanage Old Town Social

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm,4th November, 2015

    Location: Stevanage Old Town

    Description: We start at the Dun Cow, the onto the Chequers, the Marquis of Lorne and finishing at the Standard Bearer.

  • Letchworth Social

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm,13th November, 2015

    Location: Letchworth

    Description: We meet at the Arena Tavern, then the Broadway Hotel, Colonnade and theThree Magnets.

  • Brewer Trip tba

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am,22nd November, 2015

  • Branch Open Meeting

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm,23rd November, 2015

    Location: The Victoria, 1 Ickleford Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1TJ, United Kingdom

    Description: GBG Preliminary Selection evening

  • GBG Mini Bus Trip

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am,29th November, 2015

    Location: To be decided depending on the preliminary list of GBG 2017 pubs

    Description: Reviewing the GBG entries for 2017