Branch Cider / Perry Pub of the Year Competition

This competition is where we ask you to help choose the branch Cider Pub of the Year and covers real cider & perry Pub aspects only.

The limited numbers of pubs within the branch which serve “real” cider/perry as defined by CAMRA (see below), throughout the year have been assessed and a short list of the top six pubs produced. These are listed on the voting form.

We would like your help in choosing the best branch cider/perry pub from the top six identified on the voting form which will go into the Hertfordshire county competition. The winner of that will go forward to the East Anglia Region competition and the winner of that into the national competition.

As there are six pubs on the short list this year, we do not expect the members to visit all six pubs in the voting period. So we have agreed that we will accept a minimum of FOUR (4) pubs scored. However, you can if you wish and have the time score all six. But we discourage attempts to visit all six pubs in one day as the scoring may become a little erratic for the last few pubs visited. We do encourage members to visit the selected pubs more than once, ideally at different times of the day and week. The committee will review the returned voting forms to ensure all the pubs have been fairly covered.

This year in addition to scoring the quality of the cider/perry on the form, you MUST also record each cider/perry drank at each pub on the form for your vote to count. This will form part of the voting process. The committee will review the returned voting forms to ensure they are valid.

The voting form to fill in can be downloaded from here. A pdf version for printing is available here where you have no means of editing the form. It gives the pubs in question, the scoring categories, a space to list the cider/perries drank and any comments. You Must add your name and your CAMRA  membership number before returning the voting form.

To help, guidance on the categories is given on the guidance notes which can be downloaded here.  If you need even more help, this link ( will take you to the CAMRA web site where there is a series of articles about real cider and perry. Also see the note at the bottom of the page about NOT real cider.

The voting form can be filled in using a word processor or similar and emailed to the contact below. Or it can be printed and either filled in, scanned to give a digital image and emailed. Or it can be printed, filled in and sent by post to the address below.
The votes MUST be in by midnight on Monday 27th February at the address(s) below to count.

email:   subject identified as “CAMRA NH Branch Cider POTY”

Post:    CAMRA NH Branch CiderPOTY
            2 Mill End Cottages
Mill End
            SG11 1LR

Note:  Please note we are talking about “real” cider and not “keg” cider sold in many pubs.

What Is Keg Cider?
It is artificially carbonated, pasteurised, served under gas pressure. Most of today’s keg cider is made from apple concentrate rather than real apples, some of which can be imported from almost anywhere. Keg cider is usually filtered and may also contain any of a long list of additives and colourings as defined permissible under Section 162 produced by HM Customs & Excise Department.
See for a list of “keg” cider/perry.

Thank you for your help.

Frank Richardson
CAMRA North Hertfordshire

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