CAMRA names best cider and perry in Britain

Press Release: For Immediate Release
5th May 2018 
CAMRA names best cider and perry in Britain

Harry's Scrummage is crowned best cider in Britain while Nempnett Piglet's Choice scoops perry gold at the National Cider and Perry Championships

Following more than a year of local tasting panels and regional heats, Harry's Scrummage has been named the best cider in the country and Nempnett Piglet's Choice has won best perry at CAMRA's prestigious National Cider and Perry Championships, which have taken place this weekend.

Scrummage impressed judges with "a sharp but easy drinking cider that stretches to a long lingering and pleasant aftertaste", while Piglet's Choice took the crown for "a well balanced perry with a clean and fruity taste."

The winners were honoured at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival, which takes place from 3-6th May at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham. The home of the National Cider and Perry Championships, the festival features over 550 beers and 150 ciders and perries, plus a selection of foreign beers, wines and mead.  

Each cider and perry in the competition is judged on its individual taste, aroma, flavour, after-taste and overall appeal. The top awards were selected by a specially chosen panel of both experienced and novice judges.

Speaking after the win, Harry Fry of Harry's Cider said: "I'm overwhelmed and really excited about this accolade. It's a huge achievement for the whole of the Harry's team.

"I hope everyone enjoys the cider as much as we do."

Keith Balch of Nemphett Cider Company added: "It's fantastic news and just shows what great products you can make from 100-year-old orchards."

As CAMRA celebrates 30 years of campaigning for real cider, cider-lovers continue to rejoice following a recent vote by its members to secure the long-term future of real cider and perry.

Andrea Briers, CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman, says: "Huge congratulations to Harry's and Nempnett's for taking home the golds with their Scrummage and Piglet's Choice respectively.

"While CAMRA has supported and campaigned for quality real cider and perry for over 30 years, the recent vote to support the long-term future of cider and perry has made these products firmly part of our campaign, alongside quality real ale. This is fantastic news for cider drinkers across the country who want to see quality, traditional cider and perry made from apples and pears form part of our future."


Notes to Editors

Photos from the event can be found here

The winners were:


GOLD  – Harry's, Scrummage (Somerset)

SILVER – Whin Hill, Browns (Norfolk)

BRONZE –  Orgasmic, White Jersey (Herefordshire)


GOLD – Nempnett Cider Company, Piglet's Choice (Somerset)

SILVER –  Oliver's, Perry (Herefordshire)

BRONZE – Whin Hill, Perry (Norfolk)

CAMRA celebrates 30 years of campaigning for real cider and perry this year (2018).

‘Real cider' is a term used to describe traditional cider made from freshly pressed apples. Served still rather than force carbonated, real cider is unpasteurised during production and not micro-filtered to produce a truly natural and delicious alcoholic drink.

As cider is made from apples, perry is made from pears.

More information on CAMRA's national cider and perry campaigns can be found at

Reading Beer and Cider Festival takes place at Christchurch Meadows, Reading, RG4 8BY, and is one of the largest beer and cider festivals in the UK.


For further information

CAMRA Press Office:

01727 337863

Andrea Briers

CAMRA National Cider and Perry Committee Chairman

07732 754888



CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 190,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.