National Cider Pub of the Year 2015

Press Release

Issued: Wednesday 30th September
Embargoed until: 00.01am Thursday 1st October


Robin Hood and Little John wins CAMRA's National Cider Pub of the Year

A Nottingham pub that reopened less than 18 months ago has won the ultimate cider award and has been named winner of the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, National Cider Pub of the Year 2015.

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."

CAMRA voted at their last AGM in Nottingham to widen the definition of real cider to include versions produced with natural added fruits and spices, such as the popular ‘Blush' ciders which have raspberries added after fermentation giving both a unique flavour and colour to the cider.



Presentation time:

The Cider Pub of the year Award will be presented at 01.00pm  on 1st October 2015 at:
The Robin Hood and Little John
1 Church Street,

Members of the press are invited to attend and should call Ayo Kila from the CAMRA press team on 07951 569778.

For further information contact the CAMRA press office on or call 01727 798443.

Alternatively contact competition organiser Sarah Newson on 07769 660454