Country charm shines through as Castle Inn wins CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year

A traditional 16th century thatched roofed pub in a small Dorset village has walked away with CAMRA’s top Real Cider award after being named Cider Pub of the Year.

The Castle Inn, West Lulworth, has been crowned the best place in the UK to enjoy a pint of Real Cider by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

The pub has been run by the Halliday family for over thirty years – Alex Halliday is the current landlord and the third generation of his family to run the pub,

“It’s absolutely fantastic to win the National Cider Pub of the Year competition. We’ve been pushing real cider for years now and hope that us winning this award will put Dorset cider on the map.” Alex Halliday, Landlord at The Castle Inn.

Located near to the beautiful Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door of the Jurassic Coastline, the pub is a hit with regulars and visitors alike, with the choice of real ciders and perries being a significant draw for many.

“At any one time we have around fifty to sixty different real ciders available in the pub and we believe that once people try proper real cider they will realise how much better it is than commercially produced stuff, which often only contains around thirty percent apple juice!”

Real Cider is made from 100% natural apple juice with no additives or chemicals and is served naturally still, unlike commercially produced cider which is force-carbonated to give it fizz and, as Alex mentions above, can often contain as little as 30% apple juice. Real perry is produced in exactly the same way as real cider but with pear juice instead of apple juice. Sarah Newson is the organiser of the Cider pub of the Year competition and had this to say about The Castle Inn,

“The Castle Inn is a very worthy winner of this much coveted award. Their commitment to real cider and perry is second to none and the quality of drinks they have in the pub at any one time is truly staggering. As well as that the pub is a beautiful place to enjoy a drink, with all the country charm you could hope for.”

The announcement of the award marks the start of CAMRA’s October long Cider Month campaign. CAMRA is urging pubs around the country to try stocking a real cider this month and to encourage their patrons to give this traditional British drink a try.

The Cider Pub of the year Award will be presented at 01.00pm today at The Castle Inn, Main Rd, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5RN. The other three finalists were the Rising Sun in Berkhamsted, the Railway Arms in Downham Market and the Hop and Vine in Hull.

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Salty Dog Crisps and Nuts

Salty Dog Crisps and Nuts

Our Salty Dog selection of Crisps and Nuts are going down great – perfect for our dog friendly pub!

We offer the following of their crisps:


And we offer the following of their nuts:


Are their any others of their range that we should stock?

Link: Salty Dog

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Jake the Jack Russell showing off his “Sit!” skills!

Jake the Jack Russell:

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1/3 Pint Cider Sampler Glasses now available!

Cider Sampler Glasses

We now have 1/3 (third) pint glasses available for sampling from our Real Cider and Perry range.

It’s a great way to try out more from our range of 20 ciders without having to resort to larger sizes!

Let us know what you think!

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Mentioned in the Guardian Newspaper!

Guardian Newspaper Clipping

We were mentioned in today’s Guardian Newspaper in their Dorset Cider feature!

A brilliant article on the booming Dorset Cider industry, and great to have a little mention in the article.

Cheers Mentioned in the Guardian Newspaper!

You can read the full article here: 

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Dorset Nectar cider now available!

Dorset Nectar Cider

We have now added the superb Dorset Nectar cider to our ever growing Real Ciders list!

“Dorset Nectar artisan cider is naturally fermented from 11 varieties of West Country cider apples grown on our family run farm. The sun ripened apples are whole crushed and pressed at the orchard’s cider barn, then patiently nurtured to create a smooth, delicious cider that is really fruity in taste and bursting with flavour. We hand crafted both of our hydraulic presses, the largest using two 58 tonne rams. We press using a traditional rack and cloth method and are renovating an old twin screw 1863 press from Chard.”

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Paws in the Park 2013 at Lulworth Castle

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

A 5 mile sponsored walk through the beautiful grounds of Lulworth Castle, starting at 10am on Sunday 16th June 2013.

Paws in the Park 2013 at Lulworth Castle

Teagan from Paws in the Park 2012

Registration costs just £5 per dog. In exchange for this and at least £30 sponsorship, they’ll give you a goodie bag, including:

  • a dog tag
  • a printed bandana for each dog
  • doggie treats

Once you have registered, your dog will receive its sponsorship pack so you can start raising money straight away.

The Top Dog

The dog who raises the highest amount in sponsorship will feature on next year’s publicity (pictured is the 2012 highest sponsored dog – Teagan).

For more details please call Mark on 01305 261800 or use their contact form.

All dogs will be kept on a lead for part of the route.

See photographs from last year’s event.

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Treats from Dorset Dog Delights now available!

Dorset Dog Delights

We have now got the full range of treats available from Dorset Dog Delights!

They are fantastic home made treats that all dogs love (well so far!) and without anything added that is unneccesary. They are great for puppies and elderly dogs too, and with full ingredients on the packaging it is easy to see suitability for dogs with dietary restrictions too!

Dorset Dog Delights website:

Dorset Dog Delights Facebook:

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