Banham Barrel claims CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year crown

From left: Banham Barrel tenant Frank Foster-Wright receives the Mid Anglia CAMRA Cider of the Year Award from the branch's Cider Officer Ken Woolley and branch Chairman David Williamson.

From left: Banham Barrel tenant Frank Foster-Wright receives the Mid Anglia CAMRA Cider of the Year Award from the branch's Cider Officer Ken Woolley and branch Chairman David Williamson.

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The Banham Barrel pub has described being named as the 2016 Cider Pub of the Year by Mid Anglia’s Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) as “a very pleasant surprise.”

Managed by Wendy and Frank Foster-Wright, the Barrel was recognised by the branch for its “fine selection of ciders available”, as the tenants brought their total number of CAMRA accolades to eight, since taking over the pub more than ten years ago.

Mr Foster-Wright told the Diss Express: “We were very surprised to receive this award. Mainly because they did the decision making through a secret shopper way.

“I’m not entirely sure why they chose the Barrel but I’m sure it is a mixture of making our own cider, selling a good selection over all and the pub having a lovely selection of locals that make the place very warm and welcome. Maybe the staff too.”

Situated in Kenninghall Road, the Barrel was last crowned the Cider Pub of the Year in 2007 by CAMRA’s East Anglia division, and a year earlier, it was selected as a runner-up in the campaign’s National Cider and Perry competition.

It becomes only the second recipient of the Mid Anglia branch’s top cider pub prize, following 2015’s winner, The Wortwell Bell.

The pub has also earned multiple awards for its own range of in-house brews, known as Jonty’s Cider.

Ken Woolley, Mid-Anglia CAMRA Cider Officer, said: “We are pleased to give Frank and the Banham Barrel this award to acknowledge their dedication to dispensing quality ciders.

“This is the second year the award has been made and the Barrel is a just recipient.

“Cider was prominent around the Banham area and following a resurgence, remains an important local beverage.”

To find out more about the Banham Barrel, please call 01953 888593 or visit www.thebanhambarrel.co.uk