Cider Pub of the Year

Amber Valley Cider Pub of the Year 2018

We need your help to compile a list of 6 pubs to go forward to our first Amber Valley Cider Pub of the Year Competition.  You have from Sunday 1st October to Monday 30th October to submit UP TO 5 Amber Valley pubs which must serve at least one real cider or perry on a regular basis and which you think deserve consideration.  You don’t have to list the pubs in order of preference and its fine if you only want to nominate one or two.

Please email your nominations to me at along with your name and CAMRA membership number. You need to be an Amber Valley CAMRA member to nominate.

On Tuesday 31st October the nominations will be counted and the 6 pubs with the most nominations will go forward to the competition which will be judged by volunteer CAMRA members from Wednesday 1st November through to Thursday 30th November.

We would like to have as many judges as possible and, although they need to be members of CAMRA, they don’t have to be Amber Valley Branch members.  If you would be interested or know someone else who would, please contact us for more information.  You only have to commit to visiting each of the 6 pubs once during the judging period and sending in your scoresheet by email or post.

A form listing the nominated pubs and the various categories to be judged, together with explanatory notes from CAMRA, will be sent to any member who volunteers to take part in the judging.

We thank you in anticipation for your input towards helping us to choose a worthy winner and runner up for this prestigious Branch award. The winner and runner up will be announced in December and the winner will go forward to the East Midlands Regional Competition in March 2018.

Chris Rogers
Amber Valley CAMRA

East Midlands Cider Pub of the Year 2017

Winner : The Wheatsheaf, Bingham, – CAMRA Branch = Vale of Belvoir (Notts)

“I was very impressed with the pub as a whole. Good range of cider and happy to assist with any queries. A tastefully refurbished yet cosy pub which was perfect for a couple of pints!”

The Wheatsheaf will now go forward to the National Cider POTY judging, with the result set to be announced in October.


Cider Pub Of The Year 2015

The Steampacket in Swanwick has been announced as the winner for the second year running.  Congratulations again go to Amanda and her team.

A photo of the presentation will be available shortly.


Cider Pub Of The Year 2014

The votes have been counted and the winner is confirmed as The Steampacket in Swanwick.  Congratulations to them, they will now go forward into the East Midlands stage of the competition.


Cider Pub of The Year 2013

We are pleased to announce The Beehive, Peasehill as our Cider Pub Of the Year for 2013. The pub will now go forward to the East Midlands stage of the competition.

Our congratualtions go to the landlord and landlady, Steve (pictured above with Branch Chairman Chris Rogers) and Linda Creswell who have been in charge of the pub for over 20 years.  Since opening the Honey Pot in the former stables at the top end of the garden in August 2012, things have gone from strength to strength.

They regularly stock a number of ciders and perries from local and regional producers and from further afield.  They are one of the few truly dedicated cider and perry pubs in our area and very deserving of the award.