A CAMRA award-winning pub, within two years of re-opening by a CAMRA member in 2016, has won the Campaign’s top cider pub award.

The New Union pub in Kendal scooped CAMRA’s prestigious National Cider Pub of the Year Award for its wide array of real ciders and perries.

Nestled on the fringe of the Lake District, this no-nonsense pub is a popular community hub hosting a weekly quiz, fortnightly music nights, carol singing, live music and whisky tastings. It works closely with Kendal businesses to offer local produce and boasts “great beer, good craic and a friendly atmosphere” and re-opened just two years ago following an untimely closure.

The New Union’s licensee Phil Walker believes he has found the formula to turn a derelict and disused pub into a success.

Walker said: “I’m absolutely honoured that the New Union has won CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year Award. To go from opening the pub just two years ago to being able to compete against the finest cider pubs across the country makes me incredibly proud.

“I want to say a massive thank you to the judging panel for selecting the New Union and to our loyal customers here in Kendal who have helped us get where we are today.”

Competition organiser Sarah Newson said: “This is a  remarkable achievement for a previously closed pub to win national recognition so quickly after re-opening.

“The New Union boasts an excellent range of real ciders and perries in an area that isn’t usually known for cider and perry, and we’re pleased to see such an offering on the fringe of the Lake District.”

The other finalists in the competition include last year’s winner the Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Appleton Thorn, Cheshire, Larkins’ Ale House in Cranbrook, Kent and the Woodbine in Waltham Abbey, Essex.

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