An award-winning pub has won the Campaign’s top cider crown just two years after being re-opened by a CAMRA member.

The New Union pub in Kendal, Cumbria scooped CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year (POTY) award for its range 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 also works closely with Kendal businesses to offer local produce.

New Union licensee Phil Walker believes he has found the formula to turn a derelict pub into a success.

Phil said: “I’m honoured. 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 achieve-ment. The New Union boasts an excellent range of real ciders and perries in an area that isn’t usually known for them.”

The other finalists were-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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