The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has announced the names of what it considers to be the two best pubs for real cider and perry in Britain.
The Prince of Wales in Foxfield, Cumbria and the Hop & Vine in Hull were voted joint winners in Camra's National Cider & Perry Pub of the Year competition.
The pair were among 120 nominations for the contest, which is in its sixth year.
"We judge the nominated pubs in a similar way to Camra's National Pub of the Year competition, but with an emphasis on the promotion of real cider and perry and having enthusiastic staff who know what's real and what's not," Camra's competition organiser Sarah Newson said.
"We had some very good entries this year but it was impossible to separate the two winners. The Prince of Wales and the Hop & Vine are doing a fantastic job raising the profile of real cider and perry and offering consumers a fine choice at the bar. Both are very worthy winners of the national award," she added.
In the last year the Hop & Vine has served 63 different ciders and perries. The Prince of Wales has sold more than 50 different ciders and perries in the last 12 months.
Stuart Johnson, licensee of the Prince of Wales, said, "We are amazed that a pub in Cumbria has won this national award for real cider and perry. Both real cider and real perry play a major role in the success of our pub and we are extremely pleased to be jointly crowned National Cider Pub of the Year with the Hop and Vine in Hull."
Stewart Campbell, licensee of the Hop & Vine, said, "We were delighted to hear that we are joint winners of Camra's National Cider Pub of the Year. Our successful business plan is simple - real cider, real perry, real ale and real food."
Camra has also announced the Regional Cider & Perry Pubs of the Year:
Central Southern - Rising Sun, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
East Anglia - Odd One Out, Colchester, Essex
East Midlands - Arkwright Arms, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton, Derbyshire
Greater London - Southampton Arms, Kentish Town
Greater Manchester - Cheshire Ring, Hyde
Kent - Berry, Walmer (also a finalist in the national competition)
Merseyside, Cheshire & North Wales - Appleton Thorn Village Hall, Appleton Thorn, Cheshire
North East - Cumberland Arms, Byker, Tyne & Wear
Scotland & Northern Ireland - Blackfriars, Inverness
South & Mid Wales - Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd (also a finalist in the national competition)
South West - Orchard, Bristol
Surrey & Sussex - Crossways Inn, Churt, Surrey
Wessex & Channel Isles - Florence Arms, Southsea, Hampshire
West Midlands - Coopers Tavern, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
West Pennines - Prince of Wales, Foxfield, Cumbria
Yorkshire - Hop & Vine, Hull
By Neil Gerrard
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