Cider Pub of the Year 2023

If you want to be guaranteed a tip top cider then the Woodman Inn pub, Bridport is the place to go. Having been nominated by West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale members it was judged and came top of the class in the annual cider pub of competition. The Woodman is a classic town centre pub that alongside an interesting ever changing range of real ales serves an excellent range of real traditional ciders with a broad range in scope from sweet-dry. Regular cider producers to be on the bar are Burrow Hill, Dorset Nectar, Isaacs from Beaminster and Twisted.

This is the second time the pub has won the award and on hearing of the news licensee Darren Moore said “It’s amazing! We didn’t expect it at all. A huge thanks to CAMRA and to all the producers we use. It’s a shame duty is still 40p per litre if you produce more than 7000 litres which is quite shocking and needs to be campaigned against.” He went on to say “Cider is the lifeblood of the southwest and what everyone visiting wants, maybe our local M.P Chris Loader could bring this up”

West Dorset CAMRA Chairman Bruce Mead said “It was a real pleasure to present Darren the licensee of the Woodman his certificate for West Dorset CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year. The pub serves an excellent range served in great condition. They complement the changing ale selection and makes the Woodman a must visit pub when in Bridport”.

The Woodman now goes through into the Wessex region cider pub finals and West Dorset CAMRA wish Darren and his team the best of luck.

West Dorset Cider Pub Of The Year 2023
Left to Right. West Dorset CAMRA chairman Bruce Mead, Woodman Licensee Darren Moore & West Dorset CAMRA Cider Rep Alex Bardswell presenting the West Dorset Cider Pub of the Year Award. Photo Credit Rich Gabe.

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