The Official Tourism Website for Herefordshire

Crown Inn Scoops Cider Award

The Crown Inn at Woolhope in Herefordshire has been named the UK’s Best Cider Pub in the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards.

The Herefordshire based local was honoured at a gala ceremony at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on Thursday 6th September after beating off competition from all over the UK.

The judges were particularly impressed with The Crown Inn having won the Morning Advertiser’s Cider Pub of the Year for the last two years running. The pub features more than 36 local ciders and perries, available on bottle and draught, all sourced within 15 miles of its location. The pub also looks to bring together local food and drink and offers a five-course set menu which matches food with wines, ciders and perries.

The awards – organised by pub industry bible The Morning Advertiser – celebrate the best in the business across more than 20 different categories, covering everything from the UK’s Best Beer Pub, Best Family Pub and Best Food Pub, to the UK’s overall Pub of the Year award.

Prestigious gongs are also given to the UK’s Best Pub Garden, Best Newcomer, Best Live Entertainment, and even the nation’s Best LGBTQ+ drinking hole.

Morning Advertiser Editor Ed Bedington explains: “These awards really are the pub industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, so to win one is a huge achievement. “By winning one of our awards, The Crown at Woolhope has shown it really is one of the UK’s finest.”

Matt Slocombe, Landlord of the Crown Inn said “We are so thrilled to be Crowned the Best Cider Pub for the Third year! What a measure of the consistency the team produce and we are so delighted to continue to put Herefordshire Cider and Perry on the map!”

More about The Crown Inn.

Picture: Matt Slocombe ( with award) presented by comedian and host of the evening, Russel Kane, (left)  Emmy Webber of Mallets Cider ( category sponsor) and Ed Bedington, Managing Editor of the Morning Advertiser.