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'King' thrilled to retain cider crown
Article date: 04 Jul 2013

Robbie Bates, pub manager at The Kings Fee, has won the Herefordshire Campaign for Real Ale ‘cider pub of the year’, for the second successive year.

Robbie is pictured centre, receiving the certificate from branch chairman Simon Crowther (right) and cider and perry representative Pat Pope.

The pub serves up to six ciders at all times, including at least four from local producers, as well as those from Westons and Thatchers.

It has five hand-pumps and rotates ciders from a dozen local producers. These include ciders from Orgasmic Cider Co, Once Upon A Tree, Oliver’s and Butford Organics.

Robbie said: “We are absolutely delighted to win the award again. Both certificates are proudly displayed behind the bar, and we are hoping to go for the hat-trick next year.”

Pat Pope said: “Congratulations to Robbie and the entire team for promoting local cider and perry.

“The Kings Fee thoroughly deserves this award, in recognition of the effort which it has made to stock and actively promote the products of our local cider-makers.”

Paul Grenfell, Herefordshire CAMRA treasurer, said: “Lots of pubs in Herefordshire sell real cider, but none offers such a wide selection.

The Kings Fee has set the standard for the others to emulate.”

Robbie is also planning to stage a cider-themed farmers’ market, in the beer garden at the pub, during the summer.

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