Carpenter Arms in Maldon wins Branch Cider Pub of the Year award for the third year in a row
The Carpenters Arms in Gate Street, Maldon has won the Cider Pub of the Year Award for 2017 from the Maldon & Dengie Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The pub also picked up this award in 2015 and 2016. Chris Harvey, Chairman of the Maldon & Dengie Branch of CAMRA, is pictured on the right of the photo presenting the award to landlord John Walpole and his partner Julia Wingfield at a special evening held recently at the pub.
Chris said: “We are delighted to be able to make this award to the Carpenters Arms again, which was the winner in the vote held by local CAMRA members for their Cider Pub of the Year. In the past couple of years there has been considerable growth in the real cider and perry market nationally and locally. An increasing number of drinkers are discovering the fantastic variety of ciders and perries that are now available, and the Carpenters Arms offers a superb selection for people in our area to sample.”
Julia added: “John and I are humbled to receive this award for the third time. We’d like to thank the local Branch of CAMRA for their support.
Compasses in Great Totham is our Branch Pub of the Year for the second year running
The Compasses in Colchester Road, Great Totham has won our Pub of the Year Award for 2017. At the recent award evening at the pub, owners Alex Chambers and Hayley Rogers decided to let the rest of the team pick up the award on their behalf. Alex said: “The success of the pub is as much about the hard work they have put in, so it seems only right that they should accept the award.”
Stephen Dearing, Branch Secretary of the Maldon & Dengie Branch of CAMRA, is pictured on the left of the photo presenting the award to Mitchell Corrin, Bar Manager and Shannon Kendall, Head Chef. Stephen said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to make this award to the Compasses, which was the winner in the vote held by local CAMRA members for their Pub of the Year. Three years ago, the pub was on the verge of closing, as the then owner thought it wasn’t worth saving. Since then, the pub has won the Branch Pub of the Year and Essex Pub of the Year awards, and now they’ve gone and done it again!”
Mitchell replied: “In the last two years there have been good times and bad and quite a few memorable nights at the pub. We should all be proud of ourselves, winning the fourth award in such a short space of time. Hopefully there’ll be many more to come.”