The Unicorn Inn, in Bayford near Wincanton, has been named winner of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) National Cider Pub of the Year 2016.
Landlords Richard Cummins and Jayne Wallace have been running the pub for nine years, and CAMRA said they were responsible for turning it back into a “true cider pub”.
Sarah Newson, the organiser of the Cider Pub of the Year competition, said: “The Unicorn is a wonderful showcase for some of the finest Somerset ciders and perries, although an occasional ‘foreign’ cider such as one from Devon may make a guest appearance! It is fitting that at last we have a national winner from what most people consider to be the heartland of traditional cider. The licensee Richard promotes the real ciders and perries he sells, with a great passion. He is genuinely interested in their provenance and knows many of his local producers well. The quality of the carefully chosen products are also top-notch, being kept at a constant cellar temperature. He has been trying to keep improving his offering and it has now certainly paid dividends.”
Cummins said: “We think it’s fantastic, it’s absolutely brilliant. We’re overwhelmed at becoming CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year winner for 2016. This is the first time we’ve won it, we’ve won the Heart of Wessex branch cider award three times in a row from 2014 and winning this year overall is a great honour.”