The Stable cider ambassador, Gabe Cook (left), with operations director, David Gough


The Stable is launching its first ever Cider of the Year Awards, in co-operation with Crafty Nectar, Cider Box and its own cider ambassador, Gabe Cook.

The competition will run throughout the year and will be judged by cider experts and customers at The Stable’s 17 locations.

The awards started earlier this month when The Stable invited cider makers from across the country to enter their ciders in to the first round. These entries will be judged and shortlisted by cider experts from Crafty Nectar, Cider Box and The Stable. The ten shortlisted ciders will then be on sale in all The Stable locations for approximately six months and, during this time, will be voted on by customers.

Votes will be gathered and counted on September 1, with the top five ciders going through to the final. The final round of judging will take place on Friday, September 14. The winner will then be The Stable’s cider of the month for October and will have a place on all of the restaurants’ Cider Experiences for a year.

David Gough, operations director at The Stable, said: “I can’t wait to see this competition unfold. Getting the ball rolling by sending out the invitations for the first round was very exciting.

“Entries are certainly not restricted to these invitees and I highly encourage other cider makers to enter, both British and international. I’m looking forward to serving the shortlisted ciders in The Stable’s restaurants in the second round.

“That’s what makes these awards unique — they aren’t just decided by a board of judges, but our customers too, whose opinions we value dearly. During the judging period, we’re expecting to serve over 500,000 pints of cider, so this is going to be a huge competition.”