The Catherine Wheel, Newbury is West Berkshire CAMRA's 2015 Cider Pub of the Year
Warwick Heskins took over the refurbished Catherine Wheel in June 2014. He was keen to stock a variety of local beers and ciders and paid Enterprise Inns a premium for access to bottled drinks from any source. The pub's draught cider range is influenced by his dislike of 'mainstream fizzy pretend cider'.
On 20 October, Tim Thomas presented the branch Cider Pub of the Year award to Warwick and Pauline at the Catherine Wheel.
Local cidermakers who supply bottled ciders to the pub, Tim Wale (Tutts Clump), Nick Edwards (Ciderniks) and Rick Wyatt (Wyatt's Craft Cider), on the right of the photo, brought cider samples along for a tasting session.Andy Pinkard (left) said it was good to see a discount on real ale and cider for CAMRA members. Rod Holmes (rear) said that with its big variety of draught and bottled ciders, the pub was at the core of Newbury's cider scene! After the presentation, customers enjoyed sandwiches filled with gammon that Warwick had cooked earlier, using Tutts Clump Jazz cider to add extra flavour.
Draught ciders at the Catherine Wheel are usually supplied from Herefordshire by Westons and from Somerset by Thatchers and Orchard Pig. For a Cider Week, starting the previous day, Warwick obtained additional draught ciders by Tutts Clump (Jazz), Ciderniks (Ten Years After), Salt Hill Cider (Autumn Gold) and Aspall (Cyderkyn).
Other pubs in West Berkshire stocking a range of draught real ciders include: Five Bells, Wickham (2014 Cider Pub of the Year); Bell Inn, Aldworth; John O'Gaunt, Hungerford; Hatchet Inn, Newbury and Cow & Cask micropub, Newbury.
6th May 2015