A pub in Bridport has won a prestigious award for its 'tip-top' cider.

The Woodman Inn pub in Bridport has come out victorious in a competition to decide the Cider Pub of the Year.

Having been nominated by West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale members (CAMRA), it was judged and came top of the class in the annual cider pub of competition.

The Woodman is a classic town centre pub that alongside an interesting ever-changing range of real ales serves an excellent range of real traditional ciders with a broad range in scope from sweet-dry.

This is the second time the pub has won the award and on hearing of the news licensee Darren Moore said: “It’s amazing! We didn’t expect it at all. A huge thanks to CAMRA and to all the producers we use.

"It’s a shame duty is still 40p per litre if you produce more than 7,000 litres, which is quite shocking and needs to be campaigned against.”

He added: “Cider is the lifeblood of the southwest and what everyone visiting wants, maybe our local MP Chris Loder could bring this up.

Regular cider producers on the bar at the Woodman are Burrow Hill, Dorset Nectar, Isaacs from Beaminster and Twisted.

The award was presented to Mr Moore at his pub by West Dorset CAMRA chairman Bruce Mead and the West Dorset CAMRA Cider Representative Alex Bardswell.

Mr Mead said: “It was a real pleasure to present Darren the licensee of the Woodman his certificate for West Dorset CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year. The pub serves an excellent range served in great condition. They complement the changing ale selection and make the Woodman a must-visit pub when in Bridport."

The Woodman now goes through into the Wessex region cider pub finals and West Dorset CAMRA wishes Darren and his team the best of luck.

West Dorset CAMRA is run by a group of volunteers and aims to promote quality, choice and value of local ales and ciders. They have more than 680 members.