It’s RuddFest Weekend!

With surprisingly little ‘fanfare’ this year, Ruddington’s much loved annual beer, cider, gin, food and music festival is back – running from today (Thursday 9th) until Sunday (12th June 2022), starting each day at noon. The popular, four-day, village event usually takes place each year following the second Bank Holiday in May. However, in 2020 ‘RuddFest’ was cancelled altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then delayed by the Coronavirus until August last year. Now, in 2022, it’s very nearly on schedule again – just a week later because of last weekend’s ‘Platinum Jubilee’ celebrations…

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Ruddington Beer Festival

RuddFest is back! This year, Ruddington’s annual beer, cider, gin, food and music festival is running from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June 2022 – starting at midday each day. As usual, it will be centred around the main marquee on The Green (above) but, as last year, with The Frame Breakers, White Horse and Red Lion pubs joining in with the long weekend of festivities, too. Organisers ask you to drink responsibly – and come to RuddFest using public transport, if possible. CT4N Services 22 & 23, Nottingham City Transport’s Navy…

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A Ruddy Fine Gin for Jacob?

Gin made here in Ruddington may soon be stocked in bars and restaurants across Parliament if our local MP gets her way. Please see the update below!* Ruth Edwards, who is also the co-chair of the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for Geographically Protected Foods’, raised the issue in a letter to the House of Commons Commission – which is responsible for overseeing its day-to-day running. She pitched for British food and drink to be put at the heart of our democratic institutions, and she wants the change to start with Ruddy Fine…

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Village Gin Makers Achieve National Awards Shortlist

Ruddington based artisan gin maker, The Ruddy Fine Distillery, has been shortlisted amongst major drink brands for its locally foraged ‘Lockdown Gin’ at The Grocer New Product Awards 2021. Widely regarded as the number one event of its kind for food and drink, these awards recognise and applaud extraordinary innovation across the UK’s FMCG sector. Previous finalists in the same ‘Alcoholic Drinks’ category have included nationwide brands such as Sipsmiths Gin and Westons Cider. As usual, the food and drink products at The Grocer New Product Awards were judged and scored…

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August RuddFest Confirmed

Ruddington’s much loved annual Beer and Cider Festival, which was cancelled completely in 2020 due to COVID-19, will go ahead this year – at the end of this month! In February, a decision was made to push back further the 3rd-6th June dates originally considered for RuddFest 2021 because some Coronavirus restrictions in England would still be in force. Organisers have now confirmed it’s taking place in our village from Thursday 26th August to Sunday 29th August – less than three weeks’ away. Once again the main organisers are The Three Crowns, The White Horse Inn…

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New Ruddington Distillery Joins Virus Battle

The fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the UK has been ongoing in earnest since the big UK lockdown began on Tuesday March 24th 2020. Even before that, panic buying of items such as toilet rolls and cleansing products had begun to clear our supermarket shelves as villagers became aware of the approaching pandemic. All this happened just as Ruddington couple Cheryl Stretton and Rory Thorpe were preparing to launch their brand new gin distillery – an idea they’d been experimenting with at home since last year. “We both like Gin and…

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Bottle Top Christmas Tap Takeovers

There’s a special treat for beer lovers over this festive season – as Ruddington’s craft beer and eco-shop becomes a specialist ale ‘bar’ at weekends throughout December. Since opening in May this year, The Bottle Top – run by husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston – has been making quite an impression in the former Thomas’s Greengrocers shop at 2, High Street. Anthony is a huge beer fan whilst Alex has been busy introducing a raft of products and initiatives for Ruddington’s more environmentally conscious customers – including the return of plastic-free fruit and veg. You…

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Ready For Ruddfest?

Ruddington’s annual Beer & Cider Festival makes a welcome return this week. “Ruddfest 2019” begins at midday on Thursday 30th May and runs from noon each day until Sunday 2nd June, with a full programme of events and activities taking place on The Green, at The White Horse Inn and at The Frame Breakers. The Victoria Tavern on Wilford Road will also be taking part by offering a wider selection of beers and ciders than usual – though there won’t be an outdoor bar this year. Even Ruddington’s new off-licence The Bottle Top will…

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Fancy a Coffee Crawl?

Thousands of revellers are descending on Ruddington this weekend to take full advantage of the hundreds of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and entertainment which make up RuddFest 2018. All being well our pubs will be full – along with people thronging around the dedicated marquee and stalls on The Green. But for those less keen on the alcohol, or needing a break from the stronger stuff, Ruddington has plenty of other village centre venues you can stroll to for a nice, refreshing cup of tea or coffee. This now includes Jasper’s…

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RuddFest Returns!

Ruddington’s now famous annual real ale and cider festival is happening again from Thursday to Sunday this week. The four day “RuddFest” offers over 150 beers and ciders, alongside wines, Prosecco and spirits throughout the village PLUS live entertainment, a big variety of food and fun activities for the kids. The idea of regular beer festivals in Ruddington began at The White Horse in 2006 when the then tenants Tony Beecroft and Jez Curtis decided to make good use of their generous beer garden for a few extra barrels of real ale and cider from…

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