A CIDER which was originally brewed for a wedding has been named the world's best still cider.

The winner, Malvern Gold, is made by the Malvern Cider Company, which grows its apples at Crumpton Oaks Farm, on the northern edge of the town.

The accolade was made at the World Cider Awards, part of the World Drinks Awards, which are judged by top food and drink writers and makers.

Maker Rod Clifford said: “Malvern Gold was initially created for a friend’s wedding who didn’t want champagne to toast the occasion.

"We used the apples from her father’s farm in the shadow of the Malvern Hills and produced the original batch.

“To this day, Malvern Gold is made with the same care and dedication. It delivers the rich and robust character which we enjoyed on that occasion.

"We personally oversee the entire process to create Malvern Gold, even the planting of the trees from the outset, to ensure its unrivalled quality by the time it reaches your glass.

Glen Friel, the firm's sales and marketing director, said: “We are thrilled that Malvern Gold is being recognised with such a prestigious award.

“Cider from this part of the UK has always been known for its immense character and quality and Malvern Gold being named the world’s best is another wonderful chapter in the fantastic tradition of cider making in the region.

“This is a truly local cider. The apples are grown in and around Malvern, then pressed in Stourport‐on‐Severn.

"Nothing is added or taken away, so the consumer is getting all the flavour and refreshment. Even the design captures the beautiful landscape that inspired this premium cider.”

Malvern Gold is a medium dry cider made using Three Counties, Yarlington Mill and Dabinett apples.

The cider delighted the award judges with its quality and depth of flavour without artificial colourings, flavourings or sweeteners.

Its label uses a painting of the Malvern Hills that was created by Malvern-based landscape artist Antony Bridge.

Malvern Gold is rapidly enjoying a growing reputation, as it has also recently been awarded a silver medal at the International Cider Challenge in the West Country style category and a bronze medal for its branding.