Beer’s annual bake-off hits ‘highest standards’ yet

Jane West presents winner Nigel Groves with a trophy and voucher for Woozies Deli.

Jane West presents winner Nigel Groves with a trophy and voucher for Woozies Deli. - Credit: Archant

Beer’s annual bake-off hit its ‘highest standards’ yet, with more entries than ever before. Competitors were tasked with baking a creation that represented the village, stood at least two tiers tall and featured a decorative seagull.

Crowds packed into the Dolphin Hotel last month to see which of the seven creative bakes triumphed.

Judge Michael West tasted a range of entries shaped like Beer landmarks, including ‘Peco Drama’ – a steam train with a splatted seagull, Beer Fish Shop, Beer Scout campsite and the Mariners Hall complete with Christmas trimmings.

Andy Williams, the founder of the competition, said: “The standard of the competition is so wonderfully high for something that started as a bit of a laugh. We never thought it would get this big.”

Nigel Groves was named the winner and received a trophy and £50 voucher from Woozies Deli.


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Nigel said: “I was very surprised and pleased to win this year. It’s only the second time I have decorated a cake; the first time was last year’s post box when I came third.”

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