Britain's Tastiest Apple Award goes to Rubens Apple

The award for Britain’s Tastiest Apple has gone to the Rubens Apple for the second year running at the 2011 National Fruit Show. This apple is exclusively grown in Kent and three separate growers were awarded the top three places to ensure that the Ruben Apple made a clean sweep of the awards.

Nigel Bardlsey who grows his Rubens Apples at the River Farm in Staplehurst took the top spot. He is one of the pioneers of the Rubens Apple and one of the growers credited with bringing it to England after first tasting it in Italy at a trade fair. Clive Gotham from Sittingbourne’s AC Gotham was the Rubens grower who took second place and third spot was nabbed by Stourmouth’s Simon Mount, another Rubens pioneer.

These awards confirm that for 2011 at least, the Ruben’s Apple is officially the tastiest apple in Britain. There were 5 judges at the competition, including the CE of English Apples and Pears Adrian Barlow. Those three Rubens Apples that were judged to be the best in the Tastiest Apple competition had to beat off 150 different kinds of apples to take the top spots.

More success for the apple went to Bob Thompson from Chainhurst, near Marden. Bob won the Ruben’s class award after entering the show for the first time. Bob scooped the trophy and a night at the Rubens Hotel in London for his reward.

Michael Joyles from Rubens marketing company, Norman Collett, commented on the fantastic triumph at this years show. “It is an outstanding result to claim the first 3 places for this Kent grown apple when the competition was so fierce. British apples are on a true resurgence in the UK and the quality of apples makes each grower raise their game. So to claim the first three places is an astounding achievement and reflect the quality of Kent and British apple growers.”

Britain’s consumers won’t have to wait to eat Britain’s tastiest apple as it is now available from most supermarkets.