Downham Market pub wins national award

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A Downham pub has proved to be the apple of the judges’ eyes after being named one of the four best cider pubs in the country.

Regulars at the Railway Arms will be celebrating after their local has received national recognition from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The Railway Road pub is no stranger to winning ways after being awarded the East Anglia Cider Pub of the Year.

Judges have now declared the Railway Arms to be one of the best four pubs in the country in the National Cider Pub of the year Competition for2014.

Andrea Briers, CAMRA’s East Anglia regional director and chairwoman of CAMRA’s cider and perry committee has congratulated the landlord Ian Pinches and his team on their award success and praised the pub.

She said, “The Railway Arms is an excellent example of a micro pub, small cosy and welcoming and well worth visiting to enjoy some of the real ciders and perries they offer both from national and local producers.”

“Members of the West Norfolk CAMRA group also wish to congratulate the Railway Arms for its achievement in securing the East Anglia Cider pub of the year and wish them the best of luck in the future.”

The award was due to be presented to the Railway Arms team during a ceremony yesterday (Thursday).

Mr Pinches, a former chief executive at a London housing charity, took over the pub more than five years ago and runs it with his family. It serves the highly rated Pickled Pig brand of cider.