Downham Market pub wins cider award

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The Railway Arms pub in Downham has been named as the East Anglia cider pub of the year for the second time in a row.

The award was announced this week by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

Chris Rouse, regional cider coordinator for CAMRA, said: “The Railway Arms has gone from strength to strength in it’s offerings of real ciders and perry’s. It may be a small pub, but has a big punch when it comes to real cider.”

The pub in Station Road was judged along side the best in each of the other six counties in East Anglia for this award

It now goes forward to compete for the national cider pub of the year award.

Landlord Ian Pinches said “We are once again very humbled by the recognition we have received from CAMRA in being awarded both the Norfolk and the East Anglian Cider and Perry pub of the year awards for 2014.

“We must take the opportunity to thank our customers (from far and wide) and our cider makers and suppliers.

“Particular mention must be made of Charles Roberts and Tony Hobbs (respectively Pickled Pig and Cromwell) and Paul Fisher and the directors from the Small Beer Company, whose help and guidance is greatly appreciated.”