The Railway Arms in Downham has been named as CAMRA’s national Cider and Perry Pub of the Year.
Judges said the pub, on the platform at Downham station, was “a quirky, fun little place to be” and “a good reason to miss your train”,
A delighted Ian Pinches, who together with his wife Lesley Ann Pinches and their son Callum, runs The Railway Arms, said: “We are overjoyed and very humbled to hear that the Railway Arms has won this year’s CAMRA National Cider and Perry Pub of the Year Award and we wish to thank our customers, supporters and suppliers.”
“We have extended our range this year, we remain focussed on selling high quality ciders, some of which are made by people we know personally using locally grown apples - although we also like to stock cider and perry from far and wide in the UK, with some regular favourites alongside a frequently changing range of ‘guests’.”
Andrea Briers, Chair of CAMRA’s Cider and Perry Committee, said: “The number of pubs that have found a market for real cider is increasing each year, which has meant that the competition has become very tough.
“I am lucky enough to live fairly close to the Railway Arms and have seen the work that Ian, Lesley-Ann and Callum put in to make the pub a welcoming local. Well done to them on their achievement and congratulations for a well deserved win.”
The pub beat three other finalists to take the title.