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Railway pub 'best for cider'

A small pub on a railway platform has been named best in the country for its cider and perry drinks.

The Railway Arms at Downham Market railway station in Norfolk was hailed by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) for promoting and encouraging sales of quality real cider and perry.

The bar beat pubs and clubs from across the country to win the accolade.

Ian Pinches, who runs the pub with his with wife Lesley-Ann and son Callum said he was "overjoyed" to win the award, adding: " As a micropub we are naturally committed to the concept of 'small is beautiful' and, although we have extended our range this year, we remain focused 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 ales."

Andrea Briers, chairman 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."

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