The Railway Arms shut it’s doors for the final time just a few weeks ago due to increased rent prices on the property, which would see the price triple to continue business. Unfortunately this caused the closure of the award winning micropub, winning National cider & perry pub in 2013.

However, Ian Pinches along with his family are still set to receive another award after the closure for reaching the finals of National Cider Pub of the Year.

Ian said: “This will be the third time in four years that we have reached the finals, which, if we say so ourselves, is not bad for a micro pub. If anyone can join us for the award-giving at the King’s Arms in Shouldham at 8pm, we would love to see them there!”

Ian is set to receive the award on Friday 18th of November.

Since the closure, Mr Pinches has called for support of independent station platform businesses, with rumours of a large coffee chain opening on the site, Ian said:

“If nothing else comes of it though, we would like to think that all those involved reflect on how they deal with small independent units up and down the line in order to ensure they give real and meaningful support to those small units on their railway platforms in order to prevent this happening again.

“It is all very sad – for our customers, our staff, for our supporters (CAMRA, local cider makers and brewers) and not least for the people of West Norfolk.”

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