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Saving Our Local Pubs – Goodbye to The Railway Arms

To mark British Pub Week, which starts today on Friday 28th October, the downhamweb team had wanted to celebrate the varied and wonderful pubs found in Downham Market and its surrounding area.

The Railway Arms, Downham Market
The Railway Arms, Downham Market

So we were incredibly saddened to learn that this week, of all weeks, the award-winning Railway Arms closed its doors due to a proposed tripling of its rent.

This fantastic little pub, located on platform one of the Downham Market train station, was one of the area’s gems.

A previous winner of CAMRA’s (The Campaign for Real Ale) Cider Pub of the Year, The Railway Arms was a warm and welcoming micro-pub that had achieved regional and national recognition.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone

British Pub Week runs from Friday 28th October to Saturday 5th November, and aims to get people back into pubs, by celebrating everything that is great about them.

According to CAMRA, 29 UK pubs close every single week.

“Pubs are an important part of our history, heritage and culture that deserve acknowledging and celebrating all the good they bring to our communities and country. Pubs play an integral role in social cohesion, providing a safe environment where people can meet old friends and make new friends; pubs provide this service for communities throughout this country.”
British Pub Week

To mark the week downhamweb has set up a new ‘Local Pubs’ page here >

So why not support one of your local pubs this evening, perhaps one you’ve never been to before, and head out for a meal or a drink. Remember, once they’re gone, they’re probably gone for good.



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Downham Market Railway Station, home to The Railway Arms