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An award-winning pub at Downham Market train station has closed.

The Railway Arms has shut its doors just months after it was named CAMRA’s East Anglia Regional Cider Pub of the Year 2016.

Five years before, the pub featured on the BBC2 documentary series, Great British Railway Journeys.

Ian Pinches who ran the pub located on platform one, has also closed The Fenland Express Cafe.

This week a note was displayed in the pub window. It read: “Further to a proposed rent increase, which we regard as excessive, which in our view would adversely affect the viability of the business, we have reluctantly taken the decision to cease trading with immediate effect.

“We wish to thank all our customers and staff for their loyalty and support over the past seven years.”

A spokesperson for  train operators Great Northern said it was surprised and saddened to learn that the tenants handed back the keys.

“It was our understanding that negotiations were underway and a very modest rent increase was offered,” said the spokesman.

“After several years without an increase, we wanted to work with the tenant to ensure he stayed, as he is a valuable asset to the local community.

“We would be very willing to talk to the tenant to understand why this offer was unacceptable.”

There was no answer from the pub yesterday when YLP tried to contact Mr Pinches for a comment.