The Railway Arms is North West Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year

Graham Pearson, landlord of The Railway Arms Pub in, Saffron Walden receives an award from Ian Fitzhenry

Graham Pearson, landlord of The Railway Arms Pub in Saffron Walden receives the award for CAMRA best pub of the year in North West Essex from Ian Fitzhenry, Chair of the local CAMRA group - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Community pub The Railway Arms in Saffron Walden has been celebrating after being named the North West Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year.

And the competition continues via county and regional awards, leading to the announcement of which venue has won National Pub of the Year.

The presentation day at the Railway Arms also marked its first year of reopening, following a prolonged community campaign.

Save The Railway Arms Pub (STRAP) began the campaign to have the pub designated as an Asset of Community Value in 2013.

During their campaign to keep the pub they formed Saffron Walden Community Pub Ltd and raised grants, loans, and share capital to enable its purchase in 2020.

The latest accolade comes hot on the heels of being runner up in the Real Ale Campaign group's National Pub Saving Awards competition and entry in the 2022 Good Beer Guide.

Group outside The Railway Arms, Saffron Walden, Essex

Graham Pearson, his daughter Isla, and customers, shareholders and supporters outside The Railway Arms, Saffron Walden - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Graham Pearson and daughter Isla, holding awards, The Railway Arms pub, Saffron Walden, Essex

Graham Pearson, landlord of The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden with the award for CAMRA best pub of the year in North West Essex and and his daughter Isla, with the recent award for runner-up in saving the pub - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Graham Pearson, landlord of The Railway Arms Pub, Saffron Walden, with daughter Isla

Graham Pearson, landlord of The Railway Arms pub, and his daughter Isla with the award for CAMRA best pub of the year in North West Essex - Credit: Celia Bartlett

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