National recognition for Tarka Line

THE 39-mile long Tarka Line from Barnstaple to Exeter is well on its way to gaining national recognition.  The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has listed Barnstaple s Stationmaster s Cafe as one of six finalists for Best Retail Outle

THE 39-mile long Tarka Line from Barnstaple to Exeter is well on its way to gaining national recognition.

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has listed Barnstaple's Stationmaster's Cafe as one of six finalists for "Best Retail Outlet." In its 2009 awards

Proprietor Mike Day, who spent three years battling red tape before converting the former Stationmaster's residence into a restaurant, museum and meeting centre, was jubilant at the news.

"This really puts Barnstaple on the national railway map," he said, "and it's great to think that our little cafe tucked away at the end of a branch line is one of only six finalists out of the entire country. The judges clearly have a soft spot for home cooking!"


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The Tarka Rail Association's new booklet, Tarka Line Walks, has also made the final cut and is among six finalists for "Best Marketing Publication" of the year. Its author, Peter Craske of South Tawton, also appears on ACoRP's shortlist of six for "Outstanding Volunteer."

The final award winners will be announced at ACoRP's 2009 Awards Ceremony, to be held at Carlisle on September 25..

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