We got to thinking, what do our users enjoy that lends itself well to travelling by train? Well, because we love a good pint and can imagine you might enjoy the odd ale or cheeky glass of cider, too, the answer was resoundingly clear: visiting great pubs! And so the Station Pub Guide began.
Because we cannot possibly travel to every station– or every pub– in the UK on our own, we've asked our friends on Facebook and Twitter to share their favourite pubs that are located near train stations. We're looking for pubs with character, a welcoming ambiance and a good selection of thirst quenchers. Pubs that are great for catching a drink whilst waiting for the train but are also worth travelling to for an afternoon or night out with friends.
Over time, we'll be adding to this list so it can continue to grow. If you would like to contribute to our list, let us know your pick on Facebook or Twitter and we'll check it out and add it to our list. As always, bottoms up!
Cosdall Station Pub: With Real Ale, microbrews, and food hot off the grill, the Codsall Station Pub has earned such a great reputation that visitors joke about getting off the train when they're travelling past to stay for a round or two before continuing on their journey! The pub is noted for having a welcoming staff, a great selection of beverages and a cosy atmosphere, making it an ideal place to sit and wait for the train... or maybe the next one.
Edinburgh Waverley Station:
The Jinglin' Geordie: Tucked away in the Fleshmarket Close, the Jinglin' Geordie is sure to entertain. With open mic nights on Thursdays and karaoke on the last Saturday of every month, you can have a foot-stomping, belly-laughing time as you sip your ale and wait for your departure time to arrive.
Euston Tap: The Euston Tap boasts 8 rotating cask ales, 20 keg beers, 150 bottled beers, and a selection of wine and spirits that you can enjoy in the pub or in their beer garden. On top of all that, it's also home to London's only dedicated cider bar with a selection of sparkling, still and mulled ciders available. Some are available from the tap, some are bottled, and all of them are bound to be delicious!
The Head of Steam: This is a mighty fine pub located in the Grade 1 listed main building at Huddersfield Station. The pub is home to four large rooms with their own charms and clientele: The Family Room is red and decorated with train memorabilia and comfortable seating, The Lounge hosts great live music, The Bar has a younger clientele and is decorated with antique advertisements, and The Buffet is home to a museum as well as the main bar. As for the drinks, the pub has a rotating selection of real ales and ciders that are sure to please any traveller. We highly recommend this pub and are confident it will certainly not disappoint!
The Brewery Tap: Located near Leeds Station, The Brewery Tap serves a selection of beers brewed on-site as well as a wide array of Yorkshire Ales. In the three years it's been open, it has established a loyal clientele and a name for itself as the Leading Premium Brew-Pub in Leeds.
London King's Cross:
The Parcel Yard: This modern, light-filled pub used to be the parcel office for King's Cross Station but is now a terrific (and beautiful) place for travellers to enjoy delicious food and a vast array of drinks. Not only is it a convenient venue to keep an eye on the train schedule, it also has WIFI and a stunning view of the platforms to ensure you never miss a beat. Food is served from 8:00-23:00 Monday-Saturday (and 9:00-22:30 on Sunday), making it a welcoming rest stop any day of the week.
Manningtree Station Buffet: Located near the entrance of Manningtree Station, the Manningtree Station Buffet is a terrific pub to enjoy a drink in whether you're embarking on a journey or returning home a little weary. This intimate pub serves real ale, a cracking breakfast, and simple nibbles– and it's all at a great price. Keep in mind, however, that they don't announce the train arrivals in the pub, so be sure to keep your eye on the time if you don't want to miss your train!
The Centurion Bar: Tucked inside Newcastle's Central Station, The Centurion Bar is home to two homey bars, The Grand Room Bar and the quieter Snug Bar. Servicing a selection of Cask Real Ales, draft bitters, lagers and a portfolio of beers from around the world, we're happy to while away the hours at The Centurion.
Little Brown Jug: This welcoming country pub is ideal for a Sunday lunch or evening out with friends. Its large lawn makes it an ideal spot for summer sipping and its spacious rooms fill for a cosy atmosphere come the cooler months. With an array of seasonal events and live music nights, the pub is always a lively place to enjoy a pint or two before crossing the road to hop the last train home.
The Three Guineas: Found right beside Reading Station, this newly renovated pub isn't just a great place to grab a beer and a bite, it's also a great place to catch a match! Boasting one jumbo screen and 8 HD screens, it's the perfect place to catch-up on your sport before catching the train.
Sheffield Tap. Located at Sheffield Station with access off Platform 1b or off Sheaf Street, this beautiful pub is an ideal place to sip a real ale and watch the trains go by. With 11 traditional cask handpulls, 12 continental swing-handled taps and a selection of over 200 bottled beers to choose from, it's definitely a destination pub for the serious connoisseur as much as it's a place to drink a quick one before catching the train.
The Betjeman Arms: Let this pub see you off to Paris and welcome you home when you return. The bar hosts an array of events– like seasonal ale and cider festivals– and it always has something new on tap, so be sure to stop in and find out what's happening (whilst you sip a pint, of course!) the next time you're near St. Pancras.
Booking Office Bar & Restaurant: Perhaps this one is more of a bar than a pub, but the grandeur of the building and modern ambiance make it a great place to belly up to the bar for a drink or two. Serving season cocktails, punches and brews until 3:00 AM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, it's a great place to spend a few hours... especially if you miss that last train home!
Stalybridge Buffet Bar: This Victorian station buffet bar dates back to 1885. Not only is it renowned for its original fixtures and adorned detailing, it's beloved as a terrific place to enjoy a drink and a plate of delicious, homemade food.
The Great Western: Known amongst its fans as a "true, proper pub", The Great Western embraces its easy proximity to Wolverhampton station with a collection of train paraphernalia throughout. Their welcoming staff and selection of ales are sure to please and have made it a true destination pub amongst serious imbibers!
York Tap: Conveniently located in York Station, York Tap offers 32 of the world's finest craft beers, ales and ciders. The bar maintains a welcoming, old-world charm and is open late throughout the week, making it an ideal place to sip a pint and relax both before and after your train journey.
York Brewery: Just a few paces from York Station, York Brewery is a great place to sample the brewery's range of award-winning ale and take a look behind the scenes at how it's made. If an actual tour seems a bit much for you, stop in the Brewery Tap Room for a pint of one of their many ales.