To mark National Cask Ale Week (Thursday 21 September – Sunday 1 October) Northern is raising a glass to the best pubs on its network.
The train operator has released a list of the best places to enjoy a pint at the start or end of your journey across the North of England.
Track and Sleeper, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Head to platform two for this small but perfectly formed bar, operated by craft beer brewers, The Gorilla Brothers, who transformed the formerly derelict storage rooms into a now popular micropub – winning a heritage award in the process.
The Rat Race, Hartlepool, County Durham
This quirky pub has opening hours that align with train timetables (currently opening at 12.02 exactly) and offers four changing beers and two ciders.
The Snug, Carnforth, Lancashire
Snug by name and nature, this cosy micropub has a frequent rotation of drinks that sees them bring in a variety of beers from Manchester, Cumbria, Liverpool and further afield.
The Tap, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
You’ll be spoilt for choice at The Tap, which boasts an extensive selection of beer with 12 traditional cask hand-pulls and 15 more modern kegs. Not to mention bottles and cans from microbreweries and larger, more established breweries the world over.
The premises are located within the only remaining part of the original 1862 train station building and make for an amazing atmosphere.
The Mallard Inn, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Formerly the Worksop station buffet, the pub offers a warm welcome as well as four changing real ales as well as a selection of foreign bottled beers, country fruit wines and specialist gins.
The Mallard was the winner of the Nottinghamshire CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2015 and has received numerous awards from North Notts CAMRA – so you know you’re in good hands here.
The Ticket Office, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
With its chandeliers, dark wood ceiling and stylish decor, this bar and restaurant is a destination not to be missed. There is a small but perfectly formed list of cask and craft ales to enjoy in this wonderful setting.
Victoria Tap, Manchester Victoria, Greater Manchester
Due to open next month, Victoria Tap will showcase a range of beers and lagers from local and international breweries. It will also feature an ‘all-weather’ beer garden and is the second pub at the station alongside The Beer House.
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