STALYBRIDGE Station’s award-winning buffet bar has another accolade after being named in the top 10 railway refreshment stops in the world.
The Guardian recently compiled a list of the leading watering stops at stations and Stalybridge emerged on the shortlist.
“It is absolutely outstanding and a great achievement,” explained licensee Caroline Barnes.
“We are very, very proud to get this honour.”
The reviewer wrote: “On my way back from taking part in the Manchester Marathon, we popped into this delightful, welcoming pub on Stalybridge station.
“It’s beautiful, with original Victorian features, such as the marble-topped bar and ornate ceiling.
“The ales are fantastic but I first tried a grapefruit cider that proved a refreshing pick-me-up for a weary runner.
“There are also lovely pies. It’s a great, quirky, place.”
Joining Stalybridge on the list are the Royal Hotel, Hull; Treno Sto Rouf, Athens; Kyoto, Japan; Shimla, India; Augsburg, Germany; Parchal, Portugal; Atocha, Madrid; Maglie, Italy; Brasov, Romania.
Stalybridge buffet bar, a licenced premise since 1888, is no stranger to success having twice been named Tameside’s pub of the year and also landing a Greater Manchester Food and Drink Award.
It hosts folk jamming sessions each Tuesday, folk on a Saturday night, quiz nights along with meet the breweries and steamie movie nights.
A recent visitor was former Government minister Michael Portillo who was filming for his BBC television rail series.
Other visitors have included Dan Cruickshank, James May, Oz Clarke and the Hairy Bikers.
The buffet bar hosts a beer festival on June 29, 30 and July 1 in collaboration with the Manchester Beer Walk.
There will be a lot of ales from Manchester as well as local breweries.
Six keg lines will be outside along with eight indoors along 10 hand pulls.