7 train station bars worth a visit

If you’re waiting for a train, here are the best and most unusual bars and pubs to while away the time in.

Instead of sitting in a cramped waiting room or standing on a cold platform while you’re waiting for a train, why not enjoy a nice beer or glass of wine in one of the many great bars and pubs at UK stations?

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Here are a few you might be lucky enough to have to catch a train from:

1. Centurion Bar, Newcastle Central Station


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Built in 1893, this Grade I listed building was once the elegant refreshment rooms for first class rail passengers, but after eventually being used as cells by the British Transport Police it was left derelict.

However, the building was restored in 2000 and is now an opulent bar and, quite literally, a work of art as it still boasts floor-to-ceiling original multi-million pound Victorian tiling, as well as a 14ft square mural and 20ft-high columns.

2. West Riding Refreshment Rooms, Dewsbury Railway Station, West Yorkshire

Platform Two of this Grade II listed station boasts converted waiting rooms selling both English ales and bottled craft beers.

Part of the Transpennine Rail Ale Trail, trains stop right outside the three-room pub, which has quirky signs and pictures adorning the walls.

3. Signal Box Inn, Cleethorpes Light Railway, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire


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Claiming to be the smallest pub in the world, the Signal Box can only fit six customers at a time in its 8ft x 8ft premises, which was originally a signal box in Scunthorpe.

It was moved to its current location and eventually opened as a pub in 2006. It serves real ale and has a beer garden, and is a popular tourist attraction.

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4. The Mallard, Dingwall Station, Inverness, Scotland

A busy traditional pub right on the platform at Dingwall Station, and popular with football fans as it’s just a stone’s throw away from Ross County football ground.

5. Searcys Champagne Bar, St Pancras Station, London


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Located on the Grand Terrace at St Pancras Station, Searcys boasts the title of Europe's longest Champagne Bar.

The magnificent location offers views of the entire station, showcasing the impressive wrought iron and glass ceiling overhead.

There’s seating for 110 people in the 98m space, with plenty of standing room lit by Art Deco lamps.

The bar features a ‘Press for Champagne’ button and table service, plus blankets, fan heaters and heated leather seats to ward off the cold.

6. Steamhouse, Urmston Station, Greater Manchester

A free house and restaurant offering home-cooked food, located in the original (1872) railway station building which was restored in 2006 after years of neglect.

There are large open fires in an open main bar and separate side rooms created from the former Victorian ticket office.

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7. Sheffield Tap, Platform 1b, Sheffield Station, South Yorkshire

A listed Edwardian railway station refreshment room that was abandoned for many years until it was elegantly restored in 2009.

The Tap features a long mahogany bar and leather chairs and offers cask ales and beers from the in-house brewery, Tapped.

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