England > Greater Manchester > Stalybridge
Theydon_Bois (372) The íSham, England | March 12, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a Sunday afternoon, taking advantage of a change of trains on a trip across the pennines.
Service was fine on my visit as I told the lady behind the bar I had little over 20 minutes and wanted 2 pints so she was ready and waiting for me on my 2nd !
Well kept cask, fairly local choices.
Place was quiet as it had not long opened on a Sunday morning.
Great if you are passing through or changing trains, and even worth dropping off onto the next train in an hours time, but I personally wouldnít be trekking out of Manchester to get to the buffet!
sic1314 (229) Leiden, Netherlands | March 9, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful old time bar with a decent selection and friendly atmosphere. No black peas this time though!!
wimpyjoe (564) Manchester, England | November 10, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
If Stalybridge isnít on your list of places to visit, any rail, real ale or historic pubs enthusiast should at least step off the train and spend some time at the station as this is a superb historic buffet bar still in use serving a good range of real ales. Thereí a conservatory extension if you donít want to sit in and sup in the bar area or one of the waiting rooms adorned with old railway memorabilia on the walls. Itís a place full of historic atmosphere and a perfect halfway house if you are heading into Manchester by the railway.
AleManTom (10) Chapel en le Frith, England | August 21, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This was the last ale house on the Trans Pennine Ale Trail and despite being rather small found it to be friendly and have an ok selection of beers, I can only remember getting to see 3 hand-pulls as locals stood in front of the others! The beer was fairly cheap at good Northern prices and service was decent. Well worth a visit.
DanielBrown (210) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 25, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really good place. Vintage interior with lots of charming local features. About 8 handpulls, with some local micros and some popular Belgian bottles. The location is perfect, with amazing views of the pennines, from your seats on the station platform.
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | October 16, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
An excellent place to enjoy a few beers and watch the world go by. Itís often quite amusing to see the envious looks on the faces of passengers on the trains travelling through as you sup your pint when the only beer choice they have is cans of non descript lager that the refreshments trolley vends as extortionate prices! As Gazza states in his review the only real drawback here can be the service as the place is only small and tends to get busy rather quickly and you find the locals are sometimes catered for ahead of others.
Gazza (160) Worcester, England | September 6, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A place that divides opinions; it has stood in itís present form for years and has enjoyed various phases of scoopability. Sylvia has run it since the mid 90s, and alongside the boring standard beers there are 4 or more guests, usually new and/or rare with a "forthcoming" board posted on the door to the conservatory. Occasional fests are held albeit not with the same enthusiasm or number of beers as they used to be in itís heyday. The main gripe I hear about the "Buffet" seems to be the unwelcoming atmosphere and bad service, which IMO sometimes cannot be denied, although it depends on the barstaff and circumstances and itís still an essential stop if youíre in the Manchester area. Tends to favour beers from local breweries with some from further away nowadays, but still plenty of new beers.
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