Stalybridge Buffet Bar

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (1183) , England | June 26, 2016
Visited on 25th June 2016. Handily placed on the Huddersfield bound platform at the Manchester end this is a great conversion and has been going for years and is a favourite stop of mine. Itís got 4 rooms in a long row, all well decorated with plenty of railway memorabilia on the walls. I landed during an American beer festival so tent set up outside with an extra bar. Good range of local beers on cask and now keg and a decent bottle list. Food looked good and looked good value although I didnít eat. Beer prices were good, staff friendly and beer well looked after. With the Pennine Ale Trail being popular you need to on your toes to get in and served as large groups arrive with the trains on a Saturday especially. Service wasnít a problem but it does slow things down. A recommended venue.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (1019) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | March 12, 2013
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!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
sic1314  (476) Leiden, Netherlands | March 9, 2013
Wonderful old time bar with a decent selection and friendly atmosphere. No black peas this time though!!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ManVsBeer  (1768) Hebden Bridge, England | November 10, 2012| Updated July 1, 2014
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. Thereís 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
AleManTom  (10) Chapel en le Frith, England | August 21, 2011
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown  (325) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | April 25, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch  (83) Northwich, England | October 16, 2006
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Gazza  (164) Worcester, England | September 6, 2006
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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