Fin (1171) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 7, 2017
We headed here after the Clarence on Silver Street, in fact it was closer than I thought just 3-4 mins walk away, just turn left at the end of Silver Street walk straight on and drop down to the Trackside and station before which is located on the left just before you would otherwise crossing the Railway Bridge. We visited here on Friday 31st March 2017, the we being me, Dad & Barry.
Trackside as the name suggest sits on the platform alongside the East Lancs’ Railway and for anyone with even the remotest interest in trains (particularly old steam or diesels) and if that passion is combined with real ale (they often go hand in hand) then this is definitely for you. The pub/bar is one of the old brick platform buildings, it is quite a long one roomed affair (I think that the toilets might be back out on the platform) it has good access for all and is quite a bright building with quite a bit of natural light. An original tiled floor, cream walls and wooden ceiling complete the picture of what is a relatively straightforward and simple place with the bar being at one end.
This place is more cask focused but that said there was a handful of keg offerings. The choice of beers consisted of the likes of Coastal, Track, Bradfield, Oakham and Weetwood and whilst what we had were fine one that dad had a taster of was clearly past its best, I tried it as well and it was vinegary, Dad pointed this out to the barlady, her response was ’well there is plenty in the cask’ as if a full cask indicated that it couldn’t possibly be off. It was quite a pleasant stop made a little more interesting when and old but immaculate 1961 Diesel Engine (it was a shunter type thing?) pulled a load of classic carriages into the station.
On the platform of Bury Bolton Street station, only used by the heritage East Lancashire Railway nowadays, this pub has no shortage of customers even if the only people waiting for trains here nowadays are tourists. The draw is of course the superb real ale selection on 10 hand pumps either side of some bland keg lagers in the middle. There’s a few bottles available too, but only a few well known ones from Germany and Belgium. Most of the ales rotate with Outstanding Brewery providing the house ale. The single room is almost certainly the buffet bar of yesteryear and has a central walkway with wooden tables and chairs either side on a tiled floor. There’s plenty of windows here so it’s very bright and airy with one side looking out onto the platform and the other onto the car park. The ‘V’ shaped roof has all the previous ale clips neatly attached in rows and coloums and there’s hundreds of them. Brightside brewery have also produced an enlarged pump clip picture of their beer ‘The Inn Crowd’ for one window - as I was looking at the three figures in the photo I realised that the single person sat at the bar was the same person in the picture, in the same place wearing the same coat - one of those double-take moments in life!!!
Visited in July. A one roomed pub on Bolton St station in Bury.
Serves an excellent range of micros from across the land. Usually have a couple of local beers on.
Place is very popular with locals and those using the East Lancs Railway.
Beer range changes regularly too. Always a couple of dark beers. Piston Broke is house beer supplied by Outstanding.
Located on the platform of the East Lancs Railway station, Bury, this very busy bar features up to ten cask ales to choose from. Local breweries regularly feature, including Bury's own Outstanding, who provide 'Piston Broke' exclusively for this bar.
Excellent pub on the site of the East Lancashire Railway station. Steam trains still run here and it’s one hell of a site to see these beauties pull out of the station. Child friendly up until around 6-7 p.m. which is a rarity. Occasional theme days so it’s worth checking what’s on (Saturdays, usually). Excellent range of real ales - always something for all tastes. Food is nothing special but, again, good for kids.
Went here during the gap between sessions at the Bury Beer Festival up at the Metroplitan Centre. I think nearly everyone from the festival had the same plan so that it was packed liked sardines when I arrived but the beer range and quality still made it worth the visit. For nostalgia fans this is situated on the platform of a preserved railway which helps to create a great drinking atmosphere.