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Rail ale

To enjoy a beer on a preserved railway platform is a lovely atmospheric experience. Beer here is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
Great place

Situated at the end of the East Lancs railway this bar has a good range of ales and an outdoor... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lee J
Rossendale, United Kingdom
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Sited at Rawtenstall Station, Buffer Stops is a cosy bar that offers an award-winning selection of ales, ciders, lagers, continental beers and bar snacks.
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Bury Road | Rawtenstall Station, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 6AG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To enjoy a beer on a preserved railway platform is a lovely atmospheric experience. Beer here is well kept.. Staff are knowledgeable.

Thank joseph850
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visit here quite regular through the summer months generally after the cricket has finished. We’ve noticed lately that the service is particularly very slow and they are forever running out of stock. The overall hygiene of the establishment has fallen considerably which includes the...More

Thank Donna O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Situated at the end of the East Lancs railway this bar has a good range of ales and an outdoor seating area on the platform, perfect for a summer evening.

Thank Lee J
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Went there yesterday queing out the door lovely selection beers etc Loads seats benches on platform what a great sun trap a must if it’s sunny for sure

Thank Harry277
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

At a busy weekend the queue was out of the door. During the time we were there 2 male barman worked consistently hard even when one was on his own whilst the other collected much needed glasses. The female had a trip to Tesco to...More

1  Thank jennifer5326
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

What a great idea for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Sitting watching steam trains coming and going whilst having a pint (or half) of real ale. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere great....dogs children and muddy walking boots welcome.

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

Always a great spot to for a good pint with a relaxed and fun environment. Really makes the most of the steam railway with great events throughout the year.

Thank Mark R
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Rawtenstall station is a brand new structure built to serve the East Lancs Railway, and the Buffer Stops bar is a former waiting room pressed into use as a bar with the stock kept in an old railway wagon outside the door. It is part...More

Thank TBirdFrank
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

Great little find. Good range of ales and even our cider and lager drinking friends were well catered for. Couple in the party were even happier when a steam loco arrived in the middle of our visit. If you like old trains or good beer...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Sitting at the head of the East Lancashire Steam Railway this pub utilises the waiting rooms at the station, the bookin* hall and on a good day plenty of outside seating on the platforms. Drop in and you will see a mixed bag of clientele...More

Thank Steve H
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