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Real ale heaven

I am an irregular client as it is a 15 mile drive, but if you want an excellent choice of real ales... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Hugh B
Sedgefield, United Kingdom
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Great Micro-Pub

This venue does exactly what it says on the can! If you want great beer in friendly surroundings... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Ventnor, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Railway Station, Hartlepool, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Called in for a pint, found barman abrupt and sarcastic. Had been intending to have a pint so just had a half instead. Restricted opening hours don't help. Won't be back.

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

I am an irregular client as it is a 15 mile drive, but if you want an excellent choice of real ales and ciders this is the place to come. It is a small micro pub on the railway station and has 3 ales, a...More

Thank Hugh B
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This venue does exactly what it says on the can! If you want great beer in friendly surroundings then this is the place for you. Don't expect to be fussed over or ask for lager, alchy-pops, juke-box, television, etc etc. The people who frequent this...More

Thank iantoshedelvin
Reviewed 4 June 2018

To be fair, I'd already read about the grumpy landlord but it is very tongue in cheek and he is really quite nice - just don't ask for lager!

1  Thank Cherry H
Reviewed 22 April 2018

The list of "We Don't Do" is well documented and sets the tone for the Rat Race. I have been to the pub on a number of occasions and I must say the sheer simplicity of the pub is brilliant in that within seconds of...More

1  Thank WhiteVan
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

I called in here to this so called real ale pub , the barman had the most unpleasant attitude, why people who like decent beer would drink here is beyond me. If in Hartlepool if you want a decent pint go to Wetherspoons there are...More

2  Thank Peter L
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Would you like me to tell you about the great ale? The warm and friendly nature of the clientele? I wish I could! I entered this REAL, real ale house on the hottest day of the year in the hope of finding a refreshing half...More

1  Thank singap0re47
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This place is a real gem especially if you love real ale. Always 4 different ales to choose from & 2 ciders. These change all the time but are always fresh & delicious. The wine is always drinkable & great value. The best thing though...More

Thank Neil H
Reviewed 19 November 2017

First chance to revisit in 8 years and last visit was shortly after this place opened. Nothing changed and no surprises, it worked then and works superbly now. Great beers, go enjoy.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

As a seasoned beer drinker, I went in with friends and asked for a specific type of beer, I was directed to the backboard as the owner couldn’t be bothered to discuss the beer on offer, when I asked for advice, he got really short...More

Thank Steve K
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