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Sipping in the summer: Britain’s best beer festivals

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Ah, the glorious British summer. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to another year of dependably excellent weather, a total lack of hosepipe bans and the chance to cool off after a warm day with a pint or two of golden ale… Continue reading →

On the Rail Ale Trail: best pubs on platforms

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That sinking feeling when you’ve just missed your train melts away once you’ve had your first sip of truly great ale at the station. Having hours between connections doesn’t seem quite as tedious when there’s a decent pub around.

While many stations do have bog standard, soulless pubs, there are plenty others which are full of character and serve a great range of beers and ciders. They’re so good that they’ve become destinations in themselves, with dedicated ale fans turning visiting the station pubs into an art form on their so-called Rail Ale Trails.

While we wouldn’t want to encourage anyone to drink more than they can handle, we do want to celebrate thriving independent pubs selling quality beer, especially with so many pubs closing every year.

Keep reading for our pick of the best platform pubs and let our map be your guide…

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Wet Your Whistle on December’s Rail Ale Trail

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Get ready for the festivities by sampling the best ales, ciders and perries around on December’s Rail Ale Trail. You might find the perfect present for the ale-lover in your life or it might be a great chance to find the ideal drink to have with Christmas dinner. Either way, you’ll be able to chase any winter blues away at the best ale events over the festive period.

Save some cash for those all-important Christmas celebrations by booking cheap train tickets before you go and read on to see what treats are in store this December and what to look forward to in January…

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Wet Your Whistle on November’s Rail Ale Trail

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Chase the chills away with a cosy train trip to check out some of the UK’s best ale festivals. With plenty of quality brews on offer across the country, you’ll discover many excellent ales, ciders and perries perfect for wetting your whistle.

Save money on your excursion and find cheap train tickets with the help of our journey planner – you’ll have more cash left over to sample some of the best ales around. Bundle up and get your November Rail Ale Trail started…
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Wet Your Whistle on the Oktoberfest Rail Ale Trail

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There are few better times to be a beer fan than during Oktoberfest (22 September – 7 October 2012). But while our Bavarian cousins might be calling last orders on 7 October, you can still sample a huge range of fine ales and beers and take part in Oktoberfest celebrations all month-long in the UK, all while raising your glass to this traditional German beer festival.

Just check redspotedhanky.com for cheap train tickets before you hop on board the Oktoberfest Rail Ale Trail. And read on to find out more about our top 3 Oktoberfest celebrations for you to enjoy …
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Wet Your Whistle on September’s Rail Ale Trail

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Put some spring into your step this September by setting aside some time to sample quality brews at some of the UK’s best ale festivals. Discover many excellent ales, ciders and perries and use our journey planner to find cheap train tickets before you set off so you have more to spend on samples and souvenirs.

Read on to find out more about September’s Rail Ale Trail …
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Wet Your Whistle on August’s Rail Ale Trail

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Recover from this summer’s excitement with some quality brews at some of the UK’s best ale festivals. Check our journey planner before you set off to save money better spent on sampling some fine ales and ciders.

Read on to find out more about August’s Rail Ale Trail …

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Wet Your Whistle on July’s Rail Ale Trail

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Take the train to July’s beer festivals and you’ll be covered whether the sun’s streaming or the rain’s falling. Just check for cheap train tickets before you go and you could save money to spend on your entrance fee or a few special ciders or ales to take home with you.

Read on to find out more about July’s Rail Ale Trail …

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Wet Your Whistle on June’s Rail Ale Trail

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Start the summer off in style by sampling some of the best brews about at this month’s beer festivals – and don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel.

Just read on to find out more about June’s Rail Ale Trail…

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Wet Your Whistle on May’s Rail Ale Trail

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Take the train to May’s beer festivals and you can sample as many ales and ciders as you like, without needing to worry about how to get home again. And, if you check our journey planner before you travel, you could save enough money to cover your entrance fee too.

Read on to find out more about May’s Rail Ale Trail …

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