The best, bar none

IT HAS remained a constant at one of the country’s major rail interchanges for more than a century, and is proof that the great British pub is alive and well.

Sir William McAlpine enjoys a pint under one of the feature domed windows in the pub. Picture by Gerard Binks

The former Victorian tearooms at York station were transformed into a real ale pub, bucking the national trend for bar closures, and the project has now been honoured with a National Railway Heritage Award.

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The building previously housed the York Model Railway before Pivovar restored the Grade II listed premises two years ago to open the York Tap, which now features 32 draught beers.

The company also runs a bar in York city centre and pubs in Sheffield and at Euston station in London. The Railway Heritage Trust’s chairman, Sir William McAlpine, above, unveiled a plaque for the best conservation of a listed building. 
Picture: Gerard Binks.