An endless shopping list of the best beers

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There has been something of a quiet and slow change taking place in railway stations around Yorkshire.

Remember the old station buffets, the slightly grubby bars filled with their transitory customers waiting for trains or arriving from unknown destinations? At York station, and a few others choice locations (Leeds, Sheffield, Harrogate) they have gone. In their place, say hello to the revolution of proper pubs with craft beers, respectable wines, food and a lively atmosphere.

At the award-winning York Tap adjacent to the station concourse, the intricate 1920’s stained glass, ornate ceiling and the terrazzo floor were, uncovered and restored in the restoration of the former station tea rooms. There is elegant, highly polished dark wood, circular bar dominating the room that is home to a staggering number of the cask, keg and bottled beers on offer here.

The list resembles an endless shopping list of the best beers, but this comes as no surprise as the York Tap belongs to the famous York bar Pivni.

Food is rudimentary with sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls and the like, but good for soaking up fine ales.

There is still an air of transition; this is after all a railway station, but it is far from the gloomy aspect of yore. There is a lively atmosphere and the Tap is now a perfect meeting place when arriving in York, and what a place to stop off for a swift one before boarding the train.

About The Author

Following a successful career as a chef and restaurateur, Yorkshire's Elaine Lemm is a highly respected food and drink writer and recently voted one of the top 50 in the UK. Elaine is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and author of three books,The Great Book of Yorkshire Pudding, The Great Book of Rhubarb and The Great Book of Tea.

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