Hassrale Trips - London Termini

Date: Saturday 18th February 1989

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The original intention of this trip was to visit a bar in every BR terminus in London. Therefore for the purpose of this trip through stations were ignored. Some stations were crossed off because either there was no real ale available or the bar was closed.

Times of leaving the stations are in [-]

Hassrale (or should it be HASSRAIL?) will be meeting at 11:00am in:

1. The York Tavern - Kings Cross Station [12:00]

This bar is situated on platform 8 thus enabling one to sample Arkells, Bass or Tetleys whilst admiring the form of an IC125.

From here it is a short walk to:

2. St Pancras Station [12:50]

Unfortunately on the trial run this bar was temporarily closed because of anticipated trouble from football fans. It did appear to serve real ale though and the architectural merits of this station warrant a closer inspection.

From here it is a 10 minute walk to:

3. Upstairs Bar - Euston Station [13:50]

The entrance to this bar is not immediately obvious but it is placed directly underneath the sign "Upstairs Bar". If that sounds rather contradictory all will become clearer when you try to find it! Having found it you have a choice of Arkells, Bass or Ruddles County.

From here we travel by tube to our next destination. Catch the Victoria line to Oxford Circus and then the Bakerloo to Marylebone.

4. Marylebone Station [15:00]

A much loved and oft visited bar and quite simply the most superb station bar for yards around. At the time of our visit there was only Yorkshire and Arkells available but there is usually a wider range of beers on offer.

Back to the tube and catch the Bakerloo to:

5. Knights and Heralds - Paddington Station [16:00]

A typical station bar serving Ruddles County, Bass and Arkells. Try the doorstep sandwiches!

To the tube and take the District/Circle line to:

6. The Greene King Cask Bar - Victoria Station [17:10]

A hidden gem! You reach this bar by heading for the new shopping area, Victoria Place. Go up the two escalators to the second level and over to the left is this bar which overlooks the concourse of the station. It does a nice selection of food although there are numerous food outlets on the same floor.

The following beers are on offer - Greene King Abbot, IPA and Winter Ale, and Rayments BBA.

To the tube again and take the Victoria line to Green park and then the Jubilee line to:

7. Kent Connection - Charing Cross Station [18:20]

A small bar serving Arkells and Bass.

From here, for the last leg of our journey, we walk over Hungerford Bridge to:

8. Trips Bar - Waterloo Station

Well known to some Hassrale members this bar is situated over the cafe and serves Bass and Ruddles County. Well by now you should be able to confirm whether a certain member was correct when he called this the terminal trip!

Trial Date: 28th January 1989

Present: Geoff Wilson and Reg Wright

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