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The Buffer Stops

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Open today: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Very pleasant, all too brief, first visit

Wife and I spent the day on East Lancashire Railway and paid our first visit to the Buffer Stops... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bury, United Kingdom
Real ale

Excellent selection of real ale nice atmosphere good company. Had a great night hear good outside... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eamon M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Sited at Rawtenstall Station, Buffer Stops is a cosy bar that offers an award-winning selection of ales, ciders, lagers, continental beers and bar snacks.
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Bury Road | Rawtenstall Station, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 6AG, England
+44 161 764 7790
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wife and I spent the day on East Lancashire Railway and paid our first visit to the Buffer Stops. It is a lovely place with a very good selection for f reasonably priced ales. Service was very good and very friendly. Will definitely return for...More

Thank johnbury01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent selection of real ale nice atmosphere good company. Had a great night hear good outside seating area disabled friendly. We had a great time hear will visit again.

Thank Eamon M
Reviewed 2 August 2018

To enjoy a beer on a preserved railway platform is a lovely atmospheric experience. Beer here is well kept.. Staff are knowledgeable.

Thank joseph850
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

We visit here quite regular through the summer months generally after the cricket has finished. We’ve noticed lately that the service is particularly very slow and they are forever running out of stock. The overall hygiene of the establishment has fallen considerably which includes the...More

Thank Donna O
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Situated at the end of the East Lancs railway this bar has a good range of ales and an outdoor seating area on the platform, perfect for a summer evening.

Thank Lee J
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Went there yesterday queing out the door lovely selection beers etc Loads seats benches on platform what a great sun trap a must if it’s sunny for sure

Thank Harry277
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

At a busy weekend the queue was out of the door. During the time we were there 2 male barman worked consistently hard even when one was on his own whilst the other collected much needed glasses. The female had a trip to Tesco to...More

1  Thank jennifer5326
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

What a great idea for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Sitting watching steam trains coming and going whilst having a pint (or half) of real ale. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere great....dogs children and muddy walking boots welcome.

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Always a great spot to for a good pint with a relaxed and fun environment. Really makes the most of the steam railway with great events throughout the year.

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Rawtenstall station is a brand new structure built to serve the East Lancs Railway, and the Buffer Stops bar is a former waiting room pressed into use as a bar with the stock kept in an old railway wagon outside the door. It is part...More

Thank TBirdFrank
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