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Rat Race Ale House, Hartlepool - pub details

Rat Race Ale House

Address: Station Approach, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS24 7ED [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Hartlepool (0.1 miles), Seaton Carew (2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.9/10 (rated by 14 users)
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Excellent choice of beers and real quality. Either you like micropubs or you don't. If you do, this is one of the best.
hollybush33 - 3 May 2022 14:12
Tiny pub. Two pale beers, an ipa and a porter on and in stunning condition. Arguably some of the best beer I've had in a very long time. Was staying in the town for work and had to go back every night.
stokie_Spaceman - 26 Apr 2018 22:44
This former newsagents on the station is an absolute gem and was the one place I wanted to visit while in Hartlepool.

7 of us arrived here just before 6.30pm and it was already busy. All drinks served by their number from the large blackboard which all the locals adhere to and then the drinks are brought directly to your seat by the owner and he's wife, cracking service but not always with a smile!

3 ales, 1 cider & 1 Perry on cask, alongside a reasonable sized range of Belgian bottled ales. My choice was Mordue Amber Ale, a cracking beer with good flavours and colour and a nice session beer @ 4.3%.

This place has won many awards since it opened and I can see why, they have served almost 1200 different ales by the time of my visit, with at least 2 new ales added during the 90 minutes we spent here.

No lager, spirits or alcopops sold, there’s plenty of signs dotted about warning people of this.

The locals are very friendly and we chatted & had decent banter with them, we were even recommended a curry house for dinner, that proved to be excellent.

Easily the best place to drink in Hartlepool, the location couldn’t be better as it’s right on the station however I would just warn you to check the opening times as they are around the train, closed on Sunday and Monday.

lezford - 11 Apr 2016 10:48
Small room with limited opening hours (16:02 to 20:15 on a Wednesday evening). No bar as such your place your order with the bloke by the back door (or he comes round). Room for not much more than a dozen people. Good selection of ales on though can be a bit too cosy.You'll either get on or go elsewhere.
anonymous - 30 Mar 2014 17:59
This pub proves you don't need music or TV just good beer and good crac.
hartlepool - 17 Mar 2013 11:43

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