“ Address: Porthmadog / LL49 9HT / Wales „
While waiting to go on a trip on the steam train in Porthmadog we realised we had an hour to kill so popped over the road to the aptly named Pub on the Platform for a bite to eat.
Unfortunately when we got there we were told they don't actually serve food but decided to take advantage of their pretty little beer garden with a glass of pop and a packet of crisps for my sister's grandsons.
The pub is located right on the platform of Porthmadog main train station, which certainly gives this pub the novelty factor - especially with two young boys in two as they were most impressed at being able to watch the trains coming into the station as we sat in the sun.
The bar looked to be well stocked, although we were sticking to soft drinks I noticed there was a wide selection of lager and ciders available. There were also a couple of real ales advertised on the bar which should keep the older clietele happy!
The choice of wine isn't as good as it could have been, although to be honest this isn't the type of pub where you would expect to find a massive or particularly exciting wine menu.
There is a very good selection of soft drinks and basic bar snacks with prices being surprisingly reasonable considering the pubs very good location. We all drank Pepsi and had a bag of crisps from the good range behind the bar, our drinks were served at the correct temperature (ie. cold!) and in clean glasses.
The Pub on the Platform sells jars of cockles which is unheard of in most pubs these days, we treated the boys to a jar each as they love them and they were priced much cheaper than those you buy in the supermarket or chippy.
The atmosphere in the Pub on the Platform is good, a nice mix of young people and older groups. They have a large TV in the bar where they were showing football at the time of our visit, I personally found the interior to be rather cramped but that is not really the fault of the pub as they are making the most of the minimal space in this small building.
The tables inside are rather small which isn't really a problem considering the pub doesn't serve plated food, but personally I would have preferred more elbow room while sitting down.
The beer garden is quite small too, although they have placed a few full sized beer garden tables outside. It's an attractive grassy area with plants and flowers brightening the area up, unfortunately there is little room for children to play but there is a small free area where they could mess around for a while.
I'd recommend the Pub on the Platform (also known as Station Inn) to anyone who wants a quick drink in pleasant traditional surroundings, it was nice in a way to find a pub that hasn't caved into the pressure to turn itself into a restaurant and I enjoyed the hour we spent in this lovely little boozer.
Located at the railway station, and is also known as The Pub on the Platform.