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Rat Race Ale House

(also known as Rat)

Station Approach, Hartlepool Railway Station
TS24 7ED

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Opening Times


TuesdayNoon - 2.15 pm
4.00 pm - 20.14
WednesdayNoon - 2.15 pm
4.00 pm - 20.14
ThursdayNoon - 2.15 pm
4.00 pm - 20.14
FridayNoon - 2.15 pm
4.00 pm - 20.14
SaturdayNoon - 9.00 pm

About the Pub

Of all the micro pubs that now exist in the UK, this was the second to open, (after the Butcher's Arms, Herne, Kent). Landlord Peter opted to leave the 'rat race' himself, making use of this one-time newsagent's shop, with access from both the railway station platform and the station approach. Four changing beers and two real ciders are kept in a cool room from where the customers, (max 20 seated), are served direct to their table by the landlord himself. Popular with locals and County Durham real ale lovers, (the bus station is adjacent), the Rat Race is also visited by London imbibers, who take a day trip on the 3 hour Grand Central direct train service from Kings Cross. Not surprisingly, the pub has won many CAMRA awards during it`s existence, with its latest accolade being Local CAMRA branch 2020 Cider Pub of the Year. Since opening in 2009 more than 1900 beers, sourced from over 500 different breweries, have been served direct to your table by the landlord himself. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Please note that the pub also closes during the licensee's annual holidays. Quality crisps, nuts and pork scratchings are available. No dogs. Accepts debit / credit cards, as well as cash,

Regular ales

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Changing ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

4 changing beers sourced nationally. Frequently changing - check website for details.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Two ciders or one cider and one perry - range varies, but always classed as real. Recent offerings have been Hallets and Thornborough.

  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LinedGlasses Lined Glasses
  • Newspapers Newspapers

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Rat Race Ale House

Station Approach, Hartlepool Railway Station
TS24 7ED

Sat Nav Reference

54.686629, -1.207311

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  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (30m)

1, 36

Nearby Station (5m)



On Platform 1

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Rat Race Ale House at Hartlepool

Rat Race Ale House

Station Approach, Hartlepool Railway Station
TS24 7ED

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Disabled Access
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Lined Glasses
  • Newspapers
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

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