Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Buffet Car


The Station
Keighley, England, BD22 8NJ
United Kingdom

+44 01535 645214 | map

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3.65/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This is one of those really unique, almost surprising places, where you can drink Real Ale. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) is a privately run railway line that runs between Keighley and Oxenhope stations deep in Bronté country in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It is staffed entirely by volunteers, and has been for over 30 years. A variety of gleaming restored Steam Engines haul old style slam-door carriages up and down the line through some of the most picturesque scenery in the North of England. The décor, Staff, Station Buildings and Engines are all a throw back to the golden age of Steam, pre- British Railways. Its authenticity and attention to detail is quite superb, so much so that it is often used as a backdrop in films, or even the focus of them such as the 1970’s Film of the Railway Children (ah, who could forget the lovely Jenny Agutter!!!).

If you take a trip on the Steam Engines that run daily between the months of March to October, then you can enjoy a Pint of Real Ale whilst blasting along the Worth Valley, inhaling all those gorgeous smelling fumes whilst hanging your head out of the window.

Usually serves two changing Real Ales, one was normally a beer from Timothy Taylors and the other a Guest Beer on my visits. Although any cask-conditioned beer would be forever turbid and unsettled on any moving transportation, the beers are “racked-off” daily, this is quite acceptable, and in no way alters or affects the Real Ale. It is placed into special containers to control carbonation levels, but it is still served through the Handpump.

The round-trip takes about 1 and a half hours, or if you develop a taste for the on board Real Ale, you can purchase an all-day ticket and just “cruise”. Make sure to wear red underwear though – just in case!

Steam Engine Enthusiasts and fans of Real Ale (the two appear to be inseparable in the UK for some reason) will immediately fall in love with this place. I did.

Afterwards, a tour of Keighley, the home of the independent Brewer Timothy Taylors, is also highly recommended. Just make sure that you don’t miss your last train home.

All Aboard!

Jul 05, 2003
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Buffet Car in Keighley, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 1 ratings