Real ale pub replaces real old conservatory

A railway station bar has built a new conservatory as part of a £50,000 renovation that owners hope will keep it flourishing.

The Stalybridge station pub replaced its old conservatory with a new one after revealing the structure had stood for more than 12 decades.

The pub is known as a real ale stronghold, which the Camra Good Beer Guide has honoured 20 times, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Having once been condemned, the pub was saved with the support of the Railway Heritage Trust and former Stalybridge MP Lord Pendry, who recently presided over its reopening.

"It has a special place in my heart as one who helped resurrect it in 1994 when it was condemned to be demolished," he said.

"I led a delegation to British Rail and gained a reprieve."

Back in the 1980s, the bar gained infamy when Dot Redfern, landlady of the time, refused to serve Aslef union members while the train drivers were on strike.

The Aslef is the UKs trade union for train drivers and has over 18,500 members. It has been established for almost 130 years and is currently based in London.