Platform 2, Knaresborough Station, The Track and Sleeper
Platform 2, Knaresborough Station, The Track and Sleeper

New gin and micropub to open on platform 2 of Knaresborough Railway Station

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A new gin and micropub is is currently under development on platform 2 of Knaresborough Railway Station.

The site is being developed by the Gorilla Brothers Limited, a group of friends made up of Jason White, Craig Chambers and Phil Paling. This is their second bar and Jason and Phil also have a microbrewery, Gorilla Brewing.

Platform 2, Knaresborough Railway Station, main entrance


Knaresborough Railway Station
Knaresborough Railway Station

Phil Paling:

We are three friends and have another bar in Swinton, in the Rotherham area. That’s a gin bar and micropub and it’s a nice place that has proved popular, we opened that in 2019.

Myself and Jason are both self-employed with our own businesses – I have a plumbing and heating company.

We had seen 7 0r 8 different places. but it was Jason’s partner who found this place, we already knew Knaresborough well.

But this site has great appeal being a listed building, with the viaduct, the tunnel and a period platform.

What we have is a main room, along with a snug. We are putting toilets in, currently there aren’t any public toilets on the platform, and are an adjacent storeroom as a  cellar – that all just made it work for us.

It was in quiet a state of disrepair though when we took it on, and that created a challenge. Many of the ceiling features and architraves were missing, there was a miss-match of skirtings, along with damp in the external walls.

We have put in new panelling, using some of the existing and some new. A fire will be going in along with new flooring throughout. But all work needs to be sympathetic to i being a listed building.

Phil Paling, Gorilla Brothers
Phil Paling, Gorilla Brothers
The Track and Sleeper
The Track and Sleeper

 

The Track and Sleeper
The Track and Sleeper
The Track and Sleeper
The Track and Sleeper

Phil said:

We want a feel of coming into a period property, but with a twist on the bar. Being named The Track and Sleeper, the bar is made from Australian Jarrah sleepers and a piece of track as footrail.

We put a proposal to Network Rail and then got the green light from them. It has taken us 13-months to get us to where we are here.

Ideally we will have a lot of drinks others don’t have.

There will be about 6 real ale lines, 6 kegs,

Likely we will have 5 Gorilla Brewery real ales and a guest beer, a cocktail font, and maybe 40 to 50 different gins and rums.

We are aiming to open in the last Bank Holiday in May.

For further details see: The Track & Sleeper – Gorilla Brewing Co.

 



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