Winning tip: Royal Hotel, Hull, UK
The Royal Hotel Hull is understood domestically because the “Station Hotel, ’ull” as a result of its rear entrance is inside Paragon station. Look out for the statue of Hull notable, Philip Larkin. Its Victorian structure is excellent and afternoon tea, with Yorkshire tea loaf, is served within the lounge with its frieze of golden haddock, a mirrored image of Hull’s fishing heritage. In the restaurant, begin with an area speciality, a Hull patty: a deep-fried ball of sage-flavoured mash, and comply with with fish pie or fish and chips with native seasoning chip spice, and wash it down with a pint from Wold Top Brewery. The resort is within the centre of the 2017 Capital of Culture.
To Treno Sto Rouf, Rouf station, Athens
Our journey from Athens started in decadent type within the stunning wagon restaurant at Rouf station. These splendid pre-war Italian eating vehicles take you again to an age of magnificence and music. My zucchini pie was a delight. There are jazz bands, theatre exhibits and pre-dinner drinks within the open-air bar. It’s a outstanding expertise that may make sure you don’t need to depart to catch your practice.
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Kyoto Tower from the station walkway. Photograph: Alamy
The central station in Kyoto is heaven for travellers, buyers and ramen-lovers alike. It’s a murals by architect Haro Hiroshi – together with an space of tiered steps for stay live shows at weekends, a mall beneath, and on the 10th ground a ground devoted to ramen. You can select your dish from the wall explaining all the categories out there, choosing thick or skinny noodles, spicy or delicate broth, meat or vegetarian. Then you order your ramen from the self-service ticket machine and your meal is made in minutes. Afterwards, the Kyoto Station Skywalk on the identical ground supplies a surprising view of the town and the Kyoto Tower reverse.
Shimla station, India
After a morning promenade within the recent Himalayan air, avoiding undesirable consideration from native baboons, we arrived at Shimla’s colonial-style station somewhat early. We sat within the tiny restaurant with its quaint tables and loved probably the most British of refreshments: tea and toast with jam or honey at costs that made us really feel as if we have been in one other century. Beyond the veranda the blue sky appeared to go on perpetually and the view was magnificent (the station’s altitude is 2,075 metres).
Augsburg station, Germany
There is a fantastic brewery at Augsburg’s station, Brauhaus 1516, that additionally sells massive parts of meals and places on wonderful bands a minimum of as soon as per week. Beers are round €three, with weissbier the signature brew. The station is a ravishing neo-classical affair, 150 years previous. Augsburg makes a superb base for Oktoberfest in Munich, 30 minutes away by rail, with resort costs lower than half what can be charged for an evening in Munich.
Parchal, Algarve, Portugal
Restaurante O Leme
There’s an excellent little restaurant-bar known as O’Leme at Ferragudo station, the place locals eat freshly caught sardines, fried hen, black pig, salads, fish soup, empanadas and different home made dishes. It affords excellent worth and an excellent ambiance. An actual discover at a moderately run-down station.
Samarkanda restaurant, Atocha station. Photograph: Alamy
Atocha station is among the most stunning in Europe. The 19th-century masterpiece of wrought-iron and glass has been changed into a botanical backyard, with big palm timber and a pond filled with terrapins. The greatest place for an summary is the Samarkanda on the terrace. It’s dear (three programs €30) if you wish to eat however a glass of wine within the bar is €three.
Stalybridge station, Greater Manchester
Interior of Stalybridge Station buffet. Photograph: Alamy
On my means again from collaborating within the Manchester marathon we popped into this pleasant, welcoming pub on Stalybridge station. It’s stunning, with authentic Victorian options, such because the marble-topped bar and ornate ceiling. The ales are improbable however I first tried a grapefruit cider that proved a refreshing pick-me-up for a weary runner. There are additionally pretty pies. It’s an excellent, quirky, place.
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Maglie, Puglia, Italy
Bistrocafé Stazione di Maglie
En route from nearly wherever on this a part of Italy’s heel, you’ll want to vary trains within the little city of Maglie to achieve (by infinite olive groves), stunning Otranto and its seashores. Don’t wait within the station with everybody else – Maglie is greater than value a wander. And one of many highlights is that this beautiful locale Bistrocafé Stazione di Maglie reverse the ticket workplace. I’d advocate it strongly for the cool, trendy design and delicate nods to its railway heritage, and for the real attraction and friendliness of the couple who personal it. But there’s additionally recent produce, good costs and really tasty dishes (mains from about €6). Worth lacking a connection for.
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When I visited, admittedly a while in the past, the bar at Brasov practice station in Romania made the Star Wars cantina seem like Frankie & Benny’s: dilapidated Soviet-era furnishings and grizzled previous males staring contemptuously by a fog of cigarette smoke. An excruciatingly ordered 15p glass of lager, a common feeling of unease – all in all … unmissable!