This South Yorkshire Pub Has Been Named The Best Pub Conversion In The UK

A micro-pub tucked away at Doncaster train station, The Draughtsman Alehouse is a true hidden gem with traditional pub style decor – everything a Yorkshireman could ever need from a local pub.

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Located on platform 3b, the tiny pub comes highly commended by all who have visited – and it turns out, some of those people were the folk at CAMRA, you know, people who know a thing or two about pubs.

The pub is Doncaster’s first railway alehouse, which takes over a miniature unit that was formerly a Victorian buffet room. Left vacant for 18 years, the place has been transformed into the ideal retreat for travellers, and it’s bursting with charm. The restoration complimented the units history, uncovering some incredible, Victorian details during the process which have been utilised when creating the traditional decor with small, contemporary details. The work was completed with a local historian, making sure to compliment and pay homage to Doncaster’s heritage.

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The alehouse prides itself on its extensive booze offering, with real Ale sourced from Yorkshire breweries, local gins and even coffee roasted in God’s Own Country itself.

Catching CAMRA’s eye for their 2019 Pub Design Awards, the little spot comes in ‘highly commended’ by the ale experts, praising the owners for their efforts when converting the space.

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Andrew Davison, chair of CAMRA’s judging panel said:

“The Draughtsman is the first micro-pub to make an appearance at the Pub Design Awards. The careful restoration of original features such as the Victorian tiling gives considerable character to what is a very small bar.

“Modern fixtures and fittings such as the bar counter and the wall shelving behind it have been deliberately designed to be as simple and basic as possible so as not to compete with the original ones. A very attractive melding of old with new, it is well worth missing a train to experience the Draughtsman.”

The Draughtsman, Platform 3B, Doncaster Railway Station, Doncaster, DN1 1PE.