It is quiet now, but in a few hours’ time, The Euston Tap will be a hive of activity.
This former Victorian gatehouse, located in front of London’s Euston train station, has become a haven for many a weary traveller, looking to sneak in one last swift pint before escaping the capital for the weekend. The concept has proved so popular that similar venues exist in or near train stations across the UK, from York to Manchester.
I’m on my way to Manchester for The Independent Manchester Beer Convention, a four day beer festival held at the historic Victoria Baths in the city. I glance down at my watch, and decide I too have time for a quick drink before my train departs.
I slip under the ancient stone-brick arch and into the cool and dark embrace of the tiny pub within. 27 keg and 16 cask lines can make choosing a beer difficult when time is of the essence, but it is a nice dilemma to have. My eyes scan the wood-framed blackboards to the left and right of the bar. I settle on a half of Five Points Pale Ale, brewed just a few miles away in Hackney.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy station, and with a busy weekend in prospect, a moment of tranquillity is just what I need. I sip my beer in quiet contemplation, before continuing on my journey, considerably more relaxed than before.