Real Ale Train (R.A.T.)

Join us on-board the RAT for real ale on tap

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Quality Local Ales

Our famous Real Ale Train, or RAT as it is affectionately known, continues its tradition of serving real ale from a restored bar carriage pulled by a steam locomotive.  We select up to 2 local breweries from Hampshire and the surrounding counties for each train, including Bowmans, Itchen Valley, Triple fff, Fallen Acorn, Red Cat and more!

Check out this review from The Kiwi Has Landed

Pub Busting Prices

Train fares for 2018 are only £16 per person and just £2 per pint!
FREE Pint voucher when booking more than 3 days in advance.
Enjoy two round trips from Alton to Alresford (approx. 3 hours)

NEW! Once you have selected a date and purchased your RAT tickets, for an extra £55 why not reserve a compartment? 

Compartments can hold up to 8 people and would be exclusively yours for the evening. Limited availability so first come, first served. Available to book online.

Why Not Fill Your Glass?

Purchase an exclusive RAT pint glass as a perfect memento of your great night out - these glasses are only available to purchase on the RAT at £6 per pint glass.

Full Bar

It's not just about ale - we also sell wine, cider, spirits, mixers and soft drinks. 

Hot Food

There is a selection of hot food available on board the RAT, take a look at our food menu here.  We politely ask that, with the exception of celebration cakes, only food and drink purchased onboard may be consumed on the RAT.

Booking Information

  • Due to the popularity of our RAT's, these trains are advance booking only.

  • The RAT departs ALTON station 7.20pm, returning to Alton approx 10.30pm (connects with the 10:44pm South Western Railways departure from Alton, plus one further service after that).

  • Unfortunately our RAT does not have the capacity to hold wheelchairs, but you are welcome to leave these at the station. Ramps are available for use and staff can help visitors board the train when needed. If you have any questions regarding accessibility on the RAT please call us on 01962 733810. 
  • To drink alcohol on our RAT you must be 18+ years

  • Please note that Credit and Debit Cards cannot be used on the Real Ale Trains. Cash only. 
  • Cancellations: We regret that there can be no refund for ‘no show’ customers. Cancellations notified in writing, at least four weeks before the booked date will be refunded less a £10 admin fee; shorter notice cancellations are not entitled to a refund but the company will try to re-sell the tickets. If a purchaser is found then the cost, less an administration charge of £10, will be refunded.

  • For more than 10 tickets the quantity can be changed in your shopping basket.

 The company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary, for whatever reason.

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