A PINT-SIZED pub is toasting its continued success after it was hailed as one of Britain’s best venues for real ale.
The Rat Race pub, based at Hartlepool Railway Station, is run by Peter Morgan and has been included in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) new Great British Pubs guide.
The micro-pub is one of just 210 pubs nationally to make it into the book.
The accolade comes as the Rat Race has pulled its 400th brew and approaches its second anniversary.
Landlord Peter, 46, said about being featured in the guide: “I’m the sort of person who keeps my feet well and truly on the ground.
“But it is absolutely great I’m in a guide that only has 210 pubs in it.
“It’s obviously a really good compliment and shows that you are doing the right sort of thing.”
A letter from CAMRA to Peter stated: “Your inclusion signifies that your pub is one of a select number of truly great British pubs.”
The Rat Race is included in the Station Pubs category.
Real ale enthusiast Peter launched the pub in November 2009 when he was made redundant from his building society job.
Measuring just 20ft by 14ft the former newsagents is one of the smallest pubs in the country.
It has no bar and Peter pulls the pints from a small cellar room.
The pub’s 400th brew was called Blue Monkey Magic stout which Peter said went down well with customers.
He scours the country for the best tipples using his contacts and catalogues.
Peter said: “When it comes to the catalogues I’m a bit like a kid in a sweet shop.”
He has built up a strong following of local regulars and passengers.
Peter, who lives in Trimdon Station, added: “It’s going remarkably well.
“I’m pleased to say there are enough people in Hartlepool that appreciate good beer and it’s looking very good for the future.”
The Rate Race now has permission to open on Saturdays when Hartlepool United are playing which Peter said had also proved a big boost to the business.
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