1. ITV Report

The only place in London where drinking and riding the train is encouraged

An east London pub has gone the extra mile during a re-fit, by installing a miniature railway in its garden.

Customers at the Holly Tree pub in Leytonstone will be able to enjoy a ride on a 7 3/4 gauge electric railway with their pint, when the pub officially re-opens.

The pub garden has a train carriage feel Credit: Holly Tree

The Holly Tree is the sixteenth pub in a collection of quirky traditional pubs owned by Robert Thomas and his family. Thomas has previously been a University Lecturer, Olympian Swimmer, and a dealer of restored Routemaster London double decker buses.

I have a penchant for pubs and for all things mechanical so adding a 7 3/4 gauge train to the garden of our latest pub, The Holly Tree, is the perfect fit.

We will be adding a London bus too for customers to hire for private parties.

– Robert Thomas, owner of Remarkable Pubs

Staffing the pub has posed some unusual problems for its general manager Laura Field:

I have recruited a wonderful team of people but I will admit even as a seasoned, experienced, hospitality professional I have never had to recruit a train driver before.

– Laura Field, General Manager of the Holly Tree pub

The pub opens on Friday, October 18, at 6pm.