Real love has gone into this excellent restoration of Tain’s train station building, which has become a handsome wood-clad bar and restaurant, open all day. The menu features hearty, bar-style fare with a few flourishes. The enthusiastic owner and a beer garden make it a fine place to drop by for a drink or coffee at any time, too.
Platform 1864 was originally the town’s train station building but was converted into a bistro back in 2015 as part of a local regeneration project lead by chef/ owner Graham.
Since opening their doors to the public, their presence in the town has been a much welcomed addition bringing in both locals and tourists, particularly those embarking on the North Coast 500 route which runs through Tain.
The interior showcases various quirky rail travel themed items such as signage, framed original timetables and antique conductor’s bags. The wooden features and crisp light walls give the place a fresh, welcoming feel and really sets it apart from any other restaurants in the area.
As well as serving food at night, Platform 1864 are open bright and early for breakfast, followed by lunch and is even a great stop for a fresh coffee and slice of cake.