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Within commutable distance of Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester and Liverpool, Crewe has a thriving live music scene, as well as bars, pubs and restaurants. It also has stunning parks including Queen’s Park, a traditional Victorian park, which is being restored to its former glory, as well as the award winning Crewe Lyceum. The town also has two shopping centres; the Victoria Centre and the Market Centre as well as indoor and outdoor markets throughout the week. Grand Junction Retail Park is just outside the centre of town and Nantwich Road provides a wide range of local shops, with a variety of small retailers
Where is it?
Crewe is a fairly small town surrounded by even smaller villages in the eastern area of Cheshire in the North West of England, it offers easy access to Liverpool and Manchester as well as Stoke on Trent via the nearby M6 motorway.
Are there any other grads working from this office?
There is a small but lively community of graduates at Crewe Rail House. What we lack in numbers, we certainly make up for in personality!
Is it easy to travel and park?
Parking for the building is limited, so a car park lottery scheme is in place. To enter the lottery you need to drive to the office at least four times a week, and winners get free use of the car park for two months. This system is soon to be replaced by a waiting list system where drivers add their name to the list and wait for their turn to come up. Aside from parking onsite, you can park at the nearby Crewe Alexandra FC grounds for around £40 a month, or you can try to find a space on some of the residential roads close to the office. These tend to fill up fast, though, so get there early! As its name suggests, the office is directly adjacent to Crewe train station, which is the largest interchange in the north with regular direct services to almost everywhere, including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Scotland and the South West. The building also has a decent bus service, with regular buses to east, west and south Crewe.
If I move to the area, where are the best places to live?
If you’re looking for big city living then Manchester and Birmingham are within an hour by train. If you’d rather live close by, the neighbouring town of Nantwich is a great choice: it has a great nightlife and a train station providing a 10-minute commute to the office. Nantwich is much more expensive than Crewe, so if you’re looking for cheaper accommodation then you’d be better finding a property in central Crewe. Make sure you have a chat with people who know the area and can best advise you on the nicest places to live.
What are the options for lunch?
Rail House has something for everyone when it comes to getting food. If you fancy a quick meal, there are a few chip shops and kebab houses nearby, as well as a McDonald’s and Domino’s. There is also a KFC a short drive away, as well as Whitney’s (formerly Chatwins), which has an excellent reputation for breakfast butties, sandwiches and cakes and pastries. If you’d prefer to grab a microwave meal, snacks or a paper, there is a Tesco Express at the nearby petrol station, with a full size Tesco Extra about 15 minutes away. For those who want to eat out, Giovanni’s is a nice Italian restaurant just a stone’s throw from the building, or if you prefer more traditional pub grub there’s the Brocklebank Brewers Fayre, which is about a 15-minute walk.