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Reviews of The Railway Tavern (Average Rating: 8 of 10) see review guidelines
Rex Rattus left this review about The Railway Tavern
This pub boasts a classic brewer’s Tudor exterior, with as many black painted wooden beams set in the facade as it could possibly want. Apparently it started life as a Charrington’s pub judging by the trademark Toby jug featured in the external signage, although somewhat surprisingly the green banded glazing in the windows is absent.
Inside much of the original design remains. The bar counter is clearly an original piece of work, as evidenced by the keyhole in the facing at the far end which also denotes that this is where the handpumps would originally have been sited. The half height wooden paneling, as well as the bar back with the Toby insignia still present, are also original. But of course it’s been largely opened up, although a bit of screening still remain separating to some extent what was the snug bar from the lounge at the back. There’s also a large fireplace at the back, with a copper hood to the chimney, and with a couple of small tables ensconced in the surrounds.
There are model planes hanging from the ceiling, a model LNER train above the fireplace, and a boar’s head above the servery providing non-technological balance. Other items of note were the pair of gilded figurine plant holders, complete with aspidistras, doing sentinel duty by the fireplace. There are a few tables outside.
The ale range is not extensive, but they did have on Doom Bar and Purity UBU (£2 a half). Sandwiches are around £6 -£7, and pub grub main courses are around £8 - £9. This pub could do with a little TLC – the banquettes were some of the grubbiest I have seen – but it remains a proper pub with plenty of interest in there for those of us who appreciate pub architecture. I liked it and would happily return.
On 8th August 2013
- rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about The Railway Tavern
Whilst finishing a cigarette before I entered this establishment I noticed the sign on the A-board on the path outside which was advertising the pub as being perfect for ‘lovely ladies with babies who love to lunch'. This instantly filled me with dread and I was expecting my first visit to this pub to consist of a quick half before a quick exit, but I was very wrong. I thought that the staff were very friendly and the regulars all seemed nice enough creating a very relaxed atmosphere and there was not a pushchair in sight.
I didn't spot any TV screens, but there was a table skittles game taking centre spot in the raised back section of the pub and from the signs saying that the back door must be locked when a band is playing I deduced that the pub hosts live music.
Bass, Deuchars and Landlord were all available alongside a selection of standard and premium lagers. I had a couple of pints of the Landlord which I found to be very good.
The beer garden out the back is less garden and more yard, but it has a few decorations and is well looked after, I just don't think I would want to spend an extended period drinking in it.
I think that this is definitely a contender for the best pub in Crouch End and I would certainly go back if in the area again.
On 30th June 2009
- rating: 8
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- Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
- Car Park : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
- Pinball : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
- Pool Table : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Rex Rattus