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The Railway Tavern, Bromley

45 East Street
Bromley
BR1 1QQ
Phone: 02084607957

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Railway Tavern

This pub was quite busy on our Thursday eve visit, with the majority of the customers calling in for a bite to eat. Five handpumps on the bar with only two in use, serving Volden Pale and Batemans. I went for the Volden pale which is very much to my taste and the beer was in excellent condition. As the main part of the pub was busy, we took our drinks and sat near the kitchen servery. This was a single narrow room with a side doorway leading to the street, this room had some wacky 70's style wallpaper, exposed brick and a collection of wall mounted plates.

On 22nd November 2019 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Railway Tavern

This is another Antic pub in their usual mode. There's lots of exposed brickwork, and very much looks like a work in progress - although of course there is no work in progress. The external tilework is still very impressive, but inside it's been so messed about with that there's little of heritage value. The remnants of the snug at the front are still evident though.

As is also usual with Antic pubs, the beer selection was pretty good. I had the Volden Juniper (one of their house ales) which was in good shape as I recall.

On 3rd December 2017 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Railway Tavern

An Antic pub nowadays but without the usual totally dishevelled half-built look. The main large room has the bar on the back wall, small regular tables along one side, an upright piano and with another small room directly off to the front which looked to be once a snug with the door relocated and the infilled door covered in train tickets. A side room off the bar has a distressed floor, wall mounted bagatelle boards, a carpet beater plus a shelf of books. We sat in the narrow back room which has a food servery to one end, an exposed brick wall with plates and kettles on hooks and a rooflight. The flooring in here had unusual incongruous lines of parquet infill which we deduced to be where walls once stood, confirmed by the exposed brickwork where previous toothing in could be seen. The divided spaces were so small they must have been toilets but some of us reckoned prior to this a bottle and jug hence the exterior door and old corridor line.
Anyway Time Team over, and incidentally toilets are now upstairs.
On to the beers, four of six clipped on, Volden Juniper, Bootleg Brew Co Urban Fox, Butcombe Big Geoff; coming soon were Brain's Rev James, Volden Session Ale and a retro tongue in cheek Watney's Pale Ale.
Handy for Bromley North over the road however not an easy journey from there for us so still a traipse back to Bromley South.

On 30th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Railway Tavern

Just over the road from Bromley North station, this pub has a striking facade decorated with bold orange and green tiling. You enter through a corner door into an unusually shaped main bar with various little areas leading off it. The space around the entrance holds two or three tables in rather basic surrounds before broadening out into the main bar area itself where the servery can be found running along the end wall. A second entrance leads in from the left hand end of the bar and here you can find an unusual corridor shaped seating area under a collection of wall-mounted plates with an open kitchen at the far end. Smart bench seating to the side of the bar allows a fair number of people to settle down in the heart of the pub and opposite the bar there is a slightly partitioned lounge area of sorts, focused around a quaint stone fireplace with retro wallpaper, a few more tables and an upright piano rounding out the decor. A door to the right of the bar leads through to a pleasant side room which is spacious and bright and offers plenty more comfortable seating in a room with typical Antic half-finished floors and walls. Some nice retro swan-motif wallpaper covers some of the walls and a small collection of bagatelle boards hang from another, whilst random items such as old carpet beaters round out the visual distractions on show. From here you can move out to a patio garden with several rows of picnic tables through the centre and four striped deckchairs under a shelter closer to the pub. The garden is next to a busy road, so it's not particularly peaceful, although a high fence does at least ensure a degree of privacy.
There was a very typical Antic ale selection comprising Volden Summer Ale, Adnams Southwold Bitter, Elgoods Beer Goggles and Brains Atomic Blonde (£3.80). My pint of the latter was in pretty good shape and the pub was sufficiently busy on a mid-week evening, that I found myself out in the garden in order to get a seat. Three other pumps had 'Coming Soon' clips on them and there was the usual decent keg and bottled beer selection.
This is a pretty decent Antic pub with a slightly smarter interior than some of the chain's more notoriously ramshackle branches. The beer selection is solid and my pint was better quality than I would normally expect from this chain. I can easily imagine spending an evening in here and would suggest it makes a good start/finish point for any crawl around town.

On 24th September 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Railway Tavern

Always a decent-looking pub, with its part-tiled countryfied wedge-shaped exterior directly facing the town's North station, but now much more inviting inside than it once was following the Antic acquisition in 2014. Usual (as in unusual) selection of eclectic furniture and decor in the various seating / dining areas around the bar and in the side room. Better beer selection too these days, with Deuchars IPA, Rev James, Tribute, Ghost Ship and Volden Pale (£3.70) available from five of seven handpumps.

On 8th January 2017 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Railway Tavern

The Railway is a nice looking pub with a tiled lower half,the pub is very handy for Bromley North station when it is open.
Once inside there is a single irregular shaped room with the bar facing,there is bench seating running down the right side,the left side has normal tables and chairs,there is a strange looking separate area within the main room which is almost like a small room,this room had normal tables and chairs.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of New World Pale Ale which was quite a nice drink,but i dont know who brews this beer,the other beers were Butcombe Bitter,St Austell Tribute and Adnams Ghost Ship.
There was a TV showing the England v Italy rugby game.
Food is available all day up till 10pm.

Pub visited 14/2/2015

On 14th February 2015 - rating: 7
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