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Railway Bell, SE19

14 Cawnpore Street
SE19 1PF

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Moby Duck left this review about Railway Bell

Lovely looking backstreet boozer, inside the room wraps around a centrally stationed bar. From the six pumps three beers were available, Youngs Bitter and Special plus St Austell Tribute, the latter being in good shape. On the down side the pub was empty at 1.30 on a Sunday lunchtime but live music was being advertised for later in the afternoon in the garden,maybe everyone were saving themselves for later. Could do with a bit more adventure on the beer front but nice pub.

On 27th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about Railway Bell

Sadly there are not that many old style back street locals like this left anymore, but this looks like a thriving survivor. A U-shaped carpeted room, split level at the right hand end, central a nearly island bar, a dartboard, fish tank, shelf of books, football on TV at a sensible volume, wrought iron 70s bar gantry, some remaining etched glass in the doors, framed prints of the Crystal Palace, a wall full size photo of a railway station and a glass case full of model trains. To the right of the bar a high level glass screen with some stained glass partially divides the area. There's not much in here that isn't to like, it is a fine pub indeed. Outdoor seating to the side with a separate function room beyond.
This is despite the six or so handpumps offering just Young's Bitter and Special between them, I had a Special which was top notch. I was however very impressed and appreciative of the full on cheeseboard with crackers on the end of the bar, fully gratis to customers. What a nice touch.

On 4th December 2016 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Railway Bell

The Railway Bell is a long standing Youngs tied house that has been on my list to do for a long time.
Once inside there is a single U shaped room with the bar to the front,the room is carpeted and has comfy bench seating,there was a TV to the rear left showing snooker and there was also a darts board to the rear left.
There were two real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Youngs Bitter which went down well,the other beer was Youngs Special.
This is a proper pub and it was also quite busy on my mid Saturday afternoon visit.
I quite liked this pub.

Pub visited 16/4/2016

On 22nd May 2016 - rating: 8
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very wellinformed left this review about The Railway Bell

Rex Rattus sums it up perfectly,my Youngs Ordinary was in excellent form and the garden in summer is a delight.

On 30th November 2010 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Railway Bell

This is a Young’s house, with Bitter, Special and Hogsback TEA on during my midweek lunchtime visit. I didn’t see any sign of food or menus. This is a fairly small classic backstreet boozer. The bar is at the front as you enter, stretching a short way back to the right. It’s carpeted, has a number of small, round, metal framed tables, small stools, banquettes and some normal chairs plus a few stools at the bar. The traditional 70s wrought iron bar gantry is there as well. As you would expect, there is a fair amount of railway related stuff on the walls, but most surprising to me is the apparent Liverpool FC connection. On the wall at the far end of the bar is a small brass plaque declaring it to be the “Kop End”, containing, at the very end of the bar, a stone football on a marble plinth dedicated to Liverpool FC, and photographs of Bill Shankly and other individuals dressed all in red. I also spotted a fish tank at the back, plus there was a TV on, but muted. There are a few outside tables and chairs to the side of the pub.
The last time I was in here was when CPFC won the old 2nd Division title back in 1979, when it was somewhat more crowded than on my visit last week, when only three or four punters were in there. This is a genuine unspoilt backstreet pub, and is definitely worth a visit – as long as you don’t want anything pretentious or to be able to dine in a gastro-pub.

On 28th November 2010 - rating: 7
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