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The Railway Bell, Hampton Town, Hampton

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Station Road
TW12 2AP

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Railway Bell

There were four ales on in here - Skinner's Betty Stogs, Courage Best, Lancaster Red, and Wadworth's 6X, with a fifth pump unclipped. I wouldn't complain at that selection as I like good quality brown beers, but some might say that it would be improved by a hoppy and/or dark beer. Clipboard menus on all the tables advertise some pub grub favourites; the bangers and mash is £8.95 (with champ mash - including spring onions apparently - if you wish), and the burger, chips and onion rings is £10.50. Sandwiches are reasonably priced, ranging from £4.25 (fish fingers and tartare sauce obviously), to £5.55 (prawns and marie rose sauce).

The pub does still have the appearance of a country pub in town, mainly because of the low ceilings, but also due to its location tucked at the end of a couple of small cottages. There are still two rooms, with the one on the left furnished with normal tables and chairs. All tables had menus on them, but it didn't have the feel of a room that was meant solely for diners. The main room is on the right (the bar counter here has the handpumps) and would originally have been two rooms. It's furnished with normal tables and chairs, plus some settles with plenty of cushions on them. Personally I can take or leave cushions, but Mrs R likes that sort of thing.

There's a large screen TV (I saw six nations rugby matches advertised) but it was tuned to some radio music station during my visit. There are no fruit machines which is a massive plus in my book; some puzzles and board games on a shelf, and I also spotted some sort of large sweet dispening machine on the condiments table.

I rather liked this pub. It had the pubby feel that I appreciate, plus the landlord was friendly and welcoming, even topping up an already acceptably full pint. With the excellent ale selection, I reckon that this is a decent all-round pub, to which I would be happy to pay a return visit.

On 22nd February 2018 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Railway Bell

Curious and easily-missed pub tucked away in a terrace in the shadow of the railway bridge. Inside retains two rooms, but they are pretty similar, with plain wooden furnishings. The menu clipboards spread round the tables at first implied gastro pretensions, but the actual content is rather plainer pub grub. Beers at time of visit were Betty Stogs and Coaster from Cornwall, Otter and Courage Best.

On 27th October 2017 - rating: 8
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john mcgraw left this review about The Railway Bell

This pub is set back from the main road.The inside is fairly old fashioned and on my visit was very quiet.There were 3 real ales on which were in good condition.Not to be confused with The Railway Hotel just up the road which is closed.5 mins from Hampton station.

On 17th May 2011 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Railway Bell

The pub is on the end of a terrace of small cottages, and in fact would appear to be a pair knocked through into one. Inside has a feel of a country pub, despite now being in what has become an outer suburb. Two rooms inside, low ceilings, beams and wooden floors. The main room where the bar is located has green half height walls, white above, a mixture of seating, including settles, stools and a wing back chair. Decor is mainly old pics of the area, copper and brass artifacts, and a cartwheel suspended from the ceiling. An old box shaped TV in the corner was off. A fireplace on the end wall has an electric bar fire.
The side room looked to have a real fire going, and has a few quite large tables. There are pictures of a large shark hanging from a hook in here. There is a hatch from here to the bar.
Five handpumps, three in the main room, two in the side, so its worth checking them all before ordering. Skinners Betty Stogs,Harveys Sussex Best, Brakspears Bitter, Courage Best and GK IPA. £3.10 for the BS.
There is a pleasant outdoor area to the front of the pub with the usual bench seats, and a large picture/mural of a steam train.

On 7th March 2010 - rating: 7
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train man left this review about The Railway Bell

Not as good a choice as I remembered, though they did have one from Twickenham Ales; Autumn Blaze, plus Pedigree & courage. I noticed they are doing 'Friday food specials, cuisine from a bygone era' - todays is Lancashire Hotpot wi braised red cabbage, a fiver. If not, there's a good chippy over the road & I'd intended to walk down to the river with some fish&chips, a plan dashed by a cancelled train causing me to miss the 2pm close (of the chip shop).

24 March 2007
Friendly bar, local chat, Twickenham ales, great stuff. And a good chippy round the corner.

On 14th November 2008 - rating: 7
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