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The Railway Arms, Alton Town, Alton

Anstey Road
Alton
GU34 2RB
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moby duck left this review about The Railway Arms

A basic locals boozer, a horse shoe shaped single room with the central bar taking up up a fair amount of the interior space.All seven pumps on the front counter were on and all were Triple fff beers,being the tap they were reasonably priced between £2.80 and £3.00.My pint of Citra Sonic although a little hazy was perfectly fine, in fact I had a second.A solid pub.

On 14th April 2016 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about The Railway Arms

I've known about this place for years so left time on my Alton visit to stay here for a few beers. The first thing that struck me was how it didn't look at all like an original pub but a pair of terraced houses converted into one. I asked the friendly guv'nor and he said it was a purpose built pub for Watney's. My 1986 beer guide adds weight to that.
It's very much a basic ale house which suits me down to the ground. It's well described below but the Pool Table seems to have gone. I found myself sitting near an advert for Swamp Donkey Cider, one of many pieces of bric-a-brac scattered around.
The seven hand pumps at the front had one unused with five Triple fff beers and Red Cat Feral Vienna IPA. I went for the Citra Sonic (£3.00), Moondance (£3.00), I Can't Remember (£3.40) and the Red Cat guest (£3.50). All were in very good to superb nick.
I would definitely return here and it was easily my favourite pub in Alton.

On 4th April 2016 - rating: 9
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Quinno _ left this review about The Railway Arms

Been a good while since I was here and pleased to report that there seems to have been a definite upswing in quality. Seven pumps with six on – 5x Triple fff and Dark Star Hophead. My FFF Winter Oatmeal Stout was in good shape and a very enjoyable beer. Seemed a bit cleaner, a bit friendlier and generally a fair bit better.

June 2010
A bit of a legendary pub, perhaps owing to it being the tap of Triple FFF (with their Champion Beer of Britain in 2008) and being right on the doorstep of the Watercress line and their real ale train. The first time I came here I was quite impressed but on subsequent visits less so. The range of ales (five FFF ales are on the go, plus a well-sourced guest) is good but I’ve found the quality a bit variable – I would expect 100% in here. Likewise with some of the punters; there have been a couple of times I’ve not felt particularly comfortable if I’m not with a group of other people, the vibe can be a bit quite brash and sweary. The U-shaped pub interior is fairly basic, with pine wood panelling and hops hanging above the horseshoe shaped bar with a room to the rear with a dartboard. A Watneys Red Barrel hangs from the ceiling to act as a perennial reminder of how far we’ve come since the 70’s, which sits nicely with the old tin advertising plaques on the walls and railway ephemera. The train bursting forth from the pubs frontage is a quaint touch. Worth popping in if you’re nearby but perhaps not quite as good as some make out, in my opinion. That said, I guess I’ll be in here again before long… Rated 6

On 23rd February 2016 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Alton, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Bentley (Hants), 5.21 miles, 1 hr 40 min walk (show)
Liss, 10.04 miles, 3 hr 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Railway Arms, Alton
15th May 2016, 16:17
Review submitted by train man
 
14th Apr 2016, 22:04
Review submitted by moby duck

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 April 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 01 April 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 April 2016 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No - only bottles - last updated 24 February 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 01 April 2016 by Aqualung .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday11am - Midnight
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