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The Railway, Blackheath, SE3

16 Blackheath Village
SE3
SE3 9LE
Phone: 02088522390
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Tris C left this review about The Railway

Situated a few yards up from Blackheath railway station, the former Railway Hotel is a mid-19th century freestanding pub, next to Blackheath hospital.
You can do a tour on Google, taking in the deep interior, modern boarded floor, split levels, grey paint (with some bare brick), mixed furniture – including some block tables – with eclectic framed prints. The boisterous local crowd was fairly mixed, the vast majority crowded round the bar as if it were last orders on New Year’s Eve; a band kicked off, yet this failed to draw the customers away from their cherished haven around the bar, at which point I left.
A feeble cask choice wasn’t available, with an unused pump, Proper Job (reversed), Tribute (reversed) so it was more Neck Oil, £3.75 the half, served by a forgettable barman.
Despite the lack of cask mid-Saturday evening, this is better than your typical railway station pub, probably because of the location, but the Hare & Billet is the one to beat.

On 29th April 2024 - rating: 4
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Railway

This really is an anonymous sort of pub, and I struggled to attribute any specific character to it. Its main draw I would guess is that it's handily placed right by the station, which is the main reason that we visited it. It has the anonymous grey/green decor that we see so often these days; bare-boarded of course, with the usual mix of furnishings.

They did have three beers on - Doom Bar, London Pride, and something called Boss Brewing Let the Dragon Roar. We all went for the latter ale of course, which is a 4% pale ale from Wales, and was fine. I've never seen this brewery's ales before; maybe the guv'nor has a Welsh connection? I didn't see a full menu. but I noticed that the fish & chips was £13.50. They must do Sunday lunches as well, as a blackboard on the wall advertised "doggy Sunday roasts" at £7. One of our group checked with someone behind the bar that it meant what it said - you can actually buy a Sunday roast for your dog! If I spent £7 on a meal I don't think I would give it to the dog - although on second thoughts I have on rare occasions bought food in a pub that would be better off inside the dog than inside me!

This is decidedly average pub - not good, not bad, and definitely in the "OK" category. The Boss Brewing ale was a definite plus though.

On 29th October 2019 - rating: 5
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Railway

A somewhat upmarket pub, as befits its prime location in trendy Blackheath village. Rather a long pub, all in tasteful, inoffensive décor with moody lighting and music. At the back is a small outdoor area, mainly under cover, although it didn't appear to be open. Draught ales were London Pride and Proper Job, with an out of use pump which I think said Turtle Pale Ale, whatever that is. A few craft beers on keg also. Convenient for the station, but not much else inspiring a visit.

On 30th January 2019 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Kidbrooke, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Hither Green, 1.28 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Lewisham, 1.39 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Railway, SE3
29th Apr 2024, 18:15
Review submitted by Tris C
 
18th Dec 2023, 18:01
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Beer Garden : Yes - small terrace - last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p pp. - last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Darts : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Function Room : No last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Jukebox : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Karaoke : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Live Music : Yes - Saturdays 20.30. - last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Pinball : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Pool Table : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sundays 20.00. - last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Theoretically. - last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 January 2019 by Graham Coombs
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
  • WiFi : No last updated 28 April 2024 by Tris C
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