The Railway Bell between Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill is a brewery-owned pub that, with its backstreet location, could leave you thinking that this is a local for locals that is best avoided. But this cosy Victorian pub may just surprise you.
The Railway Bell has got the local pub feel but without the pretentions that many other nearby pub refurbishments have. It also lacks the grot of many backstreet pubs that, rather than being charmingly worn, are just plain worn out. It balances well between the two trends. There are fireplaces perfect for those winter nights when some cosiness is required, and to the rear it has a large patio garden area for the summer months.
This is essentially a local, with its location not really seeing a great deal of one-off passing trade. There’s a dartboard, regular quiz nights and poker nights, as well as other events.
Well priced, traditional pub grub of the fish and chips and steak and chips variety is an offering that Young’s has across its many pubs. It’s hardly gastro pub fare, but with a focus on British produce that is free range and sustainable where possible, it’s hearty pub fare that we all know and love.
As a Young’s pub, you’ll find plenty of the brewery’s own beer on the bar, such as Directors, Waggledance or just a pint of Best. There are also often guest ales from the likes of Sambrook’s, local to south London. As you’d expect, there is a choice of spirits and wine by the glass.
The Last Word
This Gipsy Hill boozer is unlikely to satisfy those looking for a gastro pub feel and menu, but it will definitely please those hankering for a local pub vibe.