The Railway Tavern is a lovely local pub serving up good food in huge portions.
The Railway Tavern is a decent-sized pub placed right by New Barnet Station. There’s a lovely, heated patio out the back and a bouncy castle on summer Sundays in the garden. There’s parking around the side for customers, so designated drivers always have a place to leave their carriage. There are eight big HD television screens placed around the pub, plus a small one in a little booth, playing all the football as well as golf, boxing, cricket and rugby. There are tons of seating options, as well as disabled access and a baby changing facility. There may be a number of other pubs in close vicinity, but the Tavern is easily the best.
This is very much a locals’ pub, with friendly staff and a regular crowd. But the regulars don’t mind new faces popping in. Littered with TVs - even in the men’s loos (not in the ladies’ though) - you’ll never miss a football match. Despite all the TVs and the football shirts lining the walls, it doesn’t have the traditional, aggressive feel associated with sports bars. This is due in large part to the fact that the Tavern is family-friendly, with childhood joy filling the air on Sundays in the summer when the bouncy castle is out - after all, everyone likes a bouncy castle. The bar is quite big and the staff are on the ball, so you never have to wait too long for a drink. There are no airs or graces - this is just a friendly boozer with lovely staff.
Grab some traditional pub food or specials daily from 11am until 8pm. The menu is vast, jam-packed with traditional pub foods. There’s nothing ‘gastro’ about this place. Order a ploughman’s lunch for £5.50 (veggie) or £6.50 (meat), nachos for £4.95 or some curry chips for £2.95. The ‘light bites’ section is a whole lot bigger than the name suggests, with enough chicken goujons (£4.15) to fill you up. If you get there early, there’s a full English for £5.75, or a veggie version for £5.25. Both breakfasts come with toast or chips, which seems like an odd choice for breakfast. They’ve also got a selection of burgers and pastas on the menu. Service is fast and friendly, and everything tastes great.
Prices at the Tavern aren’t bad. You can get three drinks for under a tenner in some cases, which is pretty good by London standards. There are three real ales on tap (Bombardier, Eagle and Young’s), Guinness and a selection of the standard lagers you’d expect.
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Quite easily the best pub in the East/New Barnet area.