The Railway information

The Railway is a classic pub which draws clients who want to unwind after work aswell as tourists. Classic pub fare is served together with a choice of beers, wines, spirits and more than 100 guest ales a year. Entertainment at The Railway includes fruit machines.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

08:00 - 00:00


08:00 - 00:00


08:00 - 00:00


08:00 - 00:00


08:00 - 01:00


08:00 - 01:00


09:00 - 00:00

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The Railway reviews

By Andrew M.

The Railway is a run down pub with lots of dirty old men and it could also do with a good clean. The drinks at The Railway are cheap, but you pay for it with the cheap booze hangover. One redeeming feature is the little train that goes around the top of the pub.

By Karen B.

The food is average and bland at best.The food is frozen, not fresh. We were amazed to see a chip moving across the carpet, seemingly on it's own. On closer inspection we could see that the chip was being dragged along by a mouse.When I told a member of staff he didn't seem surprised and just shrugged. It can take forever to get served at the bar and the service isn't very friendly. The beer is cheap, but there isn't a good atmosphere - a combination of old men/rowdy students. I won't be going there again in a hurry.

By Ivor P.

New Manager in here and hes changed so much by making more areas for dining, especially upstairs its great with its flickering red candles and cosy atmosphere i love it, the staff are alot more helpful the place was before a bit depressing, but now there has been a lot of changes to the layout and it was a fantastic night good crowd from Thursday onwards right central to putney I would recommend definitely

By Tacita V.

The Railway is a large pub offering a great selection of cheap beers but sacrificing on the atmosphere. While unimpressive for the most part, it is still a good destination for an unfussy beer connoisseur.

The Venue
On the site of the old Railway Hotel and dating back to 1880, The Railway is a large pub spread across two floors, boasting a raised seating area, booths, game machines and big screen for sporting events on the ground floor. There’s also a second large bar, couches and a good-sized dining area upstairs. To connect the two floors, there’s a staircase complete with stained glass window. The furniture, constant throughout, is in the typical old-time pub style and, all in all, is not worth much notice. The place is bright, thanks to the many windows, and functional: good for a quick meal, an evening of drinking or a meeting with friends.

The Atmosphere
The large size of The Railway imposes a supermarket-like service and, as such, the staff appear pretty impersonal. Punters are often caught in casual conversation but do not expect oozes of atmosphere coming out of this place: it just isn’t there, not even when sports heat up the room. The crowd is made entirely of Putney residents with different age groups represented - weekdays see an older crowd but when the weekend arrives, groups of twenty-to-thirtysomethings flock in for a bite over a cheap pint.

The Food
The food is quite a bargain but the quality of the industrial dishes, barely heated on the premises, leaves a lot to be desired. The menu, cleverly highlighting food suitable for nut and gluten intolerances and even pointing out how many of your fruit and veggies five-a-day each dish provide, is trying very hard to disguise the cheap processing but will not fool your tastebuds. At least you have quite a large choice of traditional sandwiches (£2.70-£3.70), steaks and grills (£5.50-£9), salads (£4-£5.50) and pastas (£5.60-£6). The mains (£5-£7) are a mixture of pub grub and international favourites meant to satisfy any craving.

The Drink
The good news is that the beer list is long and structured and that a couple of pints (or more) will not set you back considerably. The selection is seasonal but you can periodically treat yourself to a Kirin (Japan), Efes (Turkey), Tyskie (Poland), Kozel (Czech), Koppaberg cider or the traditional ales Welton’s Oloharry, Courage Best Bitter, Village Idiot and many more. Prices are rock bottom with a pint of lager on draught starting from only £2.20, ales in the £1.80-£2 range and bottles of global beer a real steal at £2.25.

Wanting to provide it all (but not excelling in anything but the beer selection), The Railway offers cocktails, wine - including the scary Fetzer offered on draught - and many spirits: quite a paradise for the cheap drinker.

The Last Word
The Railway isn't likely to leave a lasting impression on you but is good for a beer.

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