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Railway Inn, Shrewsbury

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This is one of those gems you find occasionally in rural England. We arrived to find the landlady chatting to a couple of locals in the car park, with absolutely no intention to open imminently. I would say that the pub is run more as a hobby and for the community, rather than a business these days. It has a couple of traditional rooms. No music here. Conversation rules. 2 ales were on - Sharps Doom Bar & Salopian Shropshire Gold. Real cider is no longer served. But they do have Stowford Export on keg. The locals seemed friendly. There aren't many examples like this left in England. Catch it while you can.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Aug 2013 18:58
Good to see this one is back in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide! :)
dpaajones - 21 Nov 2011 16:40
Nice, friendly locals rural pub serving decent ale. Close to the station, which is a request halt and has quite a good service till late on for somewhere so remote. Worth jumping off the train for though you have to tell the guard you're getting off there.
anonymous - 27 Oct 2011 16:46
Went here again for our bi-annual beer! Carling ok for the other half (strange lager drinking being), Salopian was good enough for me (proper beer drinking girlie). Nice little pub that clearly hasn't changed in years.
ThePrincess - 25 Apr 2011 15:46
Lovely beer as usual this Sunday, nice selection of local and not so local brews, landlady as cheerful as ever. Basic but very very nice.
ThePrincess - 24 Aug 2010 18:58
Used to go a lot to this pub when I lived in Cheshire, fantastic totally unspolit beerhouse next to Yorton station, no frills, just beer and conversation, and homemade sarnies on request. Its been in the same family for generations and despite being called the railway hotel, it never has been one.
Open fire, wooden tables, good local beer, conversation and dominoes, what more could a man ask for?
Hodge1 - 6 Oct 2009 09:13
Used to go a lot to this pub when I lived in Cheshire, fantastic totally unspolit beerhouse next to Yorton station, no frills, just beer and conversation, and homemade sarnies on request. Its been in the same family for generations and despite being called the railway hotel, it never has been one.
Open fire, wooden tables, good local beer, conversation and dominoes, what more could a man ask for?
Hodge1 - 6 Oct 2009 09:13
This pub has been a favourite of mine for years,even when i lived in the area i gave it regular visits. This is what a pub should be.. cracking Ale,conversation,darts and dominoes still prevail as do the doorstep sandwiches.If your an ardent Ale fan you will know and have heard of this fine watering hole,even if you haven't been.
james55westhead - 6 Oct 2009 08:38
Definitely one to make for this, located close to Yorton railway station, a request stop on the infrequent rail service between Shrewsbury and Crewe.

Externally, the pub resembles a private house and my mid-September lunchtime appearance here initially seemed to disconcert both the pub dog and the landlady in equal measure. Whilst the pub dog quickly fell silent, obviously immediately recognising a seasoned pub-goer, and resumed its slumber on the tiled floor, I sensed that the slight feeling of bewilderment that the landlady initially showed upon my arrival never entirely disappeared. Two elderly locals, who were engaged in lively conversation with the landlady, seemed somewhat less fazed at my calling in. Whilst it would be unfair to say that I felt unwelcome, I think I understand where Mr Trickydisco ( earlier posting - 7 April ) is coming from.

The small basic public bar, entered through a wooden latched door at the side of the house, has settles and a tiled floor. The walls are decorated with some framed CAMRA certificates and a large photograph of Shrewsbury Town FC 1950/51 on their entry to the Football League. Through this bar to the front of the house is a more comfortable room ( no separate bar counter ) with carpets and covered chairs, resembling someone's front living room. Of particular note in this room is a large cased stuffed fish weighiong 40lbs 4 oz and being approx 3 foot long.

There's no music, TV or other distractions here. There's also the obligatory outside toilets.

Beers on during my visit were Woods Shropshire Lad, Wadworths 6X and Salopian Hop Twister, the former being on good form at 2.20p. The pub has been a GBG regular in recent years.

This is definitely one to try to get to for the experience, but, if you're doing it by public transport it's quite challenging. It's less than 10 minutes on the train from Shrewsbury, but remember to tell the train conductor in advance that you want to get off !. Finally, at the risk of stating the obvious, do check both train times and pub opening hours carefully.
JohnBonser - 22 Sep 2009 18:09
Two roomed country pub that is unchanged in decades and hasn't gone down the foody route. It could easily be 50 years ago in here, with the place usually bustling with locals and 6 local beers and a real cider on handpump. Friendly service and a great atmopshere add to the charm. try to take the train out to Yorton if you can but the pub isn't always open so be sure to check- not much else to do round here nd the trains are quite infrequent!
Carlurmston - 28 Jul 2009 16:48
A very good village pub, great beers and dominos. A nice ham sandwich cos thats as complex as it gets and you wouldn' t want it any other way.
ThePrincess - 5 Jul 2009 19:29
Marvellous little pub in true Salopian countryside.

The landlady was being rushed off her feet when I called on a Friday lunchtime - the place was very busy indeed. And I'm not surprised why.

4/5 real ales, most from Shropshire. Food (bar food) served. Very basic, but that's all that's wanted. Long may the Railway be like this.
dpaajones - 17 Apr 2009 16:26
There cant be many places like this left in the country, A pub where you actually feel like you are visiting someone's home, one that is yet to make it in to the 20th century, with a roaring coal fire, darts and great beer. There are so many quirks about this place but its a gem, although it does help if you go with a regular, I don't think they get many "strangers" popping in

trickydisco - 7 Apr 2009 19:40
A wondreous pub.
Therealdickie - 20 Feb 2009 10:06
place my dad used during the war year when stationed at Shawbury
just as good now as then.
timmyscott - 23 Jan 2009 22:46
Railway station still in use (though it is a request stop now) and the villages of Clive and Grinshill nearby. A great spot for real ale.
dpaajones - 1 Jan 2009 20:11
For me the best pub for ale drinkers in the area,never been let down here,if your into real ale,and country side this is the place.and train service to boot on the doorstep.
james55westhead - 26 Jul 2008 14:59

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