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start of a mini pub crawl last night,4 beers on went for the oakham inferno,a beer I love,unfortunatly it was very tired and not too good.mate enjoyed his tim taylors landlord.
hoppyal - 12 Oct 2016 11:08
This used to be a very popular local boozer dispensing an excellent pint of Courage Directors bitter and normally full of friendly 'regulars'. Sadly on a recent visit, the Courage Directors was no longer being served - and neither were a lot of the friendly 'regulars' who I bumped into drinking in one of the other pubs in Cheam Village!!

Disappointing to see such a good pub seemingly going downhill. Also disappointing to see no guest ales being served on this particular visit. Only the two resident ales were being poured, despite five hand pumps being available.
oldstager - 2 Oct 2016 22:05
The Railway was our last pub of the day in South London and the best of 3 we tried in Cheam. Ales were Courage Best & Directors, Greene King Abbot, Sharps Atlantic & Windsor & Eton Parklife. The Abbot was fine and for some reason we rounded off the day with sambucas. This is a nice and cosy pub, albeit quite small and standing room only. Being next to the station makes it well located.
blue_scrumpy - 15 Nov 2015 18:19
Good couple of pints of ale in pleasant atmosphere.
pwilkins - 1 Oct 2015 10:14
Called in for a quick pint after the Surrey / Gloucester game finished early at Cheam Cricket Club ( with another good Surrey win ). Last here around 30 years ago and glad to see that The Railway has evolved so well. Had an excellent pint of Cotleigh IPA before catching the train.
MrWeeto - 6 Aug 2015 17:21
Fantastically friendly and welcoming pub. Pleasant locals good cold beer and nice log fire on cold nights. We'll worth a visit. Kids and dogs welcome. Small beer festival a couple of times a year and good live music once a month. Would recommend.
cheamender - 12 May 2015 16:22
Visited last Saturday was greeted by lively band and polite helpful bar staff. I was able to try the ale before purchase and was very impressed by the selection obviously kept well.
The pub had a great atmosphere, the manager was present and a very polite young chap he was too. Will be returning in not the not too distant future without a doubt.
Annon169 - 25 Jan 2014 12:23
I can see where the last two posters are coming from, but having popped in there on the way home a couple of times on the way home recently (i.e. early evening) I found it a really friendly place. The beer - Directors and Montys jailbreak, was pretty good
bongobilly - 9 Oct 2013 20:21
No longer a beer connaisseurs ale house, turning into an average larger drinking binge house. Sad to see it go this way

Can anyone help them out?
Bigveees - 31 Aug 2013 15:54
What a shame - beer quality suffering and selection of ales poor. The locals are the only thing that make this pub worth visiting and even some of them have been made to feel unwelcome by new management. Certainly not the friendly local boozer that it used to be and without a good pint on offer I will be going elsewhere.
greyhead1 - 31 Aug 2013 15:07
First time back in since September 12. Beer range not as good, Courage Best was fine apart from being a little warm.
pwilkins - 17 Jun 2013 15:14
Just been in to sample ales and observe the atmosphere, but seem to have wasted valuable drinking time! SIBA beers have disappeared in preference for average ales from standard listings. Pub chains must give their landlords more buying power or face cutting their own throats!
RogerP - 18 Mar 2013 19:07
Quality of drink does appear to be an issue but hopefully the new chaps can turn things round. Certainly enjoyed the free drink courtesy of Radio Cheam.
KittyChumley - 2 Jan 2013 20:55
Freshly tarted up by the new management team, they are learning the business the hard way! Some basic principles on beer conditioning yet to be established in their cellar policy.

In time I trust things will improve.
Bigveees - 11 Nov 2012 18:25
Recently under new management this lovely traditional boozer has been tastefully refurbished and improvements are still ongoing. Most of the staff are friendly and the new bosses are fun and often around the bar for a drink and a chat. Courage is still the regular beer but they always have 3 guest beers on and there is a new selection of Italian wines. Friendly, laid-back atmosphere with a real log fire. Perfect post dog walking stop off!
greyhead1 - 8 Nov 2012 15:35
Beer quality not as good since Neil left.
pwilkins - 19 Sep 2012 12:09
Great little pub in Cheam. Friendly barstaff who are more than happy to let you have samples of their regularly rotating ale selection. This normally has 3 regular ones and 3 guest ales each week. Generally these are all really well kept and even when they did slip up the other week and serve us 1 pint that had gone off they were quite happy to replace it. No fuss, no bother just happy to serve.
theoneandonlyjoe - 10 Sep 2012 15:51
good, decently priced booze. friendly staff and customers. fun quiz! shame about the lack of space.
amous - 19 Mar 2012 12:18
Dropped in on Saturday late afternoon, having visited occasionally over several years. This is a cracking little old fashioned boozer with lots of charm and a friendly atmosphere to boot. I had some lovely Courage Best and there were three other unusual or local ales on draught as well, although I didn't sample. Shame the fire wasn't lit, but I think it usually is at this time of year.
beer_monster_smudge - 19 Dec 2011 14:54
This pub has character in abundance. Thankfully you don't get the hoardes of rough lads that you can do in the Harrow on a Friday and Saturday evening.

Yes you'll struggle to get a seat due to it's small size but great bar staff, eccentric locals and a trouble-free atmosphere make this little boozer Cheam's best.

You'll never find an attractive young lady in here but stale ham rolls and smiles more than make up for that.
Heart_of_Gold - 26 Sep 2011 17:19
I was back here over christmas and the pub was as good as it has been for the past three years
Timbosxm - 16 Feb 2011 22:50
Locale beer fest on from 27/01/11 to 30/01/11
Should be worth a visit
pwilkins - 24 Jan 2011 13:04
A good atmosphere, nice and warm when its blizzard like outside, some fine ales. Great little pub.
snifter1 - 30 Dec 2010 14:12
I've been popping in here now for the last couple of months whilst my wife visits an osteopath. It's a great pub with a cosy, friendly atmosphere. The beer is always good but the Rosy Nosey I had last night was absolutely top class - I can't remember having thought a great deal of it before but here it was beuatiful, kind of auburn, malty and chewy and very, very drinkable. I wasn't the only one who thought so as a few were being quaffed around the pub - when it's snowing and settling outside it gives you a nice warm feeling.
owenjones - 21 Dec 2010 15:01
spent a couple of hours sunday night in here,twickenham autumn blaze was very good.the other 2 guest beers had gone.would of stayed longer but the autumn blaze went and only bass and best were left.shame they couldnt of cleaned the line and got some more beer on a bit quicker.apart from lack of beer on this visit,they have done a fantastic job in making this a very good pub.
anonymous - 23 Nov 2010 13:29
Although not perfect, like a fine wine this pub has been improving for sometime now and will endeavour to make steps forward whilst under a good management team. Quirky at times with some special people drinking here its worth checking out while in the village!
Bigveees - 3 Sep 2010 00:32
Fab place that I take guests to. Cosy and welcoming is the word with a sleepy black cat. Although the loos could do with some investment and another beer on offer.
Fart - 29 Jun 2010 11:37
It's a great place, they have it just right.
edwardalves54 - 24 Jun 2010 04:17
This is a cosy and friendly pub where locals and strangers alike are welcomed. There is always a good selection of real ales on tap and I personally have never experienced a bad pint in here. Keep up the good work guys!
CaitMassey - 3 Jun 2010 16:17
Much improved local. Beer quality very good, but why the hour wait between beers?
pwilkins - 26 May 2010 09:27
this pub has dramatically improved over the last couple of years, and this is due to neal and zoe's hard work and dedication in turning the place around. they really look after their regulars, and are very welcoming and helpful to all their customers. they only this week have started serving food, which is very good pub fare, all homemade too!! certainly the best place to drink in cheam.
liongirl - 29 Apr 2010 14:03
Splendid and tremendous.
KittyChumley - 29 Dec 2009 14:59
After visiting the excellent Prince of Wales I found this pub next to the railway station (funnily enough) and wasn't expecting this to be as good thanks to the high standard of the above. However that very swiftly changed as the ladies behind the bar are very friendly and they have a couple of guest beers on tap which were superb. The pub also has a lovely homely feel, as with the POW, and there are a couple screens showing sport. Again very reasonably priced and they do rolls aswell for a quick bite to eat. Great stuff!
Oakman100 - 15 Nov 2009 16:10
This place continues to improve
Timbosxm - 12 Aug 2009 02:58
Visited just recently Broadguage was excellent.
retiree - 12 Jul 2009 12:27
Popped down there last night to sample Ray Welton's 'Ewell Sticks,' seasonal bitter.
Hadn't been racked - so out of luck - but Pilgrim's 'Moild' Mild absolutely delicious.
Never been there before, but friendly little pub & the landlord was more than helpful. Nt high profile but everyting pubs used t be - very nice.
OldQuaffer - 19 May 2009 16:21
A great traditional pub with a good selection of both ales. Courage Best and Directors as regulars and always a strong and a light guest ale.
Good choice of wines and a warm fire in the winter with coffee to rival any coffee shop.
The regulars are always friendly as there's a good mix of both young and old at most times.
The owners have done much to improve the pub since taking over a short while ago and make this a friendly welcoming lace for a quick drink or a long evening.


Keldin - 8 Apr 2009 21:06
Better than everGood beer nice prices Friendly Hosts Thanks.See you again
retiree - 19 Mar 2009 23:47
Since the new owners Neil and Zoe took over this pub has improved immensely! They serve good real ale and have created a friendly welcoming atmosphere to attract new drinkers without alienating the regulars. They make a real effort to listen to peoples comments and try hard to improve the place. For a friendly pub with a real fire, real ale and lovely owners and staff; The Railway can't be beaten in the village! Well done guys, keep up the good work!
greyhead1 - 5 Mar 2009 16:14
Lovely stuff. An entertaining and eclectic crowd.
KittyChumley - 31 Jan 2009 15:27
Much improved. Beers good, prices good, service good. Real fire. Gets quite crowded. Friendly.
johnbabercomb - 13 Jan 2009 21:21
I like this pub,Its quaint a typical drinking mans pub.The last I visited Iwas made very welcome,I was offered a 'taster' of the guest ale.which iI believe was Wainwrights very enjoyable.The courage best was also very moreish.Worth a visit,and handy for the railway station.The bus 470 stops near by..
retiree - 19 Dec 2008 14:52
Pretty good. Management are decent
Timbosxm - 6 Aug 2008 21:27
Is this a hotel?? I thought the barmaid was just being friendly
MrKennedy - 11 Mar 2008 13:55
A funny thing has happened to The Railway - over the last five years or so it's gone from being one of the least good pubs in Cheam, to the best! Simply because all the others have had all character, atmosphere,and distictiveness (and even the locals) ripped out of them in the name of 'refurbishment'. Meanwhile The Railway has remained as it always was - an unassumming, fairly uninteresting standard local pub. The only change has been the awful red walls and ceiling have been painted white, giving a more airy feel, and there are year-round fairy lights round the top of the bar area(why?). There's a group of locals, which is comforting - any half-decent pub should have them - harmless old lags who've been going here for twenty plus years, and the bar staff seem friendly.
discerningdan - 21 Feb 2008 19:01
Jury's out on this pub. Pretty middling. Beer and service good and atmosphere reasonable. Spoilt by customer bringing in his 5 year old boy and leaving him on his own whilst drinking at the other end of the bar.
lyeemoon - 26 Jan 2008 20:17
While this pub can be quite cliquey its a welcome change from the winebar attitude where one is crossquestioned what one had for breakfast before even taking a sip.Its either that or being bored to tears about the latest gossip or the antics of the barmy bloody army.Who cares?There was a lively local crowd here and service was as quick as some of the wit.We actually enjoyed the atmosphere.Just the tonic before or after a train journey.We'll be back for more of same!Much improved!
livelyjoe - 18 Jan 2008 01:21
Stopped in here at the weekend for the first time in quite a while....well done! Really friendly atmosphere, beer tasted great. Whatever you're doing, keep it up!
beebrox - 16 Jan 2008 13:19
I have visited this pub on many occasions for a quick drink and have ended up staying due to the friendliness of customers, the last owners couldnt keep there differences to them selves and gave the customers and village people plenty to gossip about.. It may be oldy woldy but you were always made to feel comfortable,The new owners took over last week and i popped in to have my "quick drink" very friendly and i did noticed mum was keen to talk to the customers whilst Zoe and neal were keen to talk to there mates, Neal was friendly enough and have alot of ideas for the place which i think will out all us lot for a much younger hip crowd,I just hope they remember Cheam Village is a village.
Good luck guys
anonymous - 27 Nov 2007 14:28
Me again, I'm assuming this pub doesn't get allot of posts as the regulars are still trying to work out how those new fangled contraptions called TVs work. I know I take the piss about this place but even I thought painting the place so it looked like an undertakers was a touch insensitive to the regulars. I mean come on how do you think Bert and Ernie feel when they walk through the door, the next think you know the land lord/lady will start wearing a long black hooded cloak and be holding a scythe. I'm sure there's no truth to the rumour that the real undertakers round the corner opparates a cab service just for this pub, just in case. Apparently they don't ring the bell for last orders in case it startles the locals they just give them a gentle tap on the shoulder and hope they get some sort of response. It's simply one of the oddest pubs I know off, but what the hell if the locals are happy then good luck to them, they’re gonna need it.
lazy - 21 Jun 2007 15:50
For some reason that i can not remember or work out i went in here on New years eve 1999 (yep the millenium.) It felt like it was 1899 to be honest, stayed for one and went else where and have never been back. Walked past numerous times and it hasn't changed one bit. Each to thier own i suppose but you expect to see Rick Mayle sitting in the corner and the land lord/lady to tell you not to go to Non such park after dark. Truely a place caught in a time warp.
lazy - 6 Feb 2007 09:54
Hello colourshifter - I just seem to remember it being a bit more friendly, busy and "clubbable". Of course, It is quite possible that my rose tinted specs are on here....!
hotrods - 4 Nov 2006 09:23
Whilst this is a 'strange pub' in contrast to a lot of others, it's not unfriendly despite this being a locals pub. It's very small and quirky; it always makes me smile but my sons feel uncomfortable here..... I can't remember it changing in more than 20yrs,so I'd be interested to know what 'hotrods' remembers of it.
Colourshifter - 26 Aug 2006 21:55
The finest old man pub in Cheam. Shabby, expensive, and with a core clientele of committed drinkers who are often keen to strike up good-natured conversation, it is nevertheless miles better than the Cheam competition for a simple drink. Uncrowded, has good Courage, has been known to have decent Ruddles County, and an OK whisky selection. Definitely chav free. You gotta love it.
anonymous - 3 Aug 2006 18:53
It's being decorated.
Maybe they will serve food or change the sign?
Not unfreindly.

johnbabercomb - 9 Jul 2006 18:28
oh, i meant the curry house make 'mistakes' with the bills, not the pub.
pianoman - 18 Apr 2006 18:55
Visited one sunday lunchtime - very quiet, and not the place I remember from 10 years ago!
hotrods - 2 Apr 2006 10:11
The above comment about the beer is rubbish. The pub serves the finest pint of Courage Best in the area.
John Goodall - johnxgoodall@hotmail.com - 23 May 2004 15:51
Friendly regulars and staff. Let down by sticky carpet and poor choice of beers. Courage best always tastes watered down. Try Prince of Wales 5min walk away.
j - 13 Nov 2003 15:15
Nice little pub, good for lunch with fair prices.
Seisbye - 13 Nov 2003 09:03
a real pub ,no music,the locals are very friendly , good golf society.delicious roast potatoes sunday lunchtime.
chris - 10 Jul 2003 16:17

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