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Railway Bell, South Woodford

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The real ales are excellent with a selection from local breweries as well as Green King. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful when advising on them and what a range from light and citrus flavoured beers to lightly smoked porter. Good service and comfy chairs - what more do you want.
Holy_Bob - 19 Apr 2017 09:38
Amongst all this post Big Sam turmoil, we’ve watched the falling pound and the fluctuating banana, and the sun has still risen the next day

What we can’t have, though, is Fosters disappearing from our streets. Is it me or are there less FOSTERS taps about? When was the last time you heard two people at each other’s throats, debating the merits or flaws of the amber nectar. Never mind ‘voter shame’. Drinker apathy has taken told of us.

I believe that the BFB should commit to Congress, before this decade is out, to finding the worst pint of Fosters served in London, sending Crow to drink that pint, and then return him safely to South Woodford. We do these things not because they are easy but because they are HARD.

senberbex - 9 Nov 2016 14:39
Good beer - good pub! service appalling
Realalegez - 25 Jul 2016 14:50
Well, they finally got round to gentrifying the Railway and first impressions are good. And then you go inside.

What used to be a rather charming, down-at-heel sort of place has now been polished and scrubbed within and inch of its life and the old clientele supplanted with the twits that used to frequent Jets next door. A victory for the brewery, a Pyrrhic victory for the regulars.

Deafening TVs and terrible acoustics (due to large parts of the bar being tiled), means it's ear-bleedingly loud. And that's annoying cos I've got loads to say.


ClareBaldingsChin - 20 Jan 2016 15:12
If you like big screens showing footie that nobody is really watching, poor selection of ales, carpet that hasn't been replaced since the 70s, and loads of geezers in their workclothes going "oi, oi, savaloy" every two minutes then you are gonna be in heaven.
BeeBee69 - 8 Mar 2015 00:07
The only thing that puts me off this pub is being able to smell the toilets wherever you are. Quite obvious a lot of the patrons are on drugs and the staff don't appear to bat an eyelid. Ales seem to be very well looked after. Never had to return a pint and yes, Carl is a brilliant guy.
tedders83 - 17 Dec 2011 03:27
Nice atmosphere. Kronny 1664 is extremly cold though !! :-)
tortoise68 - 31 Jan 2011 12:57
Best pub in the area...Cheap drinks and food...Staff excellent...toilets leave a bit to be desired
thedrains - 13 Oct 2010 11:00
This is a decent enough place for a station pub and the Guinness I had was well served.

There are two hand pumps, one of which was serving up Pride and the other was unused during my visit. There is a pool table and a dartboard along with some plasma screens and Sky Sports. There is also a paved beer garden out the back with some covered seating.

I wouldnt make an effort to return here, but it would relieve some of the anger if the tube was screwed and I had to wait around for a while.
Strongers - 13 Jul 2009 15:28
A pub for all seasons and all ages (legal drinkers that is)

The guv'nor Carl is always welcoming

Bottoms up!
Weretooyoungtodie - 30 Jun 2009 23:16
Best barmaids in the area by far
raoulduke - 5 May 2008 22:36
Definitely an old mans pub. The staff are lovely but the owner certainly isnt, and likes to pick on customers for an argument/fight. Good prices but they don't serve any food even though they r supposed to
elena4 - 27 Mar 2008 21:42
as mentioned below. cheap beer , pool table , good football pub , mainly west ham but a few totts n gooners as well.
juke box , quiz machines.
pubs by stations are usually a bit dicey but the railway bell is a decent boozer.

lot of the older generation in there for the cheap meals and beer during the day , so it hasn't priced out the local community like most of the poncy chain / gastro pubs normally do.
slurper01 - 28 Aug 2007 15:54
nice pub, no airs and graces, cheap drinks and they've always got the big games on. handily placed for the tube and the great wing sing across the road.

if that's not encouragement enough, teddy sherringham wouldn't be seen dead in here. get in!
DavidWaspnest - 13 Jul 2007 17:04
was in last night for the football , im not a regular , cheap as chips 2.15 for a pint of fosters , good friendly bar staff , wasnt overly packed either and a mix of people , my only complaint was the smoking area , bit small n cramped , but this is a sign of the times i guess
overall not a bad pub , one pool table , one quiz machine , 4 fruit machines and about 5 big screens
worth a visit if local
romfordir - 12 Apr 2007 13:25
From the outside this looks like the sort of place where bad things happen to good people: but not a bit of it once you're inside. Cheap beer, cheery staff, sport on big screens, pool table, quiz machine, so what more do you need. Not what you'd call a cosy local, but if you want the comforting atmosphere of a boozer then this will provide it. One for blokes, not lads.
anonymous - 7 Jun 2006 15:25
Visited recently because of problems on central line and had to get off train at south woodford station. Not the worst pub I've ever been in, you get what you pay for. Friendly barstaff, Good Guinnes and a menu with meals on for about 3. Was quite happy there drinking my beer and watching the cricket on the big screen. Alas they got the trains running again and I had to continue my journey home. Not sure if I would get off the train to drink there again but Ok if u are close by.
Reginald_Guinness - 4 Apr 2006 11:04
Hmmm,handy for the tube and............
SWALLIEMAN - 6 Jan 2006 16:32
Has received unfair slack from other reviewers. A straightforward Wetherspoon-type value pub. Big screen, cheap beer, unobtrusive locals. Perfect for a quick pint on the way home from the tube station.
drbee - 23 Dec 2005 11:46
Decent enough pub. Down to earth and friendly. Bustling, yet with a relaxed laid back atmosphere. An assortment of working class entertainment - pool table, two games machines and two sports screens. A big working class local with excellent value meals for under 4.00
SilkTork - 9 Oct 2005 01:27
if you were to take the words lame and shit, then times them by would still not be close to how bad this pub is. it's a shame as the location is great (and it would be my local) but it's absolutely minging, too many denim jackets and cheap tattoo's complimented by bad decor and rubbish beer. out of ten i wouldn't even give this place a score
anonymous - 5 Aug 2005 15:22
Dingy, poorly decorated pub with a physiognomically ignorant governor, who is only interested in collecting a wage, without the complications of the job, i.e. customers and service
astonmartinmo1 - 11 Dec 2004 21:14
this is a terrible place full of lifeless people and a drab interior. Go round the corner to jets instead
john - 19 Oct 2004 19:26
The Queen Vic of South Woodford
Terry - 14 May 2004 11:22
Best pub in the area, IMHO. Staff are friendly, punters welcoming, and the beer's good.

Gets a bit smoky of an evening - but if you can forgive this, well worth a visit.
pete - 9 Dec 2003 08:24
More of an 'Old Man' pub, the Bell isn't the greatest pub in the world. The atmosphere is a bit dingy, but it's alright to watch the football.
Jaris - 7 Dec 2003 09:31
Next door to Jets wine bar and the first sight that greets you as emerge from the station on the Westbound platform exit. Decent enough pub with a good selection of beer and an amazing jukebox.
Chris - 1 Dec 2003 06:34

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