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Railway Tavern, Carshalton

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Lovely little very friendly traditional pub close-ish to the station (though on the 'wrong' side as it were). 3 real ales available.
Trev - 3 Nov 2019 16:01
Unfriendly pub with racist undertones
shiller - 4 Oct 2018 09:53
Good beer and a handsome pub for sure but when you walk in the piano stops playing.*

Nice beer garden but for some reason not the most welcoming atmosphere.

*Metaphorically speaking ladies and gentlemen.
terenced - 18 Feb 2016 13:31
Homely corner plot Fuller's pub very close to the station, so it was the perfect place to head to after football on a Monday night in late October.

Monday night at 10pm and it's packed inside mainly I assume because the quiz was on. The last time I was in the area at another pub around this time it was also quiz night and was busy!

A decent selection of Fuller’s ales on the taps, my pint of Red Fox was adequate at best. Kept well just not a very good pint.

Not a great deal to say other than the Railway seems to be a honest locals pub that’s worth a stop to or from the station.
lezford - 30 Nov 2015 13:37
A GREAT PUB, WELL RUN AND VERY FRIENDLY. THE BEER IS SPOT ON AND
QUITE A FEW BITTERS AVAILABLE. THE LANDLADY HAS TURNED IT ROUND
AND IT IS A PLEASURE TO DRINK IN THERE. I FOUND THE STAFF VERY
SOCIABLE AND ACTUALLY WANT TO TALK TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
beefyboy - 20 Jul 2015 07:54
heard the railway is shut!!!! shame it had 3 vrey good governors in 40 years and 3 bad ones in only 2 years!!! FULLERS YOU SHOULD GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!!!! Used to be a blinding pub
windmill2014 - 1 Apr 2014 15:15
Popped in last night for the first time in a couple of years - perfectly good beer as ever - choice of Pride, ESB and a Fullers autumn beer called Red something. Nice friendly staff and a decent crowd in for a Wednesday night. Nice cosy pub.
Canarywharf - 13 Sep 2013 11:22
One of those pubs where everything stops when you walk in (or stumble in - mind the high step at the front). Six handpulls are in existence and all feature London Pride. Nevertheless this is a nice locals pub with plenty of railway photos and memorabilia on the walls, plus a few pictures from the 1966 World Cup in one corner. I always hope that pubs like this continue to survive. They're always good for local communities and are far better than some of the soleless establishments we see too often these days. Probably wouldn't return due to the limited ale range. But good luck to it.
blue_scrumpy - 21 May 2013 19:51
This pub could be so good, if the beer was kept properly and it didn't have the usual assortment of dodgy-looking herberts grunting and swearing at the bar. Fuller's should be ashamed of themselves - I won't be going back!
Greedyboy - 11 Jul 2011 10:34
Visited this place on Sunday afternoon after reading reasonable reviews, and have to say I won't be going back.

Atmosphere is non-existent, beer was poorly kept (both Pride and ESB). No sign of other Fullers staples. How they won 'best cellar 2009' escapes me.

Clientele was largely made up of mono-syllabic football watchers, and as a previous post mentions, there are 5 TVs in the bar. At least it means the Orcs don't need to move to see a screen.

The landlord looked like he'd just crawled out of bed, but the clincher was when the landlady dumped a basket full of washing in the bar then cleared off for a fag. That was the cue to leave.

If I had to give a one word statement, it would be 'avoid'.
CJ_the_Vampire - 7 Feb 2011 19:12
Capable, rather basic little suburban pub, handily placed for the railway station,Fuller's London Pride was well kept (but is the cellar really the best in the South-East?? Wow!), Modest and unassuming place which accommodated visiting football fans graciously on my Saturday lunchtime visit.
mpeteracmoor - 23 Oct 2010 22:50
A decent little pub, with good beer. Let down by the opening hours.
Barbeerian - 26 Aug 2010 21:12
A Fullers pub they had Seafarers, London pride and ESB on, but no sign of Discovery or Chiswick. The Seafarers was good, and at a decent price of 2.70 a pint. Sarnies priced less than 3 were also a good bet. The pub looks good from the outside, with numerous well-tended hanging baskets on show. The interior is also clean and comfortable; carpeted throughout, with normal tables and chairs, and some stools. There are no less than five small(ish) TVs spread around the walls of this one-room pub, but thankfully none were on during my weekday lunchtime visit. The walls are adorned, as you would expect, with plenty of railway memorabilia. The inevitable games and fruit machines were also present, but for some reason they werent imposing enough to detract from the quiet atmosphere of this decent little pub probably because nobody was playing them and thus they were forced to remain silent. Theres also a small beer garden, being used by a handful of smokers during my visit.

Basically, it seems to be a decent, well-run little pub. I would be very happy to drop in for a pint if I find myself in Carshalton again.
RexRattus - 10 Sep 2009 22:26
Cosy if small pub, but it sounds like its got its kudos and honors

Was a brief visit on a rainy early evening, but was quaint, fairly packed with supposed regulars im guessing

A return would be welcome. The pub quiz MUST be defeated, so says the regime!
the_original_rawnsleys - 12 Feb 2009 09:57
The Tavern is a fine example of a quality hostelry.
Smart, clean and friendly without being at all pretentious. Being a Fullers pub, the beer is decent, service friendly.

Terenced gives a warm and affirming handshake.

terenced - 12 Feb 2009 08:12
From last week's Sutton Guardian:

A Landlord and landlady are having a few drinks on the house after their pub was named best in the south east.

Jackie and Trevor Gingell received the award for the best cellar after an award panel visited their Carshalton pub and deemed their cellar the best kept and cleanest they had seen.

The couple, who have been running the Railway Tavern in Carshalton for 13 years, are delighted to have their hard work recognised.

Mrs Gingell said: We are so happy to have won the award, especially from a trade magazine. It is extra special when you are praised by experts in the industry.

The Morning Advertiser, the pub trades magazine, presented the award to the Gingellss at a glitzy award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel. Mrs Gingell said: The ceremony was wonderful, although we didnt get to stay for the night, the evening itself was fantastic.

Described as a real locals pub, the homely feel of the Tavern didnt go unnoticed by the judges. They were really impressed with the whole place, they inspected the cellar and then had a look around the whole pub and they really liked it.

Its a really family pub, our daughter Louise, 22 always helps out around the bar, she is at the age where she can really appreciate the pub environment - well, its contents anyway.
Alph_river - 16 Oct 2008 17:21
Shame it's closing; it was one of the better ones. Might make the others sit up a bit - if the Railway can't cope in these hard times, how will the rest survive?
holidayman - 11 Oct 2008 23:26
Well kept Fullers beers in a traditional street-corner local. Well worth a visit for a couple of pints of very fine Pride.
Cheers
Alph_river - 17 Aug 2008 12:51
Nice pub. Clean, service good and quality London Pride. Pleasant ambience.
lyeemoon - 11 Apr 2008 18:31
Best and most consistently well served beer in Carshalton with special marks for Pride and, in the summer, Discovery. Really tasty pint and nice small garden to sup in during the warm weather. Interesting decor (if you don't mind trains) and always friendly with numerous (small) tv screens to watch sports on. Good place to take Sunday papers to, with the advantage of the Mogul Tandoori next door for supper.
stevosgloriosus - 10 Feb 2008 21:44
great beer in this friendly local, the london pride is the best for miles
scaramanger - 4 Feb 2008 17:41
Another Carshalton pub with high quality beer served flat and not too cool - lovely interior and friendly.
mtaylor40 - 1 Feb 2008 21:55
Its ok. Small and cosy. The main reason you should always visit this pub is that the beer is served really well.
markyhb - 19 Dec 2007 08:51
Best feature of this pub is a local called Stumpy! What a legend!!
BoozeJockey - 3 Aug 2007 16:06
lovely pub with a lovely garden and some well kept beers. very nice place to go with family.
blanksight - 27 Jul 2007 14:49
Like many pubs in the area, men tend to be the dominant demographic. Not that this is a bad thing but I wonder where all the Carshalton women are?

I find this pub to be a pleasant enough little place. The staff seem friendly and I think the ale is well kept. The Discovery is nice and crisp.

I don't think 2.75 for a pint is unreasonable at all.
AleKing - 20 Jul 2007 11:27
Had a pint of pride last night..cack...then had a pint of ESB...cack!...at 3.10 for ESB I wanted it to be made of gold dust...sadly it wasnt , so i went down The Little Windsor insead...

Its a pity because last time i was in( 2 weeks ago) the ESB was knockout! ( still 3.10 a pint though :-( )

I get the impression was the beer was put on to early
Tobias10 - 19 Jul 2007 09:42
This place is okay,wine list a bit limited but is quite a freindly pub. The garden outside has a pond I think with some plastic frogs etc..
anonymous - 27 Jun 2007 13:52
Fantastic Pub but 2.75 for a pint of Pride? no wonder its half empty
mhartes - 22 Jun 2007 11:29
My pint of London Pride was absolutley first class. As good as served at their brewery in Chiswick !
Tom_Cat - 9 Sep 2006 10:43
Very nice quiet pub, but quite expensive!
gold76 - 17 Feb 2006 09:54
Pleasant pub, always neat and clean. Hardly a buzzing atmosphere, but it's a nice place to have a quiet few pints. And the beer is absolutely top notch - had a fair few helpings of the ESB, Pride and some of the guest ales and they've never let me down. I can understand the "Master Cellarman" tag!
ChrisBass - 8 Dec 2005 17:28
If the "landlord and his family" who have been there for years are the same people I remember (no names, no pack drill) giving up their pub cleaning business to take over this pub in the 90s, I'm not surprised that the above comments are favourable.

They worked BLOOMING hard to make a go of this place in their early days and deserve their success. I know, cos I helped them out at times. Good on yer, guys!

toffee_exile - 2 May 2005 10:13
Fantastic pub. Good atmosphere. Generally friendly locals. Pleasant Landlord who obviously takes care of his beer.

This is the best pint of Pride you will drink within a five mile radius.

If you love your beer and want a nice quiet pint in a nice quiet pub, go here!
Dearnesman - 27 Mar 2005 16:01
I agree it is a first rate example of a Fuller's pub. The beers are nearly always perfect, it is a pleasant room, and the landlord has been there for years - he and his family obviously know how to run a good pub.

My only gripe is the price of Fullers beer there. Getting practically no change from 6 for two beers in Carshalton (zone 5) is disappointing.
samslatter - 16 Nov 2004 10:31
Excelent pub especially if you are a beer drinker - landlord has won 'Fullers Best Master cellarman' for three years in a row.Good garden area.
Julie Madigan - 23 Aug 2004 13:13

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