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The Railway Hotel, Southend on Sea - pub details

Address: 32 Clifftown Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 1AJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 40813) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Southend Central (0.1 miles), Southend Victoria (0.4 miles), Westcliff (0.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 8.1/10 (rated by 10 users)
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Very nice indeed. A quirky but old style pub with lovely parquet flooring and a long wood pannelled bar. 4/5 well kept ales, mainly from Adnams. It had a nice wine list as well, with some tables ordering bottles with their food (which looked pretty good). Seems like a bit of an artsy hub and all in all came as a very welcome surprise on a trip to Roots Hall.
plymouthpirate - 4 Aug 2013 15:51
The stand out pub of Southend. Real ales, good music played straight from vinyl records, classic decor. Was impressed that the new pub sign features Wilko from Dr. Feelgood.
Richard_ReadingFC - 1 Jul 2013 10:34
We called in here for a few drinks on Friday afternoon, 24 May - and we stepped back in time: 1970s music played using records, eclectic decor making good use of the wonderful Art Nouveau features in the pub, friendly clientele, excellent quality beer (I had Adnams) served in full pints by friendly and efficient bar staff - and all at reasonable prices. Fantastic - it's hard to imagine a better pub.
StudioM - 28 May 2013 09:47
I like this pub and have visited it several times to watch the live music and drink the very decent ale. It's all good and the clientele fine also with a few more mature women dropping by on occassion to hunt out the young, available meat. Fine building, plenty of history and a splendid facade, olden furniture look inside and the guy behind the bar does try with the ale and keeps it good. I'd go back anytime, fine place.
Mcloj - 17 Oct 2011 11:43
I have to say, I was amazed to read that this pub has been refurbished because it looked to me like it's not been touched in decades! It's a big ol' pub with a shabby wooden floor, disused cocktail bar and ancient chairs/tables - not what I was expecting. However, it has a charm of its own, even if a little odd. Old 33rpm records were being played and there was an eclectic of punk/artist types when we visited, including an eccentric gentleman who was sporting the sort of hat only the mother of a bride would wear, complete with netting.

To be fair, we sought out this pub not for its decor, clientele or drinks (though if you want an orange juice it'll be freshly squeezed), but because we'd heard it had a vegetarian menu and on that score we were not disappointed. Prices were reasonable and portions good. As for the grub itself, it was absolutely delicious. For this reason I'd say that first impressions are deceiving, because while it might not look a bit rough round the edges, its food makes it a hidden gem. We travelled a fair way to try lunch at the Railway Hotel but we'll definitely be back.

I'd score it 10 for the food and 4 for the decor, but the food outweighs the surroundings so it's an 8.
poorlittlefish - 26 Sep 2011 13:03

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