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Address: 14 Cawnpore Street, Norwood, London, SE19 1PF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11712) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Gipsy Hill (0.2 miles), Crystal Palace (0.6 miles), Sydenham Hill (0.8 miles)

Brewery: Young's

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> Current user rating: 7.5/10 (rated by 22 users)
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Gipsy Hill Tavern, Upper Norwood (0.1 miles), Beer Rebellion, Gipsy Hill (0.1 miles), Black Sheep Bar, Crystal Palace (0.2 miles), Colby Arms, Crystal Palace (0.2 miles), Royal Albert, Crystal Palace (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Railway Bell, Crystal Palace

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This is an excellent Youngs Pub, very popular with locals. Not much passing trade, as it's located down the Hill from Crystal Palace (towards Gypsy Hill), sonot the most fun walk back. Always have Youngs Bitter and Special on, bottles of Light Ale and Ram Rod also available.
There's a fish tank around the back, plenty of books to read.
southlondonbeero - 31 Dec 2016 12:22
Great pub with top staff. You'll never wait long to be served and the quality of the ales is spot on. They have several well placed screens for sport plus they still provide two large cheese platters free to one and all during Sunday lunch. Couldn't be better.
drum2000 - 14 Dec 2014 17:10
The Railway Bell is a re-tick for me as I came here on Bank Holiday Monday evening to watch football on the tele with a few pals.

My first visit here in May 2013 was on a Saturday lunchtime when the pub was half empty but what a difference visiting on a busy evening makes, this is a very decent back street Young’s pub, friendly and efficient bar maid, nice atmosphere and more importantly well kept beers.

The 3 of us each enjoyed 3 pints of Young’s ordinary and each pint was good as the last.

I will return again, cracking little pub that just need more customers and a few of my pals.

lezford - 9 May 2014 09:27
This is a great little pub. We too visited, as we'd seen the entry in the 2013 Good Beer Guide. You wouldn't know the pub was here, if you hadn't heard about it. Indeed, the lady behind the bar was surprised to see us shortly after opening at midday yesterday. She inquired as to how we knew about the place. The pub is a proper old fashioned backstreet boozer predominantly used by locals. Very comfortable with everything I'd look for in a pub. The only exception being the ales (a fairly major point)! I've never been a fan of Youngs beers and only the Ordinary and Special were on. Neverthless, I'd encourage a visit here if you can. The service was friendly. The atmosphere, despite being quiet, was spot on and the corned beef and ham rolls served with a locally made chutney (from the tomato plant in the garden) went down a treat. Sorry we only left the cheese ones for any later visitors!
blue_scrumpy - 10 Nov 2013 13:18
First impressions made me think why this pub was in the 2013 beer guide.

Tired looking decor, Young's special and bitter plus Wells Bombardier on pump and a landlord that after taking my money tried to give it to another punter...there were only another 4 people in the bar!!

The walls are adorned with Railway engine pictures, good if you like that sort of thing.

To be honest my experience in here was fine but I have been in much better kept pubs with a better atmosphere that haven't made the guide so I am slightly stumped....still not all the pubs in the guide are there on appearance its about the whole package and maybe I missed that on my 1st and possibly last visit.

lezford - 2 May 2013 13:42

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