The Railway Hotel, Streatham

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Call this a review in progress, as on our brief lunchtime visit only one of the two bars was open. But one of the warmest welcomes we have had at a new venue and the clean, smart yet comfortable lines and mix of wooden tables and chairs and big comfortable banquettes bodes well. The charming Italian barman sang the praises of the impressive looking food menu and of the "lovely people" who pack the place out at weekends. The other barman then sprang into action as two mothers with pushchairs came in, holding the door, helping them sort out the buggies and taking their drinks order at the table. The curmudgeonly among us may question whether child-friendly is a plus of a minus, but the place is big enough to find tranquillity in an opposite corner to enjoy the well kept Adnams. On first sight The Railway could be that rare beast: a station pub worth visiting.
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28 Sep 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Railway has recently been taken over by Parched Ltd., an independent pub company with strong links to South London and a passion for running great neighbourhood pubs. As with its sister venues- The Roebuck and The Trinity in Borough, and The Montpelier in Peckham Rye- The Railway will be focusing on delicious, locally sourced food, handpicked Wines from around the World, quality European Beers and Lagers and a selection of London brewed Ales.
The Railway always favours small independent producers over internationally dominant brands, with high quality, small batch products such as Four Roses Bourbon, Hendricks Gin, El Dorado Rum and Sipsmiths Vodka all taking pride of place on the spirits shelf.
Our wines, selected and supplied by Albion Wines of Bloomsbury, are all Old World and again come from small independent producers. As well as fantastic offerings by the glass we have a superb selection of bottles.
Real Ales have been enjoying a real renaissance over the past few years, with London leading the charge when it comes to independent breweries. Such is the high standard of brewing in the Capital we're happy to only serve London brewed ales, with Sambrooks, Meantime, Twickenham and Redemption amongst those breweries appearing on our pumps.
We are Passionate about serving good quality local produce here at The Railway, and have sourced the finest Free Range and Organic Meat delivered direct from the Farmer Andrew at Gillwing Farm in East Sussex. As with any venture that counts care and quality amongst its key principles, it is important to us to support our British Farmers, to use Fish and Seafood which is sourced sustainably, and to provide a seasonally informed Menu.

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2 Greyhound Lane, Streatham, London, SW16 5SD
020 8835 0307
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Overview

The Railway is a much loved local in the heart of Streatham Common. After changing hands a number of times in recent years, the pub was in much need of some care and attention; under a new ownership the pub has been refurbished and rejuvinated, transforming The Railway into a comfortable, community focussed boozer.

 

The Railway specialises in London brewed Real Ales, serving up Sambrooks, Redemption and Meantime as well as regular guests. The wine, supplied by Albion Wines in Bloomsbury, is all Old World, with delicious drops from France, Italy and Spain available by the glass or bottle. There's a great selection on premium Eurpean beers and lagers, including Sagres, Amstel and Heineken, whilst the spirits list favours small independents like Four Roses bourbon, Hendricks gin and Chase vodka.

Detailed Description

The Railway is dedicated to serving the neighbourhood as a whole. As well as more traditional events, like the popular Tuesday night Quiz or monthly comedy nights featuring some of the best known names on the London circuit using the intimate setting to try out new marterial, the pub hosts regular sewing classes for boys and girls (hosted by local craft tutor Flaming Nora), community meetings and church groups.

 

There is also a monthly farmers market in the garden with an onsite butcher preapring fresh organic meat, delicious fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread and pastries and a great selection of French cheeses and cured meats.

 

Food is paramount to the pub's offering, with Sunday Roasts a speciality. Families are well catered for, with the large, airy back room and garden catering for those with babies, toddlers and little ones. Plenty of toys, colouring and drawing supplies and books ensure there's plently to keep the children entertained, allowing Mum and Dad to enjoy some food and drink in peace. The front bar is generally more orientated towards adult dining.