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Station Road, Saffron Walden CB113HQ, England
441799218090
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Description: Traditional English pub. Great real ales and traditional pub food.

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Much improved hostelry

Since my last doom-laden review in October things are definitely looking up. Charles Wells have put in place a landlord who, in his words, is there to turn things around after the recent downturn in the pub's fortunes. He knows how to look after his beer and now keeps 4 real ales in good condition... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
kitbag58
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Essex
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Essex
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Since my last doom-laden review in October things are definitely looking up. Charles Wells have put in place a landlord who, in his words, is there to turn things around after the recent downturn in the pub's fortunes. He knows how to look after his beer and now keeps 4 real ales in good condition. Have been several times and... More 

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Thank kitbag58
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been drinking again in this pub since John and Fiona took over and it's great to see that the Railway is back to it's former glory of being a proper local regulars pub. Ate here for the first time and the food was superb. I had the mixed grill whilst my other half had a burger. If you want... More 

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Thank Lango_11
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Went here for Sunday lunch on the 20th December as had been a few months ago and had a amazing Sunday lunch what a disappointment loads of food but it was awful everything was from frozen it had no taste at all when I complained to the land lady her response was what do you expect for £8.50!, very rude... More 

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Thank alison022015
fiona s, Manager at The Railway, responded to this review

having read this review I am lost for words! On the 20th december we served over 40 covers and all except "alison 022015" were very satisfied customers.The previous tenants operated a bistro style establishment, with prices to match,whilst we have a proper pub grub menu,Our sunday roast,priced at a very reasonable £8.50 has home roast meat with home made gravy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Lovely lunch, really good value and excellent service. Will definitely be going back. Going to try fish and chips night next

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Thank Charlie G
Somerset, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Wife and I plus elderly Mum dined here last Wednesday and it wasn't great. The lady serving us was simply FAB. Thoroughly helpful and attentive. Wine good, cider good - all reasonably priced. Gammon/eggs was OK but breaded fish was really overcooked and actually tough whilst 'Somerset Chicken' was a thick grey sauce covering the meat accompanied by very overdone... More 

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Thank Ferdinand E
fiona s, Manager at The Railway, responded to this review

I am so sorry you did not enjoy your meal.somerset chicken can appear a strange colour as it is a cream,white wine and cider sauce ( home made ) .The vegetables were savoy cabbage,carrots and swede and I apologise if they were not cooked as you like them. we take comments very seriously and offer you another meal at you... More 

Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

The new landlord has done a fantastic job of returning this pub to its former glory. There's a great menu of reasonably priced pub grub and beer is well kept at prices in keeping with other pubs in the area. The ambience is welcoming and friendly - everything that an out of town pub should be. Still concerns over the... More 

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Thank Lango_11
cambridge
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Friendly and welcoming. Well kept beer. A million miles away from the trendy wine bar theme the last leasee aimed at

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Thank larrysrabbit
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

John & Fiona have done a great job in transforming The Railway back into a warm, friendly and welcoming pub now with a great atmosphere, we have eaten there and thoroughly enjoyed the meal at a reasonable price. CB

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2 Thank Colin B
saffron walden
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We have only eaten here once since re opening, but are very pleased that they are doing good old fashioned pub grub, the only thing I would ask is could we have half the amount of chips but much better ones, properly twice cooked and delicious. This makes, in my opinion, a huge difference we love a good old fashioned... More 

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2 Thank carol h
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

After having very hit-and-miss experiences with the last owners, I'm delighted to see that this pub is in the process of becoming a good, honest local again. The bar staff are friendly, the beer is well kept and the menu is simple, consisting of pub staples (pie and mash, sausages and mash, burgers, fish and chips etc). The pie and... More 

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2 Thank Curlykats64

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Station Road, Saffron Walden CB113HQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Saffron Walden
  • Phone Number: 441799218090

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Traditional English pub. Great real ales and traditional pub food.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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