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The Railway

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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Station Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HQ, England
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
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been told it was good, so booked a table for two, prior to cinema visit. Arrived to find a very basic town pub, with one table 'made up' for us in a corner. Lady wife had burger and chips, low average. I had steak pie which was abysmal. Conical shaped dish with very little space for very little meat... More 

Thank chris b
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

I echo the other comments on here, the pub is busy again as has a nice atmosphere. Bar staff are helpful and friendly I regularly pop in for a drink or two and am never disappointed.

Thank Tristan320
Leyland, United Kingdom
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320 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

Called in after a long walk for a refreshing pint of real ale the pub was fairly full of locals and bar meals were available. Friendly greeting from the bar maid and the ale was smooth and well kept.

Thank vuepoint
Lin'an, China
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

Very pleasant atmosphere, serves food and also Sunday Lunches. In a side street but would recommend a visit as prices very reasonable.

Thank wendy H
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

Was so pleased to see this pub is back to being a proper pub, the last time we were all there it was a twee small portions big prices pub...but now seems to be back to a traditional place, Tom behind the bar was so helpful and brought our drinks to our table, top job guys...

Thank Monica E
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2016

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 

Thank kitbag58
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 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 

Thank Lango_11
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

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 bubbles 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

Thank Charlie G
Somerset, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Archibald 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $17
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Station Road, Saffron Walden CB11 3HQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Saffron Walden
  • Phone Number: 441799218090
Traditional English pub. Great real ales and traditional pub food.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?