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“Great place to relax and watch the time (and trains) go by.”
Review of The Railway

The Railway
Ranked #39 of 46 Restaurants in Ramsbottom
Price range: $4 - $26
Cuisines: European, British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great place to relax and watch the time (and trains) go by.”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

I've been here a few times for a casual drink and each time it's been really good. There's a nice selection of beer and all at reasonable prices. If you want to watch TV there are a few dotted around the pub and they always seem to have on the sport which is good to keep an eye on while sipping your drink. If you fancy a sit outside that can be done in the good sized beer garden, and for the enthusiasts, as the name gives away, it is very near the railway, from certain seats you'll be able to see the steam engines chug past.

My favourite thing about the railway is that they get really involved with any events in Ramsbottom and seem to have a genuine passion for developing and supporting the area. The most notable occasion was the 1940s day, the pub put up some decorations, played music for the occasion and became a real focal point for the day. I think it's a really good show from the pub that they're willing to put the extra effort in for an event that they have no obligation to. So next time there is something going on in Ramsbottom, the railway will no doubt be getting involved and supporting it, so get in those doors and help the cause - have a pint, I will be!

The food here is classic pub grub, and would be rated as good in my book. It isn’t stand out brilliant, but isn't poor by any stretch of the imagination. It is what you would expect from this sort of pub, and if you're after a quick bite then it's worth a sit down. It is one of the few places in Ramsbottom that is open and serves food on a Sunday.

Overall I would recommend this place if you want somewhere to have a relaxed drink with some mates. The food is good and freshly prepared. The staff will always be polite and helpful. It's in a great spot near the train. Go in, kick back and idle your time away.

  • Visited December 2013
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AndyRailway, Owner at The Railway, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank you for such a great review, it's brilliant when locals take the trouble to review us. We have been in the pub for almost 2 years now, Ramsbottom is a great community and we want to play our part, it's good when our efforts are acknowledged. We are indeed looking forward to the Chocolate Festival and the 1940's weekend but most of all we love it when we get wonderful local customers visiting us regularly so thanks again.
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Stopped at the buffers”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Disappointment!

The place looks amazing, but we ordered the food, and when the chips came - they looked like they had been refried at least twice, and you know when they go too hard, the insides almost disappear as they have absorbed too much fat? There you go - so much so I left them (something I never do). If the cook couldn't fry chips, then what are they going to be like with anything else?

I had ordered Gammon, which was fine - a good chunky piece, but sadly let down by the rest of the meal experience.

Next time, I will wait the 10 minutes at the Wayward Tyke Fish and Chips around the corner!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank JohnFromDon
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AndyRailway, Owner at The Railway, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
As mentioned on Facebook we are sorry you found the chips disappointing we normally get rave reviews rather than complaints for them. We cant understand what went wrong. I have asked the staff on duty on Saturday and they have no recollection of anyone mentioning a problem with any food order, if someone mentions at the time something is wrong or not to their liking we will always do our best to rectify the situation. Anyway we are glad you enjoyed the Gammon and like the recent refurbishment. I do hope you will come and see us again if you are in the area and give us another chance.
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Abergele
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Saturday lunch with the family”
Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

Popped in with my son and family for a quick lunch. They had been before. My grandson loves it because of the view of the trains from the window. I had steak and caramelised onion panini. Large portion and good value for £4.50. Also had garlic bread, a bacon panini and salad. Everybody was well pleased. We will be back.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Sheila M
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AndyRailway, Owner at The Railway, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the trouble to review the pub, we're glad you were pleased with the food. We aim to be a family friendly establishment so you positive comments are very helpful. Look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Perth, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very good food and friendly staff.”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The food was a very good standard at a reasonable price. Also had a good range of beers, if slightly more expensive than the average in the area. Would definitely return for food. A+

Visited November 2013
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AndyRailway, Owner at The Railway, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Thank you for your positive review, we look forward to seeing you again.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“One of the friendliest pubs I've ever visited”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

We popped in while visiting Ramsbottom for the music festival and were immediately made to feel very welcome at The Railway. We had a delicious home made meal at lunch. We returned later that night and the day after and were made to feel like old friends. We enjoyed live music, good beers, and great service - and were even let off part of the bill when our original food choice wasn't available. Absolutely faultless.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank callum l
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AndyRailway, Owner at The Railway, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
Thanks for your review. Rammy Music Festival was a great weekend wasn't it. Hope to see you again next year.
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