My partner and I stayed here for three nights in order to make the most of the 2012 Nantwich Words and Music Festival and to explore the town itself.
The Railway Hotel is a classic Victorian inn run by friendly, music-enthusiast hosts who do their very best to give good value in what is becoming a VERY difficult trade.
The bars are split between a cafe-style dining room and a large open drinking-oriented area with a decent sized raised stage. There's a reasonable-sized car park at the back - though this gets crowded on busy nights, and sheltered areas front and back for the tobacco-addicted. In common with almost all such places, most period features went AWOL decades ago in misguided modernisation fetishes, though enough remain that it's not without some character.
Rooms could do with updating, and ours certainly would have benefitted from the attentions of a long-handled duster! But cleanliness was otherwise top-notch and we appreciated the provided toiletries. The bed was especially comfortable, and despite an uninterrupted view of a busy roundabout, we found the room peaceful. We're music fans, and let's face it - it's a working pub, so sounds from downstairs were of no concern.
Beer choices were limited, though Theakstone's Best was a welcome option and very well-kept. The food we had - full English breakfasts daily - was absolutely spot-on and with lots of variety included. Just be sure to specify any dislikes if, for instance, things like black pudding scare you!
Downsides were the iffy 1970s plumbing in the en-suite - we had to forgo a shower one day due to lack of hot water, but then we got up VERY late that day, so it was to be expected! The extractor fan in the bathroom was non-functional too, but that caused no issue.
Prices vary from bargain to fair depending which room you book and what dates etc, and with this in mind, plus the difficult nature of the pubs trade nowadays and the small family team running the place, you need to recognise this isn't the Savoy - be realistic, and make sure music is part of your life, and you will enjoy this friendly, informal, comfortable and very conveniently-situated inn.
- Also Known As:
- The Railway Hotel Nantwich, Cheshire