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Poll: How Do You Rate This Pub? (51 member(s) have cast votes)

How Do You Rate This Pub?

  1. Excellent (19 votes [40.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.43%

  2. Good (19 votes [40.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.43%

  3. Average (6 votes [12.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.77%

  4. Poor (3 votes [6.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.38%

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#1 James

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 11:00 PM

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The Railway Bell
14 Cawnpore Street, London SE19 1PF

Phone: 020 8670 2844

#2 nico

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 10:43 AM

pub of the year....1981. That made me laugh a lot. The blue plaque outside instantly warmed me to this pub. Tucked away down a little side street it doesn't seem to have changed since it won the prize from the Evening Standard. A proper little boozer with a very odd covered outside seating area, it reminded me somewhat of Elmo's wine bar in Brush Strokes. Not as garish or even similar in decor, just the atmosphere and clientele. Stuck in a timewarp somewhere and delightful for it.

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 11:17 AM

I love the garden here in the Summer, very peaceful!

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:00 AM

A proper pub with proper beer no fizzy pop here ! Dazza
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#5 twinkle

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:09 AM

they also hold a good quiz (i think its on tuesday!!!),,, :)
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#6 charlie

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Posted 21 March 2005 - 11:43 AM

The pub's certainly seen a few changes of decor and owners since I moved to the area and the garden isn't quite as good as it used to be in the late 90s -

- but, on the whole it is still one of the best places to go on a hot summer's evening when the heat is driving you crazy. The water feature and chimes have a rather cooling and soothing effect. They used to serve an excellent Pims :P - when it was run by the two chaps who were very into joss sticks and silver stars etc.

great for the winter too - it's a real gem of a pub!!!

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:27 PM

Without a doubt the best option in the area for bitter drinkers not interested in avoiding JDWitherspoons Splendid beer garden too.
Youngs beers are generally kept well here. If you've not been, you're missing out.

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 07:55 PM

It's a CRACKER !
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#9 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 08:24 AM

You've got to love this pub.
It's unpretentious, serves good beer and is a comfortable relaxing place for a quiet beer down a side-street.

Best kept beers in SE19, in my humble opinion.

And that walk up the hill afterwards surely un-does some of the damage, doesn't it?
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#10 Sylvia

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:00 AM

The Railway bell, was a terrific with and the locals, from when my Parents used to go there all the time, back in the 50's right through to the middle 70's, as my Father was also the head Barmen, and back in the 60's he used to play Darts, and Cards in Competitions, for which he won some trophies for. I have a photo of my father taken at the bottom of the steps at the back of the pub, and another one with my father and his Brother Bill Law having a beer together, but I am not sure when they made the back of it into a Garden. I found though that all of the locals were always so friendly, and that is what also made it so special

#11 postman100

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 07:36 AM

What a great pub. The new owners are lovely people too who make you feel very welcome.
It was aslo the best pub to watch the world cup.

#12 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 08:08 AM

Still a decent local.

Only down-side is the Youngs beer doesn't seem to be what it used to since Charles Wells took it. Assume this is across the board... not been to the Dog and Bull in Croydon for a while but might affect other Youngs pubs...

However, notwithstanding that still a well-run hostelry...
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 10:56 PM

Excellent pub, proper boozer, a landlord dedicated to making sure his beer is in tiptop condition and (sorry Uncle Wilf) since Young's merged its brewing operation with Well's the beer and has been both better and more consistent.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:59 AM

I really like this pub, one of the best around!

#15 Dazza

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:40 AM

Best Beer for miles ! One of the few places that still looks like a traditional pub as well.

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