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The beer choice was very mainstream and adventurous, but I do really like the place with its strange old-fashioned layout and distinct areas. Doesn't feel quite as cosy as other pubs in the area though.
JonNgog - 12 Jan 2018 14:12
One of my regular post work haunts, can get exceptionally busy on a Friday around 4pm onwards. Definitely the best pub in the 'Commercial District' of Liverpool - that's basically the area around Old Hall Street, Tithebarn Street.
Nice range of ales which are always well kept, food is very, very good and during warmer months they have a BBQ on Fridays in the yard at the side and offer free burgers. Staff friendly and attentive. Very nice pub indeed.
McLovin - 30 Sep 2014 13:03
After visiting a couple of pubs with a dearth of luncheon offers we decided to return to our old favourite The Railway. Mr Trotter's was our choice of poison and roast beef and fish and chips to keep the cold out. First class food and service in a friendly atmosphere, what more can you ask for?
shouldersarms - 20 Dec 2013 09:11
After visiting the fantastic Battle of the Atlantic Museum around the corner, we decided on lunch at The Railway. We made a perfect choice. A pint of Trooper and a pint of Deuchars washed down Toad-in-the-Hole and a fabulous spicy chicken burger with all the trimmings served by a very friendly gentleman in very hospitable surroundings. What more could two tourists like us ask for? The bill was very modest indeed and the walk through Liverpool to The Dispensary in Renshaw Street was perfect.
shouldersarms - 25 Oct 2013 07:31
If you are after good pub grub I heartily recommend the Railway. Despite the carping of some contributors about the lack of unusual ales, I found my choice of Robinson's Trooper perfectly acceptable.We ordered the quaintly named Duck a l'orange which was chalked up on the board. We didn't have to wait long before the waiter presented us with our Duck a i'orange, announced grandiociously in perfect scouse. And,I must say, it wasnt bad at all. Congratulations to the chef! The Railway has everything for everybody ,even tables outside for smokers.
shouldersarms - 2 Jul 2013 19:35
Not sure how anyone can say there's never any unusual beers, they've got a new guest ale on every week plus they appear to be the only place in Liverpool that sells the Trooper Iron Maiden beer (good for the metal 'eads and none metal 'eads alike!)
Hope they bring back the Nutty Black though
quaverthief - 20 Jun 2013 10:29
Very large very bland office workers pub. Good quality refurb of a dump, but never any unusual beers, condition can vary as well. Has habit of closing early, but this shouldn't be a problem for you as you can see the recommended alternative in several reviews below.
Oveonhisphone - 13 Feb 2013 05:13
I was actually in the Railway a couple of months ago and was waiting at the bar to get served for more than 5 minutes. 3 guys stood at the bar with their drinks looked at me and one said "I don't know where she is".

So I waited a couple more minutes and was about to walk out when "she" noticed me and came to the bar to serve me.

"She" had been sat nattering away to a friend at a table right next to me. If I'd known that "she" was the barmaid I woould have called her over to serve me earlier. Must have been such an interesting conversation that "she" didn't even notice that a customer was waiting nearly 10 minutes to get served!

I still go to the Railway; it's a nice pub.
mattbeer - 5 Apr 2012 01:21
Strange? Not really damocles11. My vested interest, such as it is, is that I am a regular in this pub and I would hate anybody to get the wrong impression of it. I was there all of yesterday afternoon (you can wish me a happy birthday in your response) and the staff in there made a real effort to make it a lovely day for me and my mates. As I say, I cannot speak highly enough of the place. It's like pubs used to be. Amanda and the staff always have time for you. To be fair, they do sometimes have to put up with some right whingers who are never satisfied, but ytou'll never satisfy all of the people all of the time will you?
yourhairlooksnice - 11 Feb 2012 10:14
strange how a negative review for this pub brings 2 new reviewers making there 1st comments on the site,maybe yourhairlooksnice & cc121 have vested interests in this pub?as i said i have always recommended the food here and this was the 1st time i have had cause to complain.the obvious reason being that this was the 1st time the staff here did not enquire as to wether everything was ok with my meal.i know why!since this pub has been under the current management i have always made this my 1st call when in the `pool,no stranger!.i just could not be bothered complaining because i would not be going back anyway.
damocles11 - 11 Feb 2012 09:37
I've drank in one or two pubs in this fair city and the Railway is streets ahead of the others. The staff are the greatest asset this pub has, no matter what others may say. They are all really pleasant and helpful (disinterested? Stop it!) and when we go there after work (not infrequently by a long chalk) we regard them as friends. The food is always quality when we eat there, the atmosphere is always friendly, the whole place is always very clean and getting served is always easy. The Railway? Top pub. Keep it up Godfrey lad.......
yourhairlooksnice - 9 Feb 2012 13:41
I strongly disagree with the comment below, i started to drink in the railway a few months ago and have been making regular visits since, mainly because of the friendly staff.
The food and atmosphere in the bar is great, and of course like all places it will run out of a few things every now and again this just proves how good it is, the menu is popular so people keep coming back. the staff are chatty and friendly and always go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable experience while you are there.

someone was suffering from the monday blues i think!!
cc121 - 8 Feb 2012 16:06
i always recommended this pub for its food,no longer will after awful service and meal today.bar person not well trained and disinterested.chef (ran out of everything)did manage to serve me an under whelming dish.will not be back
damocles11 - 6 Feb 2012 21:54
Good solid old Victorian pub opposite what was formerly Exchange Staaion (hence the name). Has a number of rooms/areas. Worth dropping in to but not for the ale selection. They had four mediocre mainstream brews on and the pint of Black Sheep I had was just about drinkable.
Snarling_Mallard - 30 Sep 2011 10:21
If we're in the centre, especialy Sunday lunch-time, we find this the best place for lunch. Staff very willing to please. Food served almost all day. Enough real ales for anybody's taste. Several back-rooms where you can get plenty of peace and quiet. Front room more lively but not an overt football-TV place, and if it's not to your taste there's The Lion next door.
shouldersarms - 26 Apr 2011 12:03
Been back here a few times. On one visit had a pint of Wychwood Hobgoblin, and another time had a pint of Old Speckled Hen.

From what I remember they were priced at something ridiculously cheap like 2.40 a pint, which for a guest ale is great.

Again, one of those pubs like the Lion Tavern (which is next door) that I should visit more often but I always find myself on the wrong side of the city centre.
mattbeer - 25 Dec 2010 14:01
First visit here last Friday afternoon. Interior is large with various small rooms. I sat in one with a hogs-head above a mirror.

It wasn't too busy when I visited but I expect it gets packed in the evening.

Had a pint of Cains Bitter served by a friendly barmaid. Worth visiting if you are on the Dale Street side of the city centre.
mattbeer - 18 Oct 2010 15:25
I'd been in the Railway before, but didn't stop for a drink. This time, we stopped for a swift one. It's a nice enough drinking environment with a few separate drinking areas and the Sunday lunches appeared to be quite popular. Several santas were in the main bar area singing along to tunes played by two guitar players. There were two real ales - Young's Special & Deuchar's IPA. Whilst it's a reasonable pub in its own right, with the Lion Tavern nextdoor and the likes of the Ship & Mitre, Rigby's and the Vernon arms nearby, I'd struggle to recommend it unless you're on a serious crawl.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Dec 2009 21:12
An excellently re-furbished, old fashioned pub with a good mix of clientele. It can be fun just listening to the banter, as the Cork, Ulster and Liverpool accents fly around the bar.
Pleasant atmosphere and very friendly staff.
Food is excellent value and well prepared.
All in all, one of those pubs that you thought were disappearing under the onslaught of glass and chrome.
neophyte - 31 Mar 2009 11:14
Has had a chequered history but seems to be back on track. Two ales on when I visited recently. I've had a lunchtime meal in here on many occasions and it has always been fine.
Worth a visit before going to the Lion Tavern a couple of doors away.
wirraldrinker - 14 Feb 2009 12:51
Last night, there were three different real ales on, including Cain's Bitter and live music from a singer/guitarist named Tom Kelly who performed some well known songs and some he had written himself.
The staff are never anything other than friendly.
Doc_Holliday - 13 Oct 2008 00:09
I visited The Railway last Saturday evening accompanied by my son. We enjoyed the Well's Bombardier and the Old Spekled Hen on draught.
The music was supplied by a couple of lads playing guitars, one of who was an accomplished singer who put me in mind of Paul Rogers in his Free days. Nice bluse voice son! His friend was a more than adequate guitarist.
It's a nice pub with friendly staff and a cheerful clientele of all ages. We'll be back there a week on Saturday.
Doc_Holliday - 15 Sep 2008 18:30
Despite signage stating that this is a Robert Cain's pub it doesn't sell any Cains beer! This is a large pub next door to the Lion Tavern. Clean, light & well decorated with a variety of seating. I didn't spot any real ales so settled for a well kept pint of Bass mild. In my opinion not a must visit pub, seeing that the Lion is next door & has a much better choice of drinks.
happytyskie - 15 Sep 2008 14:42
Yes, this place is definitely worth a visit now, it used to be distinctly average and i would always overlook it in favour of the superb Lion next door. But it has been done up very nicely and seems to attract a varied clientele. Only complaint is that the music is a bit loud and off-putting.
Carlurmston - 22 Jun 2008 13:16
Revisited recently and yes it is as good as remembered. Seemed to be a bit busier and had a good atmosphere. The Flowers I.P.A. was excellent again and not too chilled. Have to raise my rating for that. Marvellous view of the old Liverpool Exchange Railway station out of the windows too.
Wirral_RealAlians - 10 Apr 2008 23:01
Wow. This pub used to be dark and dingy with the carpet sticking to your feet. Not now. Very nicely refurbished, inside and out, with board floors, gilded cornices, expensive looking light fittings and stylish furniture; but has somehow kept true to its original Victorian scheme. Felt how it probably did when it was new. Enjoyed a well kept pint of Flowers I.P.A on St Patricks Day, the pub was quiet, may well have just reopened. Looks like it will do lots of lunchtime trade with meals, but I hope it takes off in the evenings too, must revisit.
Wirral_RealAlians - 25 Mar 2008 20:45

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