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The Railway Inn

Station Hill | Botley, Southampton SO30 2DN, England
+44 1489 874226
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“roast dinner” (12 reviews)
“pie” (14 reviews)
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International, British, Pub, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Station Hill | Botley, Southampton SO30 2DN, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Railway Inn
1. A Special Dining Experience
"From the moment you walk in, you know this place is special! "
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2. The Best Meal in Botley
" The food is always well presented and delicious "
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3. The Ultimate Roast Dinner
"I’ll keep this simple, the best roast we’ve had at a pub."
Ricardo F
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My fiance and I had dinner here last night (Saturday night). I had previously enjoyed a nice luch at The Railway Inn a few months ago and thought how nice it would be to come back for dinner. I wasn't wrong!! We shared the Arinccini...More

Thank NatalieZoe
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Natalie, Thank you for your lovely review and kind words. I am so sorry you weren’t offered an alternative to the salad. Our policy is that any dish can be altered to suit our customers’ needs, so I will enquire as to why you...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

I don’t know why I haven’t thought about going here sooner. A friend and I went out for a meal and a catch up and what a lovely surprise this pub was. The decor is lovely and cosy, rustic with plenty of tables that are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic evening , super food , friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. We were waited on by a new member of staff who couldn’t do enough for us ! We didn’t get his name but he made the evening go so well . We...More

Thank hayleyccl
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Hayley, Thank you so much for your review, it’s a real pleasure to hear everyone of you enjoyed your visit. It’s also lovely to hear our team are appreciated by our customers as much as they are by us; they really are the best!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had another lunch here yesterday with my husband and daughter. As on a previous visit they both had the ploughman’s and I chose the steak sandwich and we enjoyed our meals. Noticed that the restaurant could do with some TLC as there was a large...More

Thank SotonGirl61
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi SotonGirl, Thank you for your kind words, and for your loyalty in revisiting us at The Railway. We did actually try to tie up all the decorative loose ends during our refurbishment in August, and the wallpaper you speak of is the only thing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to this pub, and we were very impressed with the atmosphere and choice on the menu. The staff were very friendly, and the food was superb, and good value for money

Thank bfub
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi bfub, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we really do appreciate the sentiment. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, George

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good home cooked classic food. Lamb faggots were delicious as was the chocolate brownie cheese cake. Lovely steak pie and fruit crumble was devoured by my partner. Recommended and will return.More

Thank fleurpower
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Fleurpower, Thank you for taking the time to review The Railway, and we very much look forward to your return. If I could review your review though, it would be great to hear why your visit was only worth 4 stars, as we’d love...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Elaine and all the staff at The Railway ensured that everything was ready for our Dad's wake. They were helpful and friendly. The food was fresh and tasty. In short they made the occasion memorable for all the right reasons.

Thank Christine E
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Christine, Thanks again for your kind words. We’re so pleased we were able to help you plan everything under the circumstances, and really do appreciate the time you’ve taken to write your review. Many thanks Christine, George

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most gorgeous meal here to celebrate a family wedding. Kay, Elaine and the team could not do enough for us to make our celebration any better. The table looked beautiful and the food was delicious. The service was excellent and everyone was...More

Thank kerrywooders5
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Kerry, Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Railway! It was a real pleasure hosting your party and we’re so glad everything was to your liking. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, George

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I had a very nice lunch here recently. Generous portions, particularly yummy coleslaw.

Thank jax552015
georgedinho, Owner at The Railway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Jax, Thank you for reviewing your visit to The Railway. We’re very happy you enjoyed your food, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks again, George

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a Sunday roast. Really nice homely pub with a great atmosphere. Could not fault the food and the staff were all really friendly. Would definitely return.

Thank paigecollett
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Questions & Answers
kev s
29 September 2018|
Response from David_Lorraine111 | Reviewed this property |
Yes and yes, there are some tables by the front door although not in a garden, more patio and dogs are welcome inside as well as outside. I seem to think there were a couple of regular dogs in when we visited this week.
14 January 2018|
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Response from Manager T | Property representative |
Hi Alan, The railway will be back open on Wednesday. Has been shut for works to be done on the toilets and bar area. Rob
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 16
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Station Hill | Botley, Southampton SO30 2DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 1489 874226
  • E-mail
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