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Railway Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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65 Gingell St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5472 1250
12:00 - 00:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 15:00 - 23:00
Fri 15:00 - 00:30
Sat 12:00 - 00:30
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211 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The railway hotel features a dining room with an extensive menu and a beer garden with a smaller, pub classic, menu. On this occasion we ate in the dining room - despite the large crowd the service was prompt and attentive. I'd recommend booking on the weekends to ensure you can get a table. The meals were all very large... More 

Thank snuff82Melbourne
Bendigo, Australia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for Sunday lunch recently. The Parma was genorous. A whole fillet. Unfortunately this means the thick end is somewhat over cooked. Chips just not what we have come to expect and salad ordinary. The whole grilled whiting was very,very bony. Battered fish was fine. Steaks looked appealing and maybe that's their forte and the Curries sounded interesting. Might try... More 

Thank tassiebob2016
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great dinner here. The staff were great. The wine list was reasonable and the food was pretty good. I would go back.

Thank Justin E
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a resident of Castlemaine always felt confident to take visitors to the Railway for a great meal in a great atmosphere but a week ago 3 of us who ordered the same suckling pig meal were somewhat disappointed. Although the flavours were excellent the pork was very dry and although there was a lovely tasty sauce - one tsp... More 

Thank virginiar743
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent meals worth prices asking! Highly recommended for romantic dinner, catching up with couples or family.

Thank Felicity D
Torquay, Victoria, Australia
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cosy hotel with a great variety on the menu, so much so it was REALLY hard to choose. The food we had was better than you're average pub meal by far. Definitely recommend dining here.

Thank Shara_Trinchini
Bendigo, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Tuesday evening seeking a meal in a country pub. The bistro was packed......we had picked their "specials" night. All meals $16.50 We almost decamped elsewhere when a table for 4 was located It turned out to be a lovely evening with well prepared and enjoyable meals

Thank Michael G
Cowra, Australia
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

This was the third place we looked at and we weren't expecting it to be such a find. The delightful Jacqueline warmly welcomed us, despite being very busy, and Tully the barman provided excellent wine knowledge. The menu initially didn't seem interesting and we felt it was designed for local tastes, but we finally found the Muscovy Duck with "cutlet... More 

Thank cowra2794
Daylesford, Australia
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

First time at this lovely hotel. It's tucked away behind the railway station, hence the name, and very welcoming. Lovely lunch with interstate friends. We all ordered seafood which was served beautifully in a lovely dining room type setting. Beers and wine were served at perfect temperatures and the waiting staff very professional. Thoroughly recommended and we will return.

Thank Anne C
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Very disappointing experience. My friends' 'medium rare' steak was totally under cooked, the "hand cut fat chips" were in fact potato wedges (no real problem with that, but just call the damn things "wedges"), and the overall service was extremely slow - both with the wait staff attending to the tables, and also at the bar. Considering they charge almost... More 

Thank Estelle D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 23
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Gingell St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Castlemaine
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5472 1250
The Railway Hotel is located in the historic township of Castlemaine within the goldfields area in central Victoria. The Hotel dates back to the mid 1800's and is one of a few surviving hotels from the bustling gold boom era. The Hotel is located adjacent to the historic working railway station which services the Melbourne to Bendigo line as well at the Steam Trains from both Maldon and Melbourne. The Hotel has a real vintage feel of a bygone era incorporating a locals bar, bistro and bar and outside verandah area. The "Railway" is a welcoming and inviting place for locals and travellers with an award winning chef preparing food sourced locally and a range of local beers and ciders on tap. Our spirit wall hosts an inviting range of imported whiskey and bourbon choices and our wine range supports the vineyards of our region.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?