The Railway – Pub – Nottingham (Lowdham)


Since The Railway opened just a few years in the past its been probably the most embellished pubs in our metropolis’s native meals awards. Their successes additionally noticed them open a sister pub, The Radcliffe, final yr which has had some equally glowing stories. Its shocking then it’s taken me so lengthy to pay them a go to! Having lived close to town centre for many of my Nottingham life I need to admit to partially neglecting locations additional out of city, however not. The pub sits just a little exterior the principle village space however not removed from a reasonably stretch of river that flows into the Trent because it winds North in the direction of Newark.


The Railway gives that common mixture of cosy public home with an off-the-cuff bar/consuming space alongside a few barely smarter spots for eating. I visited not too long ago throughout Covid so it appeared very spacious however would suspect it will be just a little busier often. For a Saturday lunchtime there was a comparatively small menu however lots to get enthusiastic about. They provide a mixture of pub classics and extra adventurous dishes. I opted for what I’d contemplate to be the latter. Firstly salt and pepper squid with gojuchang (korean chilli paste) mayo and pickled greens. It was a severely fairly bowl, the crockery itself hanging with the colourful colors of the sauce and greens leaping off the plate. Crucial factor they did get proper, the squid being cooked effectively and remaining actually tender when it will possibly so usually be rubbery. I’d have favored an even bigger punch of flavour on each the squid coating and within the mayonnaise, there was a scarcity of spice coming by way of however I do prefer it hotter than most. Pickles offered the largest kick with their chilli and acidity. The bok choi was completely nice however didn’t add an excessive amount of to the general dish and serving the squid on high felt odd because it made them a contact much less crisp.



Foremost course was a troublesome alternative with favourites like pork stomach and fish & chips that includes to try to tempt me. I opted for one thing lighter with roast hake, and was definitely rewarded for the selection. The curry sauce accompanying it was a vivid orange and extra on the sunshine, aromatic facet which labored completely with the fragile fish. The hake itself was skilfully handled, cooked completely with a crispy pores and skin, its pearly white flesh succulent and moist. Butter-lovers could be proud of the content material of it within the mash, easy and splendid to the extent that I might have loved simply that and the sauce! The addition of the mussels was additionally a pleasant little contact to deliver a pop of salty seafood flavour.


Hake with curry sauce - The Railway - Nottingham

Hake with curry sauce – The Railway – Nottingham


Sadly no time for desserts though with the likes of sticky toffee pudding and treacle tart I’ve much more incentive to return. On proof of this meal I undoubtedly ought to have visited sooner with the principle course notably impressing, it actually might have graced a nice eating restaurant. The service was wonderful and had a pleasant private contact that you simply all the time search for from a neighborhood pub. It isn’t a funds affair at The Railway with starters round £8 and mains £14-18. Having accomplished a little bit of a comparability to a few of my different favorite posh pubs it’s a contact pricier than the likes of The Main Oak and The Ruddington Arms however with the standard on present I didn’t begrudge them a penny. In actual fact in these ever difficult occasions for hospitality (particularly with the introduction of the 10pm curfew) please do proceed to assist your native pubs and eating places when you may, hopefully you should have as gratifying an expertise as I did!



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