The Railway Pub that had a midlife sausage crisis.
The Longer Read The Railway had been known, for a long time, as the pub that specialised in sausages. Sometime recently either the owners or the punters fell out of love with sausages (or maybe someone noticed what was going on at The Coconut Tree) and Zing!, The Railway’s food offering became ‘street food’ – Thai street food in fact. Street food menus seem to be popping up everywhere, it seems to be shorthand for a Tapas style, sharing plates of single items with a simple upfront flavour.
Word is that a couple of chefs from The Vine have moved over to The Railway. The Vine is a long established provider of tasty Thai food in a more central location, so let’s hope the new venture is successful enough to pull punters to its slightly out of town, bit-too-close-to-Waitrose location. The cuisine has been branded Smokey Phi Phi, we think a reference to the barbecue/smoked method of food preparation and to those famously spectacular islands in Thailand – Ko Phi Phi Leh, the second largest island was used as a location for The Beach film.
Food at The Railway
Anyway, the food. The first thing to say is that the menu changes every day, but you might find things such as a herb, pork and prawn poapia roll (Spring roll £6)), barbecue pork balls with nam jim makham (tamarind) sauce (£6.50), barbecued sriraja (garlic/chilli) prawns (£6.50). Fresh cucumber salad (£4.50). Is it me or do some of these dishes sound slightly (only slightly) less interesting when translated? Sticky rice is a couple of quid. It’s the sort of food that does go well with beer, so the pub idea works on paper.
The Railway is a pleasant pub in its own right and the outdoor area is always popular when the weather allows. There are quiz nights and a book club.