The Railway – Pub – Nottingham (Lowdham)


Since The Railway opened a couple of years in the past its been one of the crucial adorned 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 experiences. Its stunning then it’s taken me so lengthy to pay them a go to! Having lived close to the town centre for many of my Nottingham life I have to admit to partially neglecting locations additional out of city, however not. The pub sits just a little outdoors the principle village space however not removed from a fairly stretch of river that flows into the Trent because it winds North in direction of Newark.


The Railway gives that fashionable mixture of cosy public home with an off-the-cuff bar/ingesting space alongside a few barely smarter spots for eating. I visited lately 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 a lot to get enthusiastic about. They provide a mixture of pub classics and extra adventurous dishes. I opted for what I’d take into account to be the latter. Firstly salt and pepper squid with gojuchang (korean chilli paste) mayo and pickled greens. It was a critically fairly bowl, the crockery itself hanging with the colourful colors of the sauce and greens leaping off the plate. A very powerful factor they did get proper, the squid being cooked effectively and remaining actually tender when it will probably so usually be rubbery. I’d have favored a much bigger punch of flavour on each the squid coating and within the mayonnaise, there was an absence of spice coming by way of however I do prefer it hotter than most. Pickles offered the most important 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 prime felt odd because it made them a contact much less crisp.



Major course was a troublesome alternative with favourites like pork stomach and fish & chips that includes to attempt to tempt me. I opted for one thing lighter with roast hake, and was actually rewarded for the selection. The curry sauce accompanying it was a vivid orange and extra on the sunshine, aromatic aspect 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 can be proud of the content material of it within the mash, clean and opulent to the extent that I may have loved simply that and the sauce! The addition of the mussels was additionally a pleasant little contact to convey 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 may have graced a high-quality eating restaurant. The service was glorious and had a pleasant private contact that you just at all times search for from a neighborhood pub. It isn’t a funds affair at The Railway with starters round £8 and mains £14-18. Having carried out 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. The truth is 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 possibly can, hopefully you’ll have as pleasant an expertise as I did!



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