PubSpy reviews The Railway Tavern, Meopham

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m always a little bit on edge when I visit pubs close to railway stations, particularly as it nears closing time.

But, stepping through the door of the Railway Tavern it was still early – 8pm to be exact and there was certainly no need to worry.

Now, there are occasions when I am forced to visit pubs at the sort of times even hardened drinkers haven’t shown up yet. However, at this time on a Saturday night I thought I might have to queue at the bar, jostle with regulars for a seat, that sort of thing.

Busy it wasn’t, soul-less it definitely was.

In fact the liveliest and brightest things about this pub respectively were the smell of new paint and the glowing tan on the legs of the lady sat at the bar.

The place has obviously undergone a major overhaul and the toilets are absolutely spotless – immaculate, the cleanest, most pristine thing you’re likely to witness.

Sadly this same sanitised, stark feel is exactly the same in the bar. Even the barmaid got into the act and didn’t dare crack a smile lest it would somehow liven up the place.

At this point the silence was broken and the pub livened up as a fellow walked in and quietly asked to exchange two £20 notes for four tenners. Sadly this 30 seconds of excitement passed all too quickly.

With nothing else to take my attention my eyes started to wander around the bar. A notice announcing that Andy Owen, otherwise known as The King, aka Elvis would be rocking the joint on Saturday March 15, caught my attention.

But, try as I might, I just couldn’t imagine this place rockin’.

The selection of drinks was very basic, although the Kronenbourg I selected, £3.80 a pint, was fine.

My drinking partner went for a large glass of white, which was £5.25 – there didn’t appear to be any choice on offer.

On the website it describes warm and friendly staff with a picture of a smiling barmaid. I can only assume Saturday is the smiley one’s night off.

The site also claims a ‘warm and welcoming charm’ with which they ‘welcome all guests’. Maybe that part of the makeover is still to be done!

In fairness it does also mention a fantastic garden and judging by the colourful lights at the end of the car park this may well be true. So, roll on the summer I say, when you can sit outside and not have to endure the main bar.

One final, not massively important, but strange point nevertheless, who, when they did the makeover, decided the gents needed a mirror, but the ladies didn’t?

In reflection, I’m afraid I can’t recommend the Railway Tavern as a starting point for a great Saturday night.  


Railway Tavern, Wrotham Road, Meopham

Decor: **** (recently decorated)

Drink: ** (an average offering)

Price: *** (fair)

Atmosphere:  (an atmosphere free zone)

Staff: * (a smile never hurt anyone)

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10:52pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Nicalala1932 says...

Whoever is writing these reviews is one miserable git!
The railway tavern is NOTHING like they said. Being a customer and being my first time in this pub for 10 years I must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The decor is amazing! The new tenants have done a fantastic job especially with the toilets that have only taken over 20 years to refurbish! AND THERE IS A MIRROR in there! Saturdays nights may sometimes be quiet but it's just like any pub and considering there was quite a few in I didn't know I still enjoyed myself. The staff are ever so friendly and they make you feel so welcome as do the locals! I don't think you will ever find such a nice lovely proper village pub than the railway tavern in meopham. The reviewer has totally got this pub wrong. The drinks are good value and the food is absolutely gorgeous and at a very good price especially for the meopham area. I would fully recommend this pub food and drink wise to any one even families as there is a lovely garden to the rear and even guinea pigs for the little ones! So boo to the reviewer who wrote above it certainly hasn't put me off coming here!
Whoever is writing these reviews is one miserable git! The railway tavern is NOTHING like they said. Being a customer and being my first time in this pub for 10 years I must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The decor is amazing! The new tenants have done a fantastic job especially with the toilets that have only taken over 20 years to refurbish! AND THERE IS A MIRROR in there! Saturdays nights may sometimes be quiet but it's just like any pub and considering there was quite a few in I didn't know I still enjoyed myself. The staff are ever so friendly and they make you feel so welcome as do the locals! I don't think you will ever find such a nice lovely proper village pub than the railway tavern in meopham. The reviewer has totally got this pub wrong. The drinks are good value and the food is absolutely gorgeous and at a very good price especially for the meopham area. I would fully recommend this pub food and drink wise to any one even families as there is a lovely garden to the rear and even guinea pigs for the little ones! So boo to the reviewer who wrote above it certainly hasn't put me off coming here! Nicalala1932
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Rcr191 says...

Pub spy pub lie. This has been my local for over 30 years, I've seen this pub go through so many changes and all I can say is its on the up. The new very hard working couple who have took the pub over have done so much already. They have redecorated the pub all the way through and the toilets has just been refurbished to a very high standard. The reporter who wrote this report on the railway tavern obviously couldn't find much fault. The petty comment on the ladies having no mirror was ridiculous , the mirror was on order and note to the reporter the ladies toilets now have one. The bar staff are all delightful , pleasant and bubbly, the young lady who works on a Saturday is young and shy and always serves me with a warm smile. This is a bad write up on the railway, it's not true. The pubs warm, relaxed and inviting and it may well be quite on a Saturday night at 8 o clock but then again most pubs are. I think the reporter who wrote this review has got it completely wrong and should choose he's words when writing something so important and something that can be so damaging to somebody's lively hood. I've had many good times in this pub and I shall continue to do so .
Pub spy pub lie. This has been my local for over 30 years, I've seen this pub go through so many changes and all I can say is its on the up. The new very hard working couple who have took the pub over have done so much already. They have redecorated the pub all the way through and the toilets has just been refurbished to a very high standard. The reporter who wrote this report on the railway tavern obviously couldn't find much fault. The petty comment on the ladies having no mirror was ridiculous , the mirror was on order and note to the reporter the ladies toilets now have one. The bar staff are all delightful , pleasant and bubbly, the young lady who works on a Saturday is young and shy and always serves me with a warm smile. This is a bad write up on the railway, it's not true. The pubs warm, relaxed and inviting and it may well be quite on a Saturday night at 8 o clock but then again most pubs are. I think the reporter who wrote this review has got it completely wrong and should choose he's words when writing something so important and something that can be so damaging to somebody's lively hood. I've had many good times in this pub and I shall continue to do so . Rcr191
  • Score: 1

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