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The Railway Tavern Ale House

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Acorn - UK Cascade IPAExcellent1
Meantime - London Pale AleExcellent1
Siren Craft - Sound WaveExcellent1
London Fields - LandlordExcellent1
Green Jack - Hop HarvestGood1
Adnams - Pale Champion AleGood1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Truman's Basking SharkAcceptable1
Castle Rock - Black GoldNot Tried0
Adnams - American Style IPANot Tried0
Adnams - MildNot Tried0
Buntingford - Royston RedNot Tried0
Adnams - ExplorerNot Tried0
Adnams - GunhillNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Golden SheepNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Adnams - English Red AleNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPANot Tried0
Adnams - Fat SpratNot Tried0
Wychwood - BattleaxeNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Railway Tavern Ale House, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Railway Tavern Ale House, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

10 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Rather busy on a Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60ExcellentExcellent quality IPA.
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
12 Jun 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit and there is a pleasant buzz of conversation in here. I sat admiring all the old tube train memorabilia and spotted for the first time the tube train upholstery on all the chairs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Acorn - UK Cascade IPA5.00ExcellentGolden. Spicy hops on a good malt base.
Black Sheep - Golden Sheep3.90Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPA6.00Not Tried
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80Not Tried
Wychwood - Battleaxe4.20Not Tried
23 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Comfortably busy, early on a Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Green Jack - Hop Harvest4.00GoodGolden-coloured and hoppy, but lacking the fresh taste I would usually associate with a ‘green hop’ beer.
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Adnams - English Red Ale4.50Not Tried
04 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Well-populated in the early evening, with a distinctly well-to-do sort of crowd. Throughout the hour I was here, the stereo was playing Neil Young – nobody seemed to be complaining.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Pale Champion Ale3.40GoodRetro, pale ale with a solid malt base and ‘dusty’ English hops. A little sweet.
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Truman's Basking Shark3.70AcceptableI’m trying hard to like these Truman’s beers because it is great to see the name back on pumpclips and people say that the new brewery will be opening in east London soon – but the truth is I haven’t found one I like yet. This is golden and syrupy and buttery.
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Gunhill4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Golden Sheep3.90Not Tried
18 Apr 2012 (Stephen Harris)
A welcome, calm respite, five minutes’ walk from the madhouse that is Ridley Road Market.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Meantime - London Pale Ale4.30ExcellentAmber-coloured beer with a mellow, fruity hop character.
London Fields - Landlord3.70ExcellentNicely malty, brown, traditional bitter with a slightly spicey edge.
Castle Rock - Black Gold3.50Not Tried
Adnams - American Style IPA4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Mild3.20Not Tried
Buntingford - Royston Red4.80Not Tried

About The Railway Tavern Ale House

The pub sign. The Railway Tavern Ale House, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good2
Acceptable1
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The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, N16 8JT.

This pub was renovated and re-launched in 2011, and at the same time reverted to its proper name after a period as Old Henry's Freehouse. It is on St Jude Street and is absolutely not to be confused with another Railway Tavern just around the corner on Kingsland High Street. Potential confusion with two more Railway Taverns in Hackney is now avoided as both of those two have closed. Bare boards and wooden furniture; the decor now has a railway theme. Beer availability is indicated on an ‘Arrivals’ (i.e. in the cellar) and ‘Departures’ (i.e. available now) board.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 24 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N16 8JT