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Railway Tavern (Gray & Sons)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
St Peter's - Golden AleGood1
Abbey Ales - BellringerGood1
Wibblers - Hop HarvestGood1
Mighty Oak - Holy FriarGood2
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - Flying FrogGood1
Red Fox - IPAGood2
Sharp's - SpecialGood1
Round Tower - OmnibusAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - IPANot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Oxfordshire Ales - Marsh MeadNot Tried0
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - AK Original MildNot Tried0
Moles - Double MM MildNot Tried0
Belhaven - Grand SlamNot Tried0
Red Fox - Red Fox MildNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Kett's RebellionNot Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
St Peter's - MildNot Tried0
Thwaites - Magic SpongeNot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood HobgoblinNot Tried0
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Elgood's - Black Dog MildNot Tried0
Maldon - The Hotel PorterNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Nelson's RevengeNot Tried0
Maldon - Puck's FollyNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Round Tower - Avena StoutNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Earl Soham - Gannet MildNot Tried0
Oakham - MusashiNot Tried0
Red Fox - Black Fox PorterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Railway Tavern, Chelmsford, Essex

Visits Details

29 Sep 2018 (ChrisE)
Final pub of a tour of Chelmsford to celebrate a friend's 60th birthday. Jason (sorry I mean Magnus) has already listed the beers so I will not duplicate his entry.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Red Fox - IPA3.70ExcellentUnlike Magnus, I really enjoyed this one.
29 Sep 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Chris E and I left our group and popped in here for a pint before catching the train, very busy mid evening with many standing, we found a prop up space at the rear bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Red Fox - IPA3.70AcceptableAbout as pale as a Christmas Pudding! Over malted and earthy made this hard work, I didn't finish my pint.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Earl Soham - Gannet Mild3.30Not Tried
Oakham - Musashi4.40Not Tried
Red Fox - Black Fox Porter4.80Not Tried
15 Apr 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Round Tower - Omnibus4.30AcceptableNot the usual clean crisp tasting Round Tower ale
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Nelson's Revenge4.50Not Tried
Maldon - Puck's Folly4.20Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Red Fox - IPA3.70Not Tried
Round Tower - Avena Stout4.70Not Tried
26 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wibblers - Hop Harvest4.10Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Not Tried
Maldon - The Hotel Porter4.10Not Tried
Red Fox - IPA3.70Not Tried
23 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Peter's - Golden Ale4.70Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
St Peter's - Mild3.70Not Tried
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - AK Original Mild3.70Not Tried
Mighty Oak - IPA3.50Not Tried
Thwaites - Magic Sponge4.10Not TriedIt really does have a real sponge as its pumpclip
Truman's - Lazarus4.20Not Tried
03 Apr 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentTop notch then also had the last out of the cask which was rounded but still excellent
Sharp's - Special5.00GoodOK but did not really go well as a Citra chaser
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - AK Original Mild3.70Not Tried
Mighty Oak - IPA3.50Not Tried
Red Fox - Red Fox Mild3.60Not Tried
Woodforde's - Kett's Rebellion4.30Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
12 Mar 2014 (ChrisE)
This pub has a lot of memories for me, it was where I had my first pint with the late Roger Marples, where I had my first pint of Gray and Sons beer (price 14p) just before the brewery closed, and where I was signed up to join CAMRA back in 1974. The pub is still owned by Gray and Sons although the company ceased brewing back in 1974. The beer list for today was as already described by others.
BeerABVScoreNotes
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - Flying Frog4.00Good
12 Mar 2014 (HSB)
16:50 My last stop before getting the train home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Holy Friar3.60Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - AK Original Mild3.70Not Tried
Mighty Oak - IPA3.50Not Tried
Moles - Double MM Mild3.60Not Tried
Belhaven - Grand Slam4.00Not Tried
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - Flying Frog4.00Not Tried
12 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Our group was thinning out by now and this was the last stop.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Holy Friar3.60GoodCask changed between 2 pints. Pretty much pure lemon juice flavour rather than beer. Numerous members of our group decried the beer name as being cockney slang for Liar - cause being end of day I suppose
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - AK Original Mild3.70Not Tried
Mighty Oak - IPA3.50Not Tried
Moles - Double MM Mild3.60Not Tried
Belhaven - Grand Slam4.00Not Tried
McMullen (sometimes latterly brand badged as Rivertown or Whole Hop) - Flying Frog4.00Not TriedFor some obscure reason clip says The Whole Hop Brewery - why not declare true provenance as McMullen
08 Jan 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The comparatively new people running this house have created a homely and friendly environment.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abbey Ales - Bellringer4.20Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Mighty Oak - IPA3.50Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Oxfordshire Ales - Marsh Mead4.70Not Tried

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About the Railway Tavern

The pub sign. Railway Tavern, Chelmsford, Essex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good11
Acceptable3
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LW.

Highly convenient pub right outside Chelmsford railway station. A small place, with standing areas at the front and compartment seating at the rear, with a small garden behind. 10 handpumps with 4 and 5 at opposite ends of the bar counter plus 1 for cider roughly in the middle.

We have visited this pub 17 times, seen 54 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CM1 1LW