Once known as the Railway Tavern, this is an excellent foodie pub downstairs - but for more serious eating, and larger (linen-clad) tables, arrive early for a table in the small upstairs dining room. Seafood (oysters in particular) are a speciality.
Expect the likes of 'Guinness with Oysters' or 'Razor Clams with Chili, Garlic and Parsley'. Or for more serious eating, perhaps 'Braised Ox Tongue with Salsa Verde'; 'Onglet with Ceps'; 'Sea Bass with Roast Fennel, Artichoke Hearts and Tapenade' or 'Lamb's Kidney with Black Pudding and Mustard Sauce'.
Traditional desserts might include 'Rhubarb Fool'; 'Chocolate & Vanilla Semifreddo' and 'Strawberry Trifle, while there are excellent British cheeses from Neal's Yard.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch is deservedly popular.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-15.30, Sun 12.00-22.00; Dish du Jour Mon-Fri 12.00-19.30 £12 ; mains about £16 to £26
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.30, Sun 12.00-22.00; Dish du Jour Mon-Fri 12.00-19.30 ; mains about £16 to £26
- Wine: a concise list kicks off in the mid £20's
- Wheelchair access: With difficulty in ground-floor bar, not lavatory
- Nearest station: Royal Oak Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays