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“A modest but pleasant hostelry”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Railway Inn

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The Railway Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Culham B&B and Inns
Swaffham, United Kingdom
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389 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“A modest but pleasant hostelry”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

This privately run pub is a modest establishment but is still a friendly and pleasant place to visit. The main bar is comfortable, with well a presented selection of local real ales and other drafts and serves a wide range of honest pub grub. The close proximity to the rail line is all too obvious as fast trains rush by regularly!
The attractive bedrooms are well presented, very clean and with all expected facilities, but can be rather noisy. As in the name, the many trains on quite a main line through Oxford do impose if the room is near the line.

Room Tip: Rooms 8 and 9 are probably in the quietest part of the hotel.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

As soon as we walked through the door we were greeted with a warm welcome and smile. We were shown to our table which was nice and roomy, not one of the normally small tables you get. We were advised that we had a choice of Sunday roast or off the menu. We chose from both. The food arrived and we tucked in eagerly. We were not disappointed the lamb was recommended and rightly so. All food was cooked perfectly and all plates cleared. Portion sizes were great and price was good. This was followed by a selection of puddings, treacle sponge was a treat. All staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They were also knowledgeable about the menu they offered and to what choices you could have with your main meal. The Railway Inn is in character of what its name suggests. Yes, you hear the trains going by, but this is all part of the experience. They go through so quickly, blink and they are gone. The best thing was that although there were other diners we were not rushed at any stage, which made the whole experience enjoyable. We left feeling very full and happy. Unfortunately we never got to try the games room, but it is another good reason to go back. Parking was ample and a few steps from the pub.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Shazzha
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Southampton
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36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

Hotel owner was lovely and very friendly. Room was clean and bathroom was nice. Beds were very hard, Ceilings sloping in bedroom and bathroom so you had to be careful not to bang your head. Not much room to move round bed and stairs were very steep up 2 flights. The trains were worse than I thought they would be, the noise didnt bother me as I live on a main road and am used to noise but the whole building shook evey time a train went past which was about every 10 minutes. For this reason I thought he price was a little on the high side.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank CarolSouthampton
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Aylesbury
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44 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Two weary walkers (following the Thames Path) were made very welcome by everyone. A warm comfortable room, nice food, excellent beer.
The live band and the trains (clue is in the name!) failed to disturb us.
I was even offered a vegetarian breakfast - so an extra point for that.
Dog friendly too!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank AylesburyDiver_Girl
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Bedworth, UK
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

I stayed for one night as it had good ratings on Hotel.com and on Tripadvisor. My room was about 20 yd from a high speed train line, trains ran every 10 min or so. They stopped about 1am and started again about 5am, so I did not get much sleep. They adverts promised full internet, but I couldn't get it in my room ( too much steel in that part of the building I was told). I did get internet OK down in the bar. Breakfast was good, just a shame about the train noise.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room away from the trains.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Thank doctorpw
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Lage Zwaluwe, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Just returned from a short holiday in England,this time with two of the children,as in the past we stayed with Pauline and Roy at the Railway, and as usual it was wonderful, nothing is to much trouble for this lovely couple,the food is superb,and so is the cider, the kids (25 and 27) loved it,when we pulled into the carpark after a very long trip from Holland, my wife Lobke said home at last, and thats just how it feels, david and lobke

Room Tip: all good We have stayed in all the rooms over the years
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank daveandlobke
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

went to this pub for sunday lunch as recommended by a friend of my wifes, it was about 2.30 and only about 7 or 8 people in eating food which was strange for a pub thats " so good" there was 3 of us and we sat at a table and the waitress asked us what we wanted, two of us went for roast lamb and one for lamb shank,after about 3 minutes the waitress came back to tell us there was no roast lamb so we asked if there were 3 lamb shanks which we were informed there was so we waited for those to arrive, after about 5 minutes the waitress returned to tell us that there were no lamb shanks in the freezer so once again we had to choose something else, we chose the roast beef and after about 10 minutes it arrived, plenty of beef which was so tender it just fell to pieces but the veg's were a bit on the tough side but it was quite a good plate of food,but all in all the main grumble i have is the the old man behind the bar who kept calling me "mate" which i really hate because i am their customer and feel i should be called sir i know that sounds snobbish but i feel right is right, i'm no mate of his and he's no mate of mine, his final words were see you again mate, no i don't think so.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank chlodarfin
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Property: The Railway Inn
Address: Station Road, Culham OX14 3BT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Culham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Culham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Railway Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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