Railway Inn

Edinburgh & The Lothians - West Calder

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: C

43 Main St.
West Calder
EH55 8DL

Tel: (01506) 871691

Email: railwayinn43@hotmail.com

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: West Calder

Station Distance: 482m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (West Calder) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Built around 1895, this corner-site pub has a U-shaped servery with a bar on either side. In the centre of the servery is the star attraction, an unusual openwork gantry, delicately detailed, with a two-storey superstructure and slender turned balusters. It has a wide opening in the middle to allow staff easy access from one side to the other. Originally the servery linked up to the back wall, but a customer walkway has been created in recent times. Another significant survival, opposite the entrance, is the now-disused tiny jug bar (or if you prefer the version of some regulars, specially built as the ‘priests’ hole’ where clergy could sneak in undetected for a tipple – so are pub myths born!). A corridor leads to a large, fairly plain lounge. This, like the rest of the Railway, has wooden dado panelling. On the way there, the gents’ offers a rather splendid and unusual marble urinal, plus old wall- and floor-tiling. Listed in 2008 as a result of survey work by CAMRA.

Built around 1895, this corner-site pub has a U-shaped servery with a bar on either side. In the centre of the servery is the star attraction, an unusual openwork gantry, delicately detailed, with a two-storey superstructure and slender turned balusters. It has a wide opening in the middle to allow staff easy access from one side to the other. Originally the servery linked up to the back wall, but a customer walkway has been created in recent times.

Another significant survival, opposite the entrance, is the now-disused tiny jug bar (or if you prefer the version of some regulars, specially built as the ‘priests’ hole’ where clergy could sneak in undetected for a tipple – so are pub myths born!). A corridor leads to a large, fairly plain lounge. This, like the rest of the Railway, has wooden dado panelling. On the way there, the gents’ offers a rather splendid and unusual marble urinal, plus old wall- and floor-tiling. Listed in 2008 as a result of survey work by CAMRA. Food consists of rolls.

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