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

Real ale & Cider: Real Ale

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

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Built around 1900, this little-altered archetypal Scottish town bar with has extensive original fittings in the form of a U-shaped bar counter, disused (but intact) jug bar with hatch as you enter, and delicate island gantry (effectively in two parts with an arched walk-through central section). The dado panelling is original; the large Teacher's 'Celebrated Whiskies' mirror could be 100 years old but the seating and floor covering are new. Carrying on down the passage on the right and you will find a large, plain lounge at the rear, also with old dado panelling. Visit the gents', if you can, for the mightily impressive marble urinal, tiled dado and red tiled floor.

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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