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Come and see the The Railway Tavern, under new ownership.

Everyone welcome.


Sarah and Alex Capon welcome you to the beautiful Railway Tavern in Brightlingsea, Essex.

Originally built as a hotel in 1865 to service the railway, which is sadly no longer with us, it is a wonderful part of the history of our town.

The Tavern has been operating as a public house for many years now and due to its location near to the river Colne and promenade, has remained successful. As a family, we took ownership in April 2018 and are delighted to continue the age-old tradition of this historic free house. We are proud to be a real ale house and part of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale).

We offer three ales on draught: the very popular Essex Boys, which is on our pumps permanently and supplied to us by Crouch Vale brewery in South Woodham Ferrers, and two guest ales which are supplied to us by various local breweries and which are continuously on rotation.

From our fridges we offer bottled and canned lagers, soft drinks and crisp, cold, white wines. On our shelves we have a selection of red wines, crisps and peanuts for you to enjoy. Our permanent draught cider is Thatchers and we also have real boxed ciders for you to enjoy.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome but please be aware that we do have a very beautiful Labrador named Cooper who is off his lead in the bar most days.

We also have a cat that makes a regular appearance!


We welcome well behaved children under 13 until 7pm and 13-17 year olds until 9pm.

2018 and 2019 will see extensive renovation works being carried out which we are very excited about.

We can't wait to see you. Please watch out for up coming events!

Sarah and Alex


Come meet Cooper the bar dog.


Quiz Night

Every Tuesday

Starting at 7pm prompt we have a short 10 multiple choice quiz!

The questions range across the board and the winner receives  a bottle of wine of their choice. If you are unlucky enough to not answer any correctly then we will help you drown your sorrows with a free half of ale on us.


Whoever wins must hold the quiz the following week! Just don't forget to bring your sheet of questions and answers with you.

Live Music

Advertised on posters and social media

Look out for the amazing live music we stage in the back room of the pub.

We advertise bands on posters and in advance on our facebook page.

Takeaway Night

Every Night

As we are unable to cater for food we are more than happy for you to order take away and consume it on our premises whilst enjoying your drink.


We do just ask that you take your rubbish away with you and dispose of it responsibly and also that you refrain from bringing with you any snacks that we already sell (crisps & peanuts).



The Railway Tavern, 58 Station Rd, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0DT


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