Rail House Café

4.2
746 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
A modern café with handsome bars and a diversity of spaces that evolve throughout the day. The international menu has a contemporary and relaxed approach, offering healthy choices for every day, with plenty of naughty stuff on there too.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 746 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DianaA
London
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out after lockdown and couldn’t have been looked after better despite the restaurant ( outside only) being packed. Great food and although we knew we had to give up table at 1.30 were not rushed and then offered some other seats in the sun to finish our drinks and carry on chilling. Inside looked lovely so we will be back once restrictions lifted.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was great. Cocktails were slightly pricy especially as they were tiny and the outdoor heaters were not very good, you could barely feel them. Would come back again though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

not recommend

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vipRuthH
Surrey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We had a great time as it’s a good spot to sit outside and the staff looked after us well. The food was all a bit bland and a bit too expensive for the quality/flavour

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FloraC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delish and buzzing! Love the outdoor seating area

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NicP
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and service, heaters were nit in outside which would be only criticism.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fab evening, Selina looked after our table brilliantly. One of our party was gluten free and she made sure she was well catered for. Drinks (espresso martini) and wine were so good and all the skewers, and main dishes were gorgeous. Thanks again for a great time!

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ChrisH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I feel the food was over priced and average. The seating was ok and the customer service was excellent.

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Anthony
Kent
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A cold day sitting outside but the service was excellent and the food and drink delicious.

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GillianA
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor seating with heaters. Food really lacking. A table with very boisterous children were next to us which was really no fun at all.

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aracd
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food when it arrived. Slight confusion over the order..friendly staff...delicious food. Expensive but tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was really impressed that having only been open for 2 days post lockdown how well equipped the staff were! Everyone was super friendly and accommodating. I would only like maybe a bit of outdoor music and better heating with outdoor seating. We had margaritas and starters+mains. Higher higher recommend the Halloumi skewer and baked aubergine dip! Burger was different and tasty just a bit dry for me and over cooked.

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Tomr
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff all wearing masks but the tables are quite tightly packed, to the point where if you are joining your table or leaving you are on top of other guests.
Food was excellent and service was good otherwise and would still rate highly.

Rail House Café
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Tom, We're glad you enjoyed food and service! We follow all government guideline on matter of social distancing, keeping 2 meters distancing between tables. Kind regards, Riccardo

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Polly
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food despite some of the options having run out. Service so friendly. Heater near us was broken so very chilly but appreciate it was the first day back up and running after lockdown.

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Anonymous
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice spot to eat outside, good food but quite expensive

Rail House Café
Responded 3 days ago

Hello, Thank you for the kind rating! Riccardo

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JulietK
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience! Comfortable and relaxed.

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ncirish
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff are lovely and welcoming, not too loud so perfect place to catch up with friends. Decent selection of food and drinks too

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was cold!! But the staff were brilliant

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, nice vibe outside with heaters and comfy seats.
Really friendly helpful staff.

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Thea
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice coffee. Pleasant atmosphere. Good wait staff.

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AnnW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We were rung at 3pm to check we were attending, and that Kitchen closes at 3.30 (4pm on there website) arrived at 3.10 for our 3.15 booking, to a very abrupt waitress who showed us a table with no heater. I explained I had requested a heater as we were outside on a rainy day. She replied rudely’ dont you think everyone wants a heater!’
When we were eventually served, nearly everything was gone. Men had to share a whole chicken, no plates given or knives to carve it. My burger was raw, had to send back - sadly very disappointing!!

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SherriJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was bland and did not taste good. We were sat outside so it was cold - to be expected, but there was a heater in the middle of tables and an unused table next to us - layout not well thought out. Wrong eggs served to wrong people which meant half of the food had been eaten before the mistake realised.

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AJ66
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend and will be back soon !
Sat outside and even though it was December it was very warm. The food was amazing and service was great, felt very welcoming. It was my 18th and they surprised me with a desert to say happy birthday, which was very kind of them.

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MaxF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place and the food was very good. We booked outside to be Covid-compliant - pleased it didn’t turn out to be especially cold as the heaters weren’t great!

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Dilly
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good Pescetarian and vegetarian options as well as meat. Food was creative, healthy, tasty but not pretentious. Octopus skewers had a chorizo flavour but cleaner. The closest thing I've had to chorizo since I became a Pescetarian.

Quinoa mango salad isn't as saucy as the insta pics and the artichoke dip was creamy and packed with flavour

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RossM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Outdoor heaters were out of order and it was absolutely freezing due to the location being a total wind tunnel. Food was decent but half the dishes were not that hot.

I'm sure inside in normal times would be a much better experience.

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KatieW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing we were very happy. A little bit pricey but otherwise lovely. Only downside was the heater above our table was broken so we were cold outside.

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JenO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely drinks and meal, would give 5 stars but one of the heaters outside wasn’t working so it was a little cold.

Rail House Café
Responded on 12 December 2020

Hello Jen, We are delighted that you enjoyed food and drinks at Rail. We are working to increase the number of working heaters to provide a warmer experience to everyone. Riccardo

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PipsD
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and lovely staff. Only let down was they didn’t have 3 of the puddings! Starters and mains were really tasty. Would recommend the artichoke dip with the cheesy top- yum.

Rail House Café
Responded on 12 December 2020

Hello Pips, We are delighted you enjoyed food and service! We are working with our suppliers to make sure we have availability of all dishes at all time. Riccardo

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BeataM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I used to have my lunch/brunch there quite often. I was never disappointed with the food. This time however the large bowl salads were really not what I have expected. Portions were tiny and mostly cabbage leaves and some quinoa. the menu has changed and definitely not for the better. Table next to our ordered chicken for two and that came undercooked. Overall I still like the place and staff are very accommodating but food isn’t what it used to be.

Rail House Café
Responded on 12 December 2020

Hello Beasta, We’re really sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the food on your visit to the Rail house café. Please do drop me an email at riccardo@railhouse.cafe even if it’s to pass on convenient contact details, as we’d love the opportunity to chat to you a little more about your experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Riccardo

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Pamela
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service, we'll definitely be back

Rail House Café
Responded on 12 December 2020

Hello Pamela, Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you soon again! Riccardo

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly and very accommodating. The service was amazing and the food was even better! The ambience was perfect especially for a winters day, it just felt so magical and relaxing!

Rail House Café
Responded on 12 December 2020

Hello, We are delighted you enjoyed everything at Rail house cafe and most of all service and ambience. Thank you! Riccardo

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vipNGBda
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very nice and with a good homemade taste although slightly overpriced.

Rail House Café
Responded on 12 December 2020

Hello NGBda, We’re really sorry to hear that you were disappointed about your experience at Rail house café. Please do drop me an email at riccardo@railhouse.cafe even if it’s to pass on convenient contact details, as we’d love the opportunity to chat to you a little more about your experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Riccardo

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Heaters not working doesn’t make for a pleasant outdoor dining experience. Our waitress was lovely and the food was quite nice on the other hand.

Rail House Café
Responded on 5 December 2020

Hello, I'm sorry for the heaters we are actively working to improve the situation, we already increased the number of heaters working and we are planning to get more. We are happy that you enjoyed food and service! Riccardo

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AndrewN
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but portions were quite small (especially full English) for the price.

Rail House Café
Responded on 3 November 2020

Hello Andrew, Thank you for the feedback. Riccardo

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GabbyV
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very expensive for the small portions. Waitress was rude.

Rail House Café
Responded on 3 November 2020

Hello, We’re really sorry to hear that you were disappointed by your experience on your visit to the Rail house café. Please do drop me an email at riccardo@railhouse.cafe even if it’s to pass on convenient contact details, as we’d love the opportunity to chat to you a little more about your experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Riccardo

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MariL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Our mael has been good but not amazing. The truffled mac and cheese was without truffle, the seaweed flavor was too much strong standing above everything. The sourdough roll has been the best thing with a delicious tahini butter. The kale really really salty and I complained for that. The ambience too much noisy, it has been very hard to have a chat. I don’t think I want to come back.

Rail House Café
Responded on 3 November 2020

Hello MariL, We’re sorry to hear that you disappointed by ambience and food at your visit to the Rail house café. Please do drop me an email at riccardo@railhouse.cafe even if it’s to pass on convenient contact details, as we’d love the opportunity to chat to you a little more about your experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Riccardo

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DavidS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent. Only negative was the steak in the tasting menu was fatty and not cooked to the desired taste (very raw for a medium request). Otherwise, great value, lovely food, perfect service

Rail House Café
Responded on 3 November 2020

Hello David, Thank you for the kind review and the feedback. Riccardo

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AbbyC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food but the skewers are really small portions and overpriced.

Rail House Café
Responded on 3 November 2020

Hello Abby, We’re really sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the food on your visit to the Rail house café. Please do drop me an email at riccardo@railhouse.cafe even if it’s to pass on convenient contact details, as we’d love the opportunity to chat to you a little more about your experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. Riccardo

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Outdoor terrace was too cold

Rail House Café
Responded on 3 November 2020

Hello, We are delighted that you enjoyed food and service. Thank you for the feedback regarding the outdoor terrace. We are working on improvements of the outdoor seating in order to improve the quality of the ambience and the guest experience all around. Riccardo

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Rail House Café is rated 4.2 stars by 746 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.