The Railway Hotel
Location: 32 Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ
Price Range: £-££
A trip to the seaside is never complete without eating chips right? Well, The Railway hotel in Southend on Sea held the answer on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The quirky hotel is located on Clifton Road, a short walk from Southend central station and the main high street. It’s wooden panelled walls and outdated decor gives it a rustic feel with the elongated bar being the main feature. They proudly display their 2016 vegan food award from PETA for their outstanding vegan take on fish and chips amongst other recognitions for their cuisine.
The Autumn Menu
Having just launched their new Autumn menu, I was ecstatic to try what was on offer. There was a wide range of mains to choose from including three types of burgers, risotto, stew and dumplings, a ‘meat’ stroganoff and ‘fish’ and chips. Despite the Tofu fish and chips appeal, I opted for the sun-dried tomato, chickpea and nut burger out of my love for the three main ingredients.
The burger patty itself was bursting with Autumnal flavours. The sundried tomatoes were rich and balanced perfectly with the nuts and chickpeas. Despite the burger being a little crumbly, the toasted buttery bun completed the package. The chips, which were more like wedges, crispy on the outer and fluffy on the inside, were twinned perfectly with their thick vegan mayonnaise. To my delight the whole grain mustard coleslaw was a great addition that was tangy and flavoursome.
Also sampled was the ‘neeps and tatties’ Haggis Burger which definitely delivered. The sweetness of the parsnips complimented the potato and reminded me of the vegan dishes consumed in Scotland earlier this year. The patty texture was more dense and filling, replicating the likes of the traditional Scottish dish you would eat. It was hearty and delicious to say the least!
Despite the appeal of the dessert menu, I was too full to order another bite. On offer however was the choice of Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake, Spotted Dick and custard or Banana and Walnut Bread all for £5. Great value for a vegan take on delicious traditional British dishes.
Rating: Food 8.5/10 | Service – 10/10
The staff were extremely friendly and hospitable with customer service on top form. The food was from bar to table within twenty minutes and served with a warm smile. Prices were spot on for the large portion sizes as well as the delicious flavours. I will definitely be returning to try the Fish and Chips and a dessert or two!
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