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by bazjscott

Review: My brother was trying vegan food for a day as a birthday gift to me and whilst in Southend we needed to eat. I checked the website and it looked like no food was served on a Saturday so we went to a nearby cafe that offered vegan food, Closed, even though the times on the door said it was open. The Railway Hotel website did mention they can usually cater for small parties so I called and they said food would not be a problem. We arrived minutes later and despite the pub looking a bit run down in the harsh light of day, the guy behind the bar was very friendly, started us on a tab, served drinks and took our orders. My brother and I had the Crass burger with homemade chips, we were informed the burger was named after a band, and for the others not eating dinner we ordered some garlic bread and (I thought) chips for the table. The burger and chip meals arrived with a side of garlic bread and wedges instead of chips, I couldn't be happier. I gave the kids some of my chips and had instead what looked like sweet potato wedges with a sweet chilli sauce, so good. The burgers were big and came with a good amount of onion cooked to perfection in them. The rest of the plate not taken up by the burgers was salad and the delicious homemade chips. I mentioned earlier the pub was a bit run down looking in the harsh light of day, well this did make the very high quality food look a bit out of place but it was clean, the toilets were clean and the look of the pub I imagine changes at night when it fills up with people coming to listen to the very frequent live music they have. The pub is located near to the high street and just a few hundred meters from the train station so should make easy travelling for most. During the day this is a perfect place for me, easy to get to, quiet and friendly. However, I do think I will have to make a visit one evening to sample the live music just out of interest. I know I will be back here to eat again but I am not sure if I will have the strength of will to try something else off the menu knowing how good the Crass burger is. Updated from previous review on Saturday August 18, 2012

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