Visiting on a Tuesday lunchtime, we were happy to discover this friendly and relaxed vegan/veggie pub just down the road from Southend Central railway station. What others may describe as shabby, we perceived as well-worn and characterful. The decor has a definite faded charm that hints of the heyday of the railways in bygone days.
The menu board boasted an interesting variety of veggie and vegan options and all were very reasonably priced (£7.00 for a main meal). We both opted for the Crass Burger - one with home-made potato wedges and the other with home-made chips. The food was attractively presented, and the portion sizes were very generous. The salad was well dressed and the coleslaw a real treat. Condiments came out of bottles, not packets, which makes a pleasant change these days.
All in all, two happy vegans enjoyed an exceedingly good lunch (and tea with soya milk!), and will definitely be returning to The Railway Hotel when we visit Southend-on-Sea again.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday April 02, 2013