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The Railway Inn is open!

We are really excited to have opened our doors again, to share occasions and create memorable experiences with you, but it’s important we do so with the safety of our team and guests in mind.

Please come along as you wish. We will personally be welcoming all guests and our team will seat everyone at tables either inside or outside taking preference and availability into account. We are pleased to say that we are now taking bookings.

We’re following government guidelines very carefully and have ensured social distance guidelines are in place to allow for safe movement around the pub. We’ve introduced additional cleaning and hygiene checks. This includes placing hand sanitisers at each entrance and exit point, as well as having single use menus that are fully recyclable. You’ll also see notices displayed on the wall outline our responsibilities to our staff and to our guests.

We want all our guests to have the best possible time at The Railway – after all, going to the pub is about enjoyment – so we welcome your feedback about the measures we’re putting in place. Should you have any queries or questions prior to your visit please do not hesitate to give us a ring or email.

The Railway Inn’s Opening Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10am-10pm
Friday: 10am-10pm
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Sunday: 9am – 8pm

Food Service Hours:

Thursday: Main Menu – 12pm – 8:30pm
Friday: Main Menu – 12pm – 8:30pm
Saturday: Breakfast Menu – 9am – 11.30am, Main Menu – 12pm – 8:30pm
Sunday: Breakfast Menu – 9am – 11.30am, Main Menu – 12pm – 7pm

The Railway Inn

Our very own Thatchers family pub here in the heart of Sandford.

You can be sure of a Thatchers family welcome at our village pub here in the heart of Sandford.

Of course it goes without saying that you’ll find our Somerset ciders on the bar. After all, they’re crafted just next door at Myrtle Farm.

And that’s important as we like to keep things local at the Railway Inn. Our wines have been carefully chosen by our friends at The Wine Shop in neighbouring Winscombe and we’ve some great regional beers and ales too.


We’ve a spacious outdoor patio area with plenty of room for the children to play. If you’ve just enjoyed a family walk or cycle along the popular Strawberry Line – which runs through our gorgeous Katy orchards – there’s dedicated bike parking, and there’s even a place to tether your horse!  We love well behaved dogs too, but please, just in the bar and lounge or of course, in the garden.

Catch up with friends, read the paper and relax with a coffee or a pint in our cosy lounge with its open fire.  Pop in for lunch,  or celebrate a special occasion in our stunning oak beamed dining room. Enjoy our chef’s passion for seasonal and regional produce – our meat doesn’t have far to travel from Blagdon, and our fresh vegetables are grown just over the hills at the award winning Ethicurean in Wrington.

The Railway Inn is a Sandford tradition – it’s been at the heart of village life for 140 years. When William Thatcher was making cider here at Myrtle Farm in 1904 he no doubt shared a tale or two at the bar after a long day’s work pressing the apples. We couldn’t be prouder to have the Railway Inn at the heart of the Thatchers family.

Our menus and opening times are available on the Railway Inn website.