Railway Inn

“Accomplished cooking and local ciders.” - AA Inspector



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At the foot of the Mendip Hills in the village of Sandford, the Railway Inn is a traditional country pub with a ‘worth a detour’ contemporary restaurant. Owned by local cider makers Thatchers, locals, walkers and their dogs populate the bar, with foodies heading to the spacious dining room where the modern British cooking is underpinned by classic French technique.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

2 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Railway Inn
Station Road, Sandford, WINSCOMBE, SOMERSET, BS25 5RA


Opening times
  • Closed:
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern, French classic

About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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