Railway Inn scoops The Falkirk Herald’s Best Bar title

Railway Inn owners Graham and Jackie Anderson toast their success with staff and regular. Picture: Michael Gillen
Railway Inn owners Graham and Jackie Anderson toast their success with staff and regular. Picture: Michael Gillen
  • Dennyloanhead pub adds Herald title to its growing list of accolades
  • Regulars commended its range of food and live entertainment

Pub regulars know what they like - and were quick to point that out when The Falkirk Herald launched its Best Bar 2014 challenge.

The votes poured in from punters across the district backing their favourite to take the title.

It really is fantastic news and left us both really chuffed

But there can be only one winner - and today we congratulate Dennyloanhead’s Railway Inn on its success.

A traditional pub with a recently refurbished bar and lounge, mine hosts Graham and Jackie Anderson have created a welcoming hostelry which more than covers all the bases.

As well as the usual drinking hours, the Railway Inn serves food from noon until 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday - and a menu, including the traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings, from 12.30 through to 7.30 p.m. on a Sunday.

There is a folk night to enjoy on a Monday, a pub quiz every second Wednesday and Thursday nights are open to musicians to take their guitars along and play... with customers very much encouraged to sing along!

Visitors may wonder where the Inn takes its name from considering there is no visible railway nearby.

The old Bonnybridge - Kilsyth line used to run to the rear of the property, and the building once served as a working station.

But the line closed to passengers in 1932 and the railway itself closed to all traffic in 1964.

The pub is now so popular it has already been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor and been nominated for a national newspaper’s Pub of the Year award.

Meantime, Graham and Jackie are delighted with the support which has earned them The Falkirk Herald prize.

Jackie said: “It really is fantastic news and left us both really chuffed. They kept saying they had voted for us, but we never really thought given the competition across the district that we would win.

‘‘We’re both absolutely delighted.”