The Railways: The pub revived from an eyesore and has become part of the Bromley Cross community

Each week we put the spotlight on some of the best wateringholes and locations bolt on And find out more about the surrounding areas and their love for them and the industry.

This time we at the Railway Pub in Bromley Cross with Mike Hales about the reasons for his success.

Pub Name:

Railway at Bromley Cross

Pub Address:

37 Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, BL7 9LY

Name of Landlord/Landlord:

Michael Hales

How long have you been a landlord/landlord?

3 years

rod Employees and their names:

Lewis is the general manager and Kim is his assistant.

Give us some history about the pub:

We revived the railway in 2018, it had been upended for a while and was considered a local eyesore. Since then, we have built a reputation as a family-friendly pub and dining experience. We are proud to be part of a community with close ties to local schools, sports teams and businesses.

Is food served? If so, what’s on the menu?

Yes, we serve a mix of pub classics, big burgers and delicious pizza. There really is something for everyone.

Is there a beer garden?


Do you have a darts/snooker/pool team?


The most popular drink served is:

Everyone loves railway cocktails. Lewis and his bar team are excellent.

Most memorable moment in the pub:

Opening night in 2018 was insane and such a relief. It took a lot of work to build the pub, but this was just the beginning.

Do you have it entertainment line up?

Yes, we will have live events every Saturday afternoon throughout December

Have you faced any challenges within the industry?

The enforced shutdown and outside service only under the government’s COVID response has been incredibly challenging. We were hurt the most in Bolton, but we came back.

The best thing about running a pub is…

People, energy, noise, chatter.

The worst thing about running a pub is…

Aching feet, we walk a few miles.

The perfect cure for a hangover is…

Afternoon nap after weekend breakfast on the railway.

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