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Railway Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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65 Gingell St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5472 1250
15:00 - 00:30
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 15:00 - 23:00
Fri 15:00 - 00:30
Sat 12:00 - 00:30
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Torquay, Victoria, Australia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a cosy hotel with a great variety on the menu, so much so it was REALLY hard to choose. The food we had was better than you're average pub meal by far. Definitely recommend dining here.

Thank Shara_Trinchini
Bendigo, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tuesday evening seeking a meal in a country pub. The bistro was packed......we had picked their "specials" night. All meals $16.50 We almost decamped elsewhere when a table for 4 was located It turned out to be a lovely evening with well prepared and enjoyable meals

Thank Michael G
Cowra, Australia
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the third place we looked at and we weren't expecting it to be such a find. The delightful Jacqueline warmly welcomed us, despite being very busy, and Tully the barman provided excellent wine knowledge. The menu initially didn't seem interesting and we felt it was designed for local tastes, but we finally found the Muscovy Duck with "cutlet... More 

Thank cowra2794
Daylesford, Australia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time at this lovely hotel. It's tucked away behind the railway station, hence the name, and very welcoming. Lovely lunch with interstate friends. We all ordered seafood which was served beautifully in a lovely dining room type setting. Beers and wine were served at perfect temperatures and the waiting staff very professional. Thoroughly recommended and we will return.

Thank Anne C
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Very disappointing experience. My friends' 'medium rare' steak was totally under cooked, the "hand cut fat chips" were in fact potato wedges (no real problem with that, but just call the damn things "wedges"), and the overall service was extremely slow - both with the wait staff attending to the tables, and also at the bar. Considering they charge almost... More 

Thank Estelle D
Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Great variety on menu . Prompt service and tasty meal. Staff very friendly and helpful, had the chicken schnitzel and it was delicious

Thank marleneries
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The food is carelessly prepared and I had to send mine back because it was undercooked The presentation is bad, service rough and ready and there is no realcare for service at all.

Thank Tony A
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We visited for a New Year's Eve meal and drinks. The bar and wait staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and patient (thanks Lachy!). The food is excellent and portions are generous. The sparkling wine selection was limited, only a small drawback. Later on, very surprised and welcome to see the owner and some staff serving in the sister pub, The... More 

Thank Phillip S
Wollongong, Australia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Short walk from the town centre, well worth the effort and a must before leaving Castlemaine. Atmosphere A1, service A1 with a menu varied and interesting. Visited it twice during our stay.

Thank Nanellah
Victoria, Australia
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Had a dining room meal here with my 2 year old and we loved it! It was a Saturday night so we booked, which I would recommend. Good selection of food options and local wines. Recommended.

Thank Fie_Rie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$23
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:00
15:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Gingell St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Castlemaine
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5472 1250
The Railway Hotel is located in the historic township of Castlemaine within the goldfields area in central Victoria. The Hotel dates back to the mid 1800's and is one of a few surviving hotels from the bustling gold boom era. The Hotel is located adjacent to the historic working railway station which services the Melbourne to Bendigo line as well at the Steam Trains from both Maldon and Melbourne. The Hotel has a real vintage feel of a bygone era incorporating a locals bar, bistro and bar and outside verandah area. The "Railway" is a welcoming and inviting place for locals and travellers with an award winning chef preparing food sourced locally and a range of local beers and ciders on tap. Our spirit wall hosts an inviting range of imported whiskey and bourbon choices and our wine range supports the vineyards of our region.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?