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Railway Hotel

(formerly Augustus John; Load of Hay; Railway Hotel)

116 Station Road

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Opening Times


Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sunday11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 2.30, 6 - 9.30 Mon - Sat
12 - 4 Sun

About the Pub

Pub closed as the Augustus John 1st January 2019 for a major refurbishment. It reopened under its original name the Railway Hotel in autumn 2020. The following description dates from Augustus John days. The pub reopened a week before lockdown 2 so we haven't yet had a chance to resurvey it.

The Railway Hotel (by then called the Load of Hay) was renamed Augustus John after closure of the railway line in 1964. The eponymous artist, who died in Fordingbridge in 1961, was a customer; prints of his work adorn the walls. The pub has a bar and a dining area, and the varied menu features locally-sourced produce, and includes vegetarian options, a children's menu and home-made desserts. Four rooms are available for accommodation but wheelchair access is to the pub only. Nearby are Rockbourne Roman Villa, the Avon Valley footpath, and good fishing.

Historic Interest

Built around 1860 and originally called the Railway Hotel it was renamed the 'Load of Hay' after the railway line closed in 1964. In 1996 the name changed again, to the 'Augustus John', after the famous artist (1878-1961) who lived nearby and drank in the pub. The pub reverted to its original name in 2020.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Piddle Railway Hotel Best Bitter

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Beer range yet to be surveyed.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Summer only.


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Also open for breakfast 8am - 10am daily.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Patio area.

  • Parking Parking

    Large car park.

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Railway Hotel

116 Station Road

Sat Nav Reference

50.92872, -1.8057

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½ mile west of Fordingbridge on road to Sandleheath

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Railway Hotel, Ashford - 21st June 2020

Railway Hotel

116 Station Road

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking

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