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Celebrating The Great British Pub In West Essex

This month Haifa Live celebrates the local pub, with one in particular in West Essex catching her eye

The humble public house is very much a part of British culture. It’s a place to bring friends and family together, support local and upcoming talent, and here in West Essex we have plenty to choose from.

Sadly, the restrictions and lockdowns have left some in a very difficult situation having to find or create outdoor space to host guests and come up with creative solutions to get through the last 18 months. In true British fashion I shall touch briefly on the weather and say it has given the entertainment industry another point of contention to deal with, to say the least. I do not think an event has passed that we haven’t used a marquee…

However, just as the cream rises to the top, I also happened upon this quote that I think resonates to our wonderful entertainment business: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change”. And change is exactly what this venue I am introducing some of you to has done. Since purchasing what is now The Railway Bar & Grill back in 2015, publican Denis Young has truly turned this pub around. What was your typical “old school boozer” has now become one of the best live music hubs within the local area. Complete with a full in-house sound system to enable up and coming artists to turn up, plug in and play at ease, they are a real supporter of live music acts, DJs and weekly and monthly showcases, it has also become the perfect place to hire for any private event or celebration.

The Outdoor Space At The Railway
The outdoor space at The Railway

Lockdown did not stop Denis from investing in the outside space, which now has a stretch canopy, heaters, outside speakers and a children’s play area. I am always speaking to locals and the resounding feedback is “there is nowhere to go to dance, meet new people and have a good night out”, so here is your chance to try a local venue that has put real effort into creating a space for exactly that. Check them out at – I am always on the lookout for new venues so, my lovely readers, if you think there are places worth putting on the map do get in touch.


Melin Chigwell accompanied by live sax for Haifa’s only residency in Essex, every Thursday. Booking line 0208 506 0382

Sunday 26 September – My Soul Sunday, all day event with Haifa plus special guests, venue to be announced @haifalive and @singitevents

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