Railway Kitchen pulls out of Alderley


The Railway Kitchen has closed its doors after nearly three years of trading in the village.

Brought to Alderley Edge by the team behind the Mughli Indian eateries, it was initially a collaboration with local chef David Gale as a pop-up restaurant and gin bar which would be open for 12 weeks.

The 40-seater Railway Kitchen was quite different from their Manchester and Knutsford establishments, taking inspiration from their Southern restaurants, such as their Soho based British coffee shop and wine bar, Damson & Co.

Speaking at the time of opening the 40-seater restaurant and gin bar, Haz Arshad told me "The idea is to be a little bit more creative and show people Indian food can be a lot more exciting than chicken tikka masala and nan bread.

"The food has delicate but robust flavours. Definitely not your vindaloo spices, but more subtle."

At the time of publication I have been unable to obtain a comment from the owners regarding their decision to close The Railway Kitchen & Bar.

The Railway Cafe, The Railway Kitchen


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Neil Bridge
Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 4:14 pm
sad because it was very good
Steven Mccrory
Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 4:48 pm
Another one bites the dust in the busiest trading period of the year...such a shame. May be worth an online poll of what Alderley locals really want in the Village...a great Thai or cheaper chinese would work for me
Yvonne Bentley
Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 5:17 pm
I totally agree with Steven
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 6:27 pm
An Indian restaurant please
Stephen Justice
Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 7:01 pm
Very sorry to see this great place gone... good food, good gins and excellent staff.

I’m guessing the scale of the venue was likely not enough to provide a realistic return for the owners who have several larger restaurant/bars.

But it wasn’t exactly lacking customers so maybe an owner manager could well have a much more viable opportunity- hopefully somebody will reopen as something similar.

As for an Indian, Thai or cheaper Chinese... we had both a Chinese at the Blue Lobster site and an Indian restaurant in the Railway’s premises. They clearly both closed maybe suggesting insufficient customer interest?

Any of the three Asian options mentioned would suit me - but the real question is are there enough people who want to fill any of them to make the business pay.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 7:53 pm
The food and gin may have been o.k. but not enough people used it.
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 21st December 2017 at 6:51 am
Stephen you are probably right in saying that an independent place would probably fail if they take this unit on. We have majority of the coffee chains already so maybe a Subway might flourish in this retail space.
Glenn Hudson
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 12:41 am
A Subway! A joke surely.
The reason the Alderley Rose closed down was because it was empty. And it was empty because it was rubbish. How nice it would be to have someone take over either the Blue Lobster or the Railway who knew what they were doing.
Fiona Doorbar
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 12:34 pm
No more of a joke than M&S potentially moving onto the station site surely!
Jon Williams
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 3:58 pm
Too small for a Subway !
Just a useful shop would do.
Glenn Hudson
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 11:55 pm
There’s a world of difference between a high quality premium outlet like M&S Food and a Subway. (Though the sq ft is about right for a Subway Jon) The problem with this unit is that it only has 7 years left on the lease, is being sold for £150k and there is a rental of £375 per week. Taking into account rent, depreciation, staff costs and raw materials the site would need to turnover at least £5k per week just to break even. At an ambitious £30 per Head cover you’d need around 160 people per week to break even. The size of the unit holds about 40 people (at a push) which means that any idea would have to be absolutely brilliant in order for any restaurant on this site to be viable. Too small, too expensive, too much like very very hard work and hence too risky. A ‘useful shop’ would need to be remarkably useful in order to survive.......another luxury shoe shop maybe?.......
Charlie Gaughan
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 1:58 pm
What ever the next business is unless it’s suported won’t last but it will have to be the right one