Book your Party with us

The Railway Inn has it's own dedicated function space available for private hire. Located toward the rear of our building, the Platform offers a comprehensive space for all sorts of private party hire in Portslade including; Wedding receptions, Birthdays, Work Dos, Baby Showers, Life Celebrations and much more

Comprised of a airy, high-ceilinged main room with wooden floors, private bar, professional sound system & lighting setup and direct access to our garden, the platform has everything you need to show your guests a great time. 

Head up the stairs to discover the cosy mezzanine level with sofas on which to relax away from the main party or enjoy the sunshine out in our lovely beer garden.

We offer a fantastic range of catering options for your special day and are well-versed in catering for a range of dietary requirements, allergies and preferences.
Check out our new for 2021 catering packages below

Tell us more about your event
To help us plan your event with you, please let us know the following:

Event type: Wedding reception / Birthday Party / Leaving do / Baby shower etc

Proposed date and time: What date are you looking to book for and what time?

Guest attendance: How many people are you expecting?

Catering: What sort of food & drink package can we provide for you?

Entertainment: Are you looking to put on live music or a DJ?

Additional requirements: Do you have any special requests or accessibility needs?


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The Platform: An Overview

Venue Capacity:  
80-100 People Maximum (Standing) 

Venue Hire Fee:  
£150 for a 6 hour time slot (£25 per hour for extra hours)
Time slots are usually booked 12pm - 6pm / 6pm - 12am  /  7pm - 1am
We also offer the option to add the Garden to your hire at an additional £50 per hour


Damage Deposit Scheme: 
We operate a £100 damage deposit for all hires. This is to prevent repairs causing a delay to subsequent hires after a booking.
The damage deposit is refundable once we have the venue back and have checked for any damage to fixtures & fittings.
This is usually processed within 24-72hrs depending on when you are booked in.


Cancellation Policy:
In the event of cancellation, we would need no less than 2 months notice for you to receive a full refund. Any cancellation made after this time,
we will refund the damage deposit however will retain the hire fee until we can the fill the room again.
If in the event we cannot fill the room after your cancellation, we will retain the hire fee cost.


Catering Options:
We have a great selection of buffet menu options to suit all appetites. Like our regular menus, we cater for all sorts of
dietary types and requirements and are happy to tailor the menu to your parties needs.
For health and safety reasons, we do not permit external catering. Only food and drink purchased on the property may be consumed.
We make a singular exception in the form of a Wedding/Birthday Cake. See our current catering packages

Private Back Bar: 
The Platform is kitted out with it's very own private bar. Fully staffed and stocked with a selection of draught beers, wines and spirits,
there's plenty to whet your whistle. The back bar is automatically included on hires of 3+ hours for bookings with 20+ guests.


Set Up / Decoration: 
Where staffing permits, we are happy to help you set up before the event or you are welcome to come in earlier to decorate where possible.
We ask that nothing is stuck to the wood-work or paint-work as this can mark either and if so, can be deducted from the damage deposit.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements for decorating for your event.

Event Staffing: 
The Venue will provide friendly, experienced bar & waiting staff for all events.


DJ’s / Live Music can be sourced for your event. Live performances must finish before 11pm,
pre-recorded music is permitted until 12 midnight. 
All forms of entertainment will remain within the accepted conditions of our license.
Please discuss your requirements with us when making a booking.

Venue Equipment:
We have a full sound and lighting setup available for use in the Venue. All Venue equipment is used at your own risk.
DJs & bands must provide all their own back-line equipment, microphones, instruments, breakables & cables; we do not provide gear hire or spares.
The Venue accepts no responsibility for external equipment lost or damaged at the Venue.
We have an 8 channel stage-box with monitor sends for use with an external sound-desk and a dedicated DJ input in the sound booth upstairs. 
Please email us if you would like to request a full technical specification.


House Rules For Under 18’s: 
Our house rules are that children under the age of 18 are welcome on the premises up until 8pm and must be supervised at all times.   
Children will need to be taken home at 8pm unless this has been expressly pre-approved by our management, in advance.
For special occasions such as Weddings, we may discuss extending this for older children present dependent on the age and number present.
We are a family friendly pub, however a pub is still an adult environment so we will always try to do what is fairest for everyone. 

Venue Licensing: 
The Venue operates in accordance to our licensing conditions and local authorities’ licensing objectives at all times.
We also have a ‘Challenge 25’ policy for people lucky enough to look young.

 It is not permitted under any circumstances for a person or persons under the age of 18 to consume alcohol of any kind on our premises.

Fire Safety: 
Fire exits are clearly visible throughout the premises. Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure of their whereabouts.

The Venue is wheelchair accessible as is the main bar, where the accessible WC is located.
If you have particular access requirements, please get in touch with us.

Most Importantly: 
We hope you have a wonderful time and look forward to hosting your event.


Catering Packages 2021

Take a look at our New catering options for 2021. We offer two main types of buffet as a starting point: Hot buffet & Finger buffet.

Hot Buffets are great for a cosy, sit-down meal with family & friends where guests can serve themselves an ideal portion for lunch/dinner.
Finger Buffets are perfect for livelier Parties where guests are mingling, dancing and helping themselves throughout the party.

We can cater for all sorts of dietary requirements so please discuss this with our events managers when building your catering package.

The dishes and sides shown are a guideline to help build your package and we can create bespoke tailored packages with enough notice. 

We also offer Alfresco catering including BBQ and Paella packages.

These are weather dependent so we usually suggest these for summer/autumn events

We look forward to discussing your ideas and requirements with you.

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