private hire & functions

The Perfect Space for Functions, Parties & Events...

**** Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and current restrictions in effect from Public Health England and the UK Government, ****
we are not taking any further bookings for 2020 at this time.

If you have a booking for 2020 our Events Manager will be in touch with you via email to discuss your event.

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 parties, wedding receptions, leaving-dos and all manner of events.

Comprised of a high ceiling main room with wooden floors, private bar, professional grade sound-system and lighting setup,
access to the rear garden it's the perfect space for a good old fashioned knees up. Head up the stairs to discover 
the cosy mezzanine level with sofas on which to relax away from the main party.

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. Please discuss options with our Events Manager when making a booking. 

Provisional bookings are available for the first half of 2021 and regular bookings are now open
for the second half of 2021 and the whole of 2022 and beyond. 


If you would like to enquire about booking the Platform, please email our Events Manager on

In order to give us a better idea of your event, please be sure to provide us with
as much information as possible when making an enquiry.

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?

The Platform: General Information

Venue Capacity:  
80-100 People Maximum (Standing)

Venue Hire Fee:  
£150 for 6 hours ( £25 per hour for extra hours)

Damage Deposit Scheme: 
£100 to be refunded following your event, provided there is no damage to the Venue.


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. 

Private Back Bar: 
Included in the hire fee is the availability of our back bar, fully staffed and stocked with a selection of draught beers, wines and spirits.

Set Up / Decoration: 
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 will come out of the damage deposit.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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.
This is in place for the well-being and safety of children in an adult environment.

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.

The Railway Inn  -  2 Boundary Road  -  Portslade  -  East Sussex  -  BN41 1GA  -  01273 271220