Chiswick Park Station opened on 1st July 1879 as Acton Green Station on the Metropolitan District Railway. It was renamed as Acton Green and Chiswick Park in 1887 before gaining its present name in 1910.
Like the last couple of stations I’ve visited(Ealing Common and Acton Town), it was rebuilt at the start of the 1930s as part of the extension of the Piccadilly Line from Hammersmith. Like the previous two, it is also from a design by Charles Holden. This was the first time I’d got off at this station and I really like the station tower, with the Underground logo on top, seems to loom over the platforms like a totem pole. This, according to wikipedia, was to make the station visible from nearby Chiswick High Road.
I was also rather taken with the windows in the ticket hall, as you can see from the gallery. Again according to wikipedia, these aspects of Holden’s station work were inspired by Alfred Grenander’s ‘Krumme Lanke’ station in Berlin. Maybe one day once I’ve finished this, I’ll be reviewing a German beerhall by Krumme Lanke as part of my Berlin blog…
The Pub: The Duke Of Sussex, South Parade, W4 5LF
After admiring the circular qualities of Chiswick Park tube, I and my American companions headed off in the direction of Acton Green. We were originally heading for The Swan pub via Acton Lane thanks to a Twitter recommendation but there was a change to the advertised schedule as we passed ‘The Duke of Sussex’. From its rather impressive exterior the place looked rather nice, and coming from Sussex, I couldn’t resist the allure of the name so we went here instead!
Inside, it is very smart and clean gastropub with touches of its old pub heritage remaining in the shape of the decorated glass windows partitioning parts of the pub’s front room. In addition to the main bar area, there is also a seated back room dining area with an impressive roof and collection of chandeliers, as captured in the gallery.
As it was a sunny day, we parked ourselves in the spacious back garden. Given the area, its menu is certainly placed within the higher end of gastropubs, with a distinctly Spanish flavour with a number of Paella dishes. Staying true to my Sussex routes, I went for Fish and Chips but the other dishes looked particularly nice too – especially the steak!
Given the standard of food, this almost feels like a restaurant with a very big garden and a selection of real ales – no bad thing in my opinion. A fine place to grab a pint!