By the time you reach Osterley on the Piccadilly Line, you really get the sense Heathrow Airport isn’t far away. The station itself first opened as Osterley and Spring Grove in 1883, located a short distance from the current station. That station building now lives on as a bookshop, and the platforms of the old station are easily visible from the tube.
It was resited and reopened in its current location in March 1934 around the same time the Piccadilly Line was extended out to Hounslow West.
Much like the other stations in this stretch, it’s another fine example of 1930s architecture. Again, like Boston Manor, there is also a prominent tower which was glowing in the darkness when we arrived.
Before getting off at Osterley, I had high hopes. Knowing there was a National Trust site, Osterley Park, nearby, I assumed some nice leafy surburbs. That doesn’t quite match with the reality of when you leave the station. It is located on the edge of the busy Great West Road(A4), with several lanes of traffic speeding past.
The Pub: The Black Horse, 203 Lampton Road, TW3 4EZ
Given that it is only housing and the A4 in the immediate vicinity of the station, it was quite a walk to the nearest pub. Walking along the edge of the busy A4, I felt a bit like Alan Partridge when he walks along a Dual Carriageway singing Goldfinger to relieve his boredom. We all agreed we felt sorry for the people living by the road. The houses themselves seem quite nice but the sound from the traffic must be relentless.
To further the Alan Partridge ethos, we passed a BP, complete with Wild Bean Cafe, en route to the pub. The Black Horse is another standard local’s pub really. It certainly appeared to have more life(and light!) than the Brogue. Despite it’s location in West London, it appeared to be a Liverpool supporters pub, with plenty of memorabilia on the walls and the Liverpool FC channel on the TV.
Given it’s proximity to Hounslow, the pub serves a selection of Indian food but I think that had wrapped up by the time we arrived. The clientele was also mixed between the Indian community and the older, Irish types that were in the Brogue. The pub also has a garden, or ‘shisha lounge’ as I think it was advertised. There were no ales but the lager tasted fine. In addition, the pub also had a pool table at the side room.
While the pub wasn’t awful, it certainly isn’t worth a trip to Osterley or a pilgrimage along the A4 to get there!