It is at this stage in the journey that my logic of visiting each station in the order they opened has started to throw up some tricky combinations. Following on from Pinner is Hounslow Central, so my trail has jumped from one end of London to the other.
The station itself first opened on April Fools Day 1886 as Heston and Hounslow on the Metropolitan District Line branch line to Hounslow Barracks. It gained its current name in 1925.Central is second in the Hounslow Trilogy of Tube Stations. Hounslow East didn’t open until 1909 so it will be a little while before I return to these parts for the final chapter.
The station itself is a fairly typical suburban station. On the sunny Sunday afternoon we visited, Hounslow looked fairly leafy from the platforms above street level.
The Pub: The Bulstrode, 55 Lampton Road, TW3 1JG
The Bulstrode is right by the station, so it didn’t take long to find. The pub itself is based in a building reminiscent of a large suburban house. Further adding to the suburban house vibe, the exterior is well stocked with hanging baskets and window boxes. The small yard at the front of the pub has plenty of wooden benches in it and serves as a decent enough beer garden.
The interior of the venue is fairly light and airy, without being particularly distinctive. While I think the pub does serve ale, all the taps appeared to be off on our visit so we had to go for a Kronenberg. The Bulstrode is going for the sporty pub vibe with a selection of memorabilia on the walls. One of the more ‘interesting’ items was a photo of the infamous scene from the late 1980s where Vinnie Jones grabbed Gazza in a slightly compromising place. Sadly the photo wasn’t signed by either protagonist.
The pub’s menu offers both English and Indian food, the latter is not surprising given the large Indian population in the area. The food itself is very cheap, for example Fish and Chips is only £4.95 according to the pub’s website. Pub food under £5 generally sets the alarm bells off for me, but plenty of people seemed to be tucking in happily around us.
In short, The Bulstrode certainly compares favourably in comparison to the grim offerings we came across earlier in Boston Manor and elsewhere. While I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to come here, it’s a solid bet if you need a pint in the Hounslow area.