Chesham is very much the northern limits of London Underground. According to wikipedia, it’s 25miles north west of Charing Cross, making it the furthest station from Central London. It takes around one hour to reach it from Baker Street during the week.
It opened on 8th July 1889 on the Metropolitan Railway. The station itself is quite leafy and has an impressive garden. Back in 1993, it even picked up the accolade of winning the London Underground Garden Competition. Sadly I think that came a few years too early, had it been in the late 1990s it could have surely cashed in on the ‘Ground Force’ and garden makeovers fad that was doing the rounds then.
It’s currently served by two trains an hour off peak into Central London. I know that seems a world away from Zone 1/2 residents, used to a turn up and go frequency but I guess when you get this far out, the tube is much more like a standard mainline rail service. So unless you want to enjoy the award winning garden at length, check the timetable before you set off!
The Pub: The Waggon and Horses, 152 High Street, Chesham, HP5 1EF
The Waggon and Horses is a short walk from the station, down Station Road to meet the pedestrianised High Street. It’s a standard enough looking pub from the outside and has a traditional interior.
At £3.30 for a pint of Doombar, the beer was fairly reasonably priced. The pub was pretty quiet on a Saturday afternoon and the woman behind the bar was a little confused when I started taking photos. After I explained it was for this blog, I’d say she was less confused, if only marginally.
I think it might get a bit more rowdy on Saturday Nights, as there was a ‘zero tolerance on drugs’ notice stuck to the door. When we arrived ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ was playing by Sinead O’Connor, so it hardly felt rowdy.
The Waggon and Horses is a traditional pub really, complete with pool table and fruit machine, with little in the way of decoration on its rather plain walls. It’s not a bad pub, don’t get me wrong. The beer was perfectly fine and decently priced. That said, it doesn’t really offer anything special or measure up to some of the charming pubs we recently visited on the Met Line at Pinner and Rickmansworth, to name but two. Not really worth the journey!