North Ealing marks the start of my journey West on the Piccadilly Line’s Uxbridge branch. The station itself definitely has the air of an outer London station, with trees and greenery prominent on both platforms.It first opened on 23rd June 1903 on the Metropolitan District Railway’s extension from Ealing Common to Park Royal and Twyford Abbey. In July 1932, District Line services were withdrawn and replaced with Piccadilly Line services which took over the route to Uxbridge.
Perhaps to be in keeping with its leafy suburban surroundings, the station’s colour scheme seems to be green and white. The platforms both have traditional shelters, complete with decorative canopies, although one is far smaller than the other. The footbridge linking the two platforms feels like one you might come across at a village railway station.
The Pub: The Greystoke, 7 Queens Parade, W5 3HU
To reach The Greystoke, it is a short walk up Station Road until you hit Queen’s Drive – you can’t miss it! From the outside it looks like your typical turn of the century pub, with a plain brick frontage. The old style lamps above the main doors are a nice touch and the window boxes help to add a little colour.
The interior is fairly spacious with the bar towards the front of the pub, near the main doors. There is a large area towards the back of the building. I would say by the look of it these used to be separate rooms which have all been knocked through. It is decorated in a fairly inoffensive if generic fashion, as seen by the beige-ish coloured walls.
In its favour, The Greystoke does have a few ales on tap, with Greene King and Bombardier both available when we dropped by. To their credit, they also offer 10% off for CAMRA members. It has a fairly standard ‘pub grub’ style menu, with an emphasis on burgers. There are also fruit machines but sadly no quiz machine. The pub also has a small outside seating area near its car park.
On the early Saturday evening we visited, the pub was fairly busy. While The Greystoke is a perfectly amiable pub, I don’t think it has enough to it to really warrant a visit. I suppose its relatively low key and inoffensive nature is in keeping with the quiet, leafy suburban area around it.