Sudbury Hill first opened on 28th June 1903, the penultimate station on the Metropolitan District Railway’s extension to South Harrow. The 1930s buildings are another fine example of Charles Holden at work, with many similarities to those also built at the same time at Alperton and Sudbury Town.
The buildings are now Grade II listed, with many period features remaining including art deco telephone booths. The only part of the station that seemed to be lacking on our visit were the hanging baskets, which were all earth and no flowers!
The Pub: Gerry Macs, 1211 Greenford Road, UB6 0HY
Sudbury Hill is another slice of outer London suburbia, albeit slightly less leafy than the area around Sudbury Town. Gerry Mac’s is a short walk from the station, heading south down Greenford Road. It is based at the end of a small parade of shops.
Given the name, it is perhaps unsurprising that Gerry Mac’s is an Irish bar. I have to admit, my hopes weren’t initially high for the bar – these bars can be of questionable quality. Thankfully Gerry Mac’s easily surpassed my expectations. It’s a relatively small pub comprising of a single room with the bar in the far corner. The wood paneled interior and leather backed seating are both well maintained and in good condition. Being an Irish bar, there is the obligatory Gaelic paraphernalia decorating the walls. It had a friendly atmosphere on our Saturday evening visit. There were also posters in the bar advertising live music nights too.
There are a few TV screens dotted about the place and it has both a Sky Sports and BT Sport licence. Sadly there are no ales on tap but my disappointment didn’t last long when I found out the price of our round. I was buying for three of us, two Guinesses and one Kronenberg(I’ve never been a stout man) – the total price came to £7.80! We were all shocked! I mean, it’s been years since even Wetherspoons in London was that cheap.
Buoyed by the excellent value of the drinks, we really enjoyed our trip to Gerry Macs. It happily seems a world away from the bleakness of Irish bars like The Brogue, which I had the misfortune to visit for Boston Manor. If you’re in the area, I recommend popping in at least once. At their prices, you’d be mad not to!
(The pub has no website)