South Harrow first opened on 28th June 1903 as a terminus station of the Metropolitan District Railway. It stayed this way until 1910 when the MDR was extended to reach Rayners Lane and the Metropolitan Railway, allowing services to run through to Uxbridge.
Like the other stations on this branch I have visited, it was rebuilt in the 1930s when the District Line services were transferred to the Piccadilly Line. There are plenty of nice period features retained at the station, a couple of which I have highlighted in the gallery. I always rather like the old school ‘light box’ train indicators displays! However unlike the other stations, the original building was not demolished and remains in situ slightly further up the line, as can be seen here.
In a fact that may or may not be useful for pub quizzes, Harrow is the area of London that has the most tube stations named after it with five. In addition to South Harrow, there is Harrow-on-the-Hill which I have already visited, with North Harrow, West Harrow and Harrow and Wealdstone all still to come in the future.
The Pub: The Star, 2 South Hill Avenue, HA2 0NQ
Heading northwards up Northolt Road, you will find The Star pub pretty much opposite the station. It’s a pretty large, spacious pub. There are quite a few TV screens for the football, including a large projector on the back wall. With a couple of pool tables too, it feels like quite a sporty pub.
The seating is laid out in a mixture of high tables facing towards the TV screens as well as some comfy looking sofas. It’s another pub that feels quite light and airy. The Star has a couple of ales on tap and we went for the ever reliable Doombar. The menu looks like standard pub fare with Fish and Chips, Burgers and the like. While the majority of the interior is decorated in a fairly typical manner, there are a few more eclectic touches such as the Egyptian-style head above the main entrance and some other statues dotted about.
The quiz machine is also slightly more unique than most, being housed within a mock-up of a classic red telephone box. It had a fine selection of games on our visit, including Cluedo and Monopoly which sadly seem to have vanished from many of the remaining quiz machines in other pubs. The Star also has a small outside seating area at the front of the pub.
With DJs on Friday and Saturday Nights, I think The Star is somewhere that heats up as the night goes on. It does makes sense for suburban pubs to do that given there will be plenty of people nearby who want to have a decent evening out without having to traverse the night bus network to get home. As we visited during the early evening, this hadn’t got going yet but there were still a fair few people in the pub.
The Star is a perfectly decent place to have a pint. Another one I’d definitely return to if I was in the area.
(This pub has no website)