Uxbridge Station has to be one of the most striking architecturally on the entire tube network. It just has so many standout features!
The tall concrete canopy, reminiscent of European stations, is the first thing you see when the train pulls into the platform. At the end of the ticket hall there are three bright stained glass windows, designed by the artist Ervin Bossanyi. The left and the right windows depict symbols associated with Middlesex and Buckinghamshire respectively. The middle window is thought to be the arms of the local Bassett family.
The outside of the structure is just as impressive, with a curved red-brick facade topped by two sculptures over the entrance representing wheels with leaf springs. This magnificent station complex was designed by Leonard H.Bucknell and Charles Holden, opening on 4th December 1938. Unsurprisingly it has been Grade II listed since 1983.
The station itself first opened back on 4th July 1904 on the Metropolitan Railway as the terminus of its branch that diverged from the main line at Harrow-on-the-Hill. It was initially located in a slightly different location on Belmont Station. The District Line arrived in 1910, these services were transferred to the Piccadilly Line in 1933.
In terms of the vision, attention to detail and scale of the buildings here, Uxbridge Station definitely ranks up there as one of my favourites so far. At this stage, I’d say it is the best I have seen from the art-deco era of station buildings.
The Pub: The Queens Head, 54 Windsor Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1AB
Now after such a fine station, the challenge is inevitably to follow that up with an equally good pub. Fortunately we did just that in the shape of The Queens Head. It’s based on Windsor Road, which is just off Uxbridge High Street, turning off by the Natwest and before you reach the large shopping mall.
The pub dates back to the 16th century and is a listed building. It is rather cosy on the inside, the wood beamed roof further adds to the traditional atmosphere. The pub proudly proclaims its status as West Middlesex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014, so it comes as no great shock they have a wide range of ales. Those available on our visit included Portobello UPA, Windsor and Eton’s Brew 477 Bostin’ Mild, Slaters Premium Best Bitter and XT Mellow Amber. I went for the XT, which proved to be a refreshing amber ale. Also on tap was Directors Bitter, a beer I always associate with Alan Partridge.
It also serves a traditional pub menu at what are very reasonable prices. The Gammon Steak was priced at only £6.99! The bar staff were polite and friendly and the pub overall seemed to have a very welcoming atmosphere.
If you live in Uxbridge or nearby, I definitely recommend The Queens Head. Even if you don’t, if you have an appreciation for fine architecture and ale, I would suggest you make the trip out here to take in a fine pub and station!