Edgware Road is another one of those confusing spots on the Underground. There are two stations both with the same name, on different lines. They are counted as seperate stations by TfL, hence my return visit here. The one serving the District, Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines opened in 1863 and as a result, was one of the first stops I visited on the crawl.
Edgware Road on the Bakerloo Line first opened on 15th June 1907, as part of a short extension of the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway from Baker Street itself. Its a lift only station and was shut for several months last year to allow their upgrade. There are some nice heritage features within the station building, including the old green ticket booth windows.
The distinctive Leslie Green station building stands out even more as a contrast to the imposing Westway Road junction which is right by the station. Road widening works saw other Edwardian era buildings demolished in the 1960s with the tube station remaining as an island amongst the concrete.
In 2007, Murad Qureshi, a member of the London Assembly, called for this station to be renamed as ‘Church Street Market’ to put an end to the confusion over the two Edgware Roads. TfL rejected the proposal, citing the cost of doing so.
The Pub: The Green Man, 308 Edgware Road, W2 1DY
The Green Man is a minute or two’s walk from the station, heading north up Edgware Road and staying on the same side of the road. Like some other places we saw in the area, there is a hostel above the pub. To the Green Man’s credit, it does still feel like a pub with traditional wood panelling and some sketched glass windows. It’s quite light and airy, as well as having a fine collection of hanging baskets ooutside.
The Green Man has a decent collection of ales on tap including Adnams Ghost Ship, Wainwright(which I went for) and Trooper, the beer developed by Iron Maiden. On the food front, the pub proclaims it serves some of the best burgers in London courtersy of the ‘Juicy Bastard Burger Kitchen’ Online reviews I saw before visiting here seemed to back that up. They also do ‘pub tapas’ with snacks such as chicken wings, pork skewers and southern fried chicken all available.
Unfortunately as we arrived around 4ish and the burger kitchen wasn’t opening till 5 – the Juicy Bastard obviously has mid afternoons off. They did say some small food was available so we went for Pizzas. I didn’t see but my friends saw them putting what looked like Chicago Pizzas in the oven! To be fair, they did say the kitchen was closed and while the pizzas were tasty, they were still essentially oven pizzas!
Cheekiness on the Pizza front aside, I thought The Green Man was alright. The area around the Bakerloo Line station feels a bit overshadowed by the Westway and busy road junction, so it’s nice to find a pub with a chilled out vibe nearby! Worth a visit when the Kitchen is open, then you can tell me what the burgers are like!