Chalk Farm continues my run of Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opening day stations. The station serves the northern end of Camden High Street and very close to the trainshed turned arts venue The Roundhouse.
The station is another stirling Leslie Green effort and actually has the longest frontage of any of those he designed, according to our friends at Wikipedia. It culminates in a rather thin wedge – the photo I got for the site reminds me of those buildings you on American street corners. Like many stations north of Zone 1 on the Northern Line, Chalk Farm’s platforms are still reached by lifts as opposed to escalators. It’s often just as quick getting the stairs mind you, there are only 53(of which only 34 are spiral), making it the smallest staircase across the lift stations.
The Pub: The Lansdowne, 90 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8HX
The Lansdowne is a little bit of a walk from the station. Head up Regents Park Road, crossing the railway bridge and then turning onto Gloucester Avenue where the pub is located a very minutes down the road. Even though you’re just a few minutes away from the buzzing Camden High Street, it feels fairly quiet and residential around here.
It feels very spacious inside with a clean, uncluttered interior. The sparsely decorated white walls contrasting well with the dark painted ceiling. There are a couple of pieces of art dotted around the place with the menu displayed on large chalk boards.
Food is clearly one of the Lansdowne’s main selling points. It offers high-end Mediterranean inspired food at prices north of £10 with dishes such as roast guinea-fowl available and salmon fishcakes. I didn’t get anything to eat here – my friend went for the burger which was very ample. The rib-eye steak is the most expensive dish available here, costing £18.50, but if the portion size is as generous as the burger, then you’d be very content with your lot! A couple of people around us had ordered desserts which looked very tasty, especially the chocolate brownie. For the diner on a budget, Pizzas are also available, most of which come in at just under £10.
There were two ales available on our visit – Doombar and Trumans Runner. The Lansdowne was buzzing on the Friday night we gave it a try. There are plenty of seats mind you so we managed to grab a table. It’s a fine pub tucked away in a residential area. The food looked impressive too. A spot for a celebratory dinner maybe!