Kentish Town station first opened on the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway on 22nd June 1907. The rail station here had been open since 1868, served by the Midland Railway. The tube station is another well preserved Leslie Green building, complete with trademark oxblood red tiles.
The two stations are linked via a sadly uncovered footbridge as I discovered to my cost on the rainy day we came here. On a cheerier note, the tube ticket hall was decorated with a number of plants as I came through it, as you’ll see from the gallery. I don’t know if this is a regular feature or if they had just been shifted in here from a nearby market stall to get them out of the heavy rain!
The Pub: The Pineapple, 51 Leverton Street, NW5 2NX
To reach The Pineapple, leave the station and head onto Leighton Road. Turn up onto Leverton Street, where the pub nestles half way up a residential road of North London townhouses.
The Pineapple has a fairly traditional interior – the old wooden bar being a prime example of this with its decorative cut-glass. There are also a number of old mirrors on the wall advertising Bass Pale Ale. The red ceilings give it a really cosy feel, as do the comfy leather backed seats. The pub is divided into a series of rooms, all of which were suitably busy on our visit. The lighting in some of them, in the shape of chandeliers, is very impressive.
On the beer front, it had a decent selection of ales with Trinity’s Redemption, Doombar and the local sounded N7 all on tap. Food-wise, The Pineapple is known for its comprehensive Thai-menu and plenty of the punters around us were tucking in. The clientele here on our a visit was a mix of students/young professionals and those you feel have been coming here for years!
If things had been different, I may not have been able to visit The Pineapple at all. In 2001, developers were angling to convert the whole building into housing. Thankfully, a high profile campaign, including celebrities such as the late Roger Lloyd Pack and then London Mayor Ken Livingstone, saw the pub’s impressive interior Grade II listed and the threat was seen off.
The Pineapple is a cracking pub and definitely one of the best I’ve visited for the blog. My only regret is I should have come here years ago. It’s well worth coming to Kentish Town to visit this fine establishment!