Tufnell Park marked the penultimate stop on my initial run of Northern Line stations. It first opened on 22nd June 1907 on the Highgate branch of the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway.
Like others on the line, the station building was designed by Leslie Green and survives to this day in excellent condition, both externally and within the ticket hall area.
The Pub: The Lord Palmerston, 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HU
The Lord Palmerston is around 5minutes from the station, heading up Dartmouth Park Hill. Heading up a Hill to a pub always makes me feel like I’ve earned a pint!
Inside, it’s a light and airy gastropub, with white-painted walls in the main room surrounding the bar. There was a roaring fire on our visit which certainly helped warm things up. The walls are decorated with a variety of prints, photos and paintings. These include sketches of what I assume are parliamentarians from Lord Palmerston’s day and horses. I’m not sure of the relevance of the latter!
The back area downstairs feels more laid out for those eating here. Like the Pineapple in Kentish Town, the Lord Palmerston has its fair share of chandeliers. Talking of food, the menu is what I’d call high-end gastro with dishes like pork medallion and slow roasted duck leg both on the menu.There is also a beer garden at the front of the pub. It was empty on our visit on account of the rainstorm going on at the time! In addition, the pub also has an upstairs room available for private hire.
There were four solid ales on tap when we visited – Doombar, Youngs Best, Wandle and Trumans Runner. A number of Belgian bottled beers were also available, including strong offerings like Duvel. Have a few of those and you might fly down the hill!
The Lord Palmerston also has a weekly quiz as well as jazz nights too. It’s another solid North London pub and well worth a visit.