Moor Park first opened on the Metropolitan Railway as Sandy Lodge on 9th May 1910. It was renamed as Moor Park and Sandy Lodge in 1923. It gained its present name in 1950.
The station was rebuilt in 1959 – the platforms have been left fairly bare bar a couple of small shelters which adds to the remoteness you feel out here. I rather liked the ticket office building – it’s pretty small and unassuming but has that functional ’50s feel to it.
Right from when I started the blog, I had been looking forward to coming to Moor Park. My initial look on a map suggested the station was slap bang between golf courses and forests! Indeed, when I got off here I was struck by the greenery that surrounded me. It couldn’t be further removed than the last stop I visited, Dollis Hill.
The Pub: Ye Olde Greene Manne, Batchworth Heath, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1QB
Given its a sparsely populated area, it’s a bit of a walk to the pub. The route, up Main Avenue from the station and then along Astons Road and Batchworth Lane, takes you along wide, leafy avenues populated with very spacious houses.
Ye Olde Greene Man immediately jumps out as an archetypal country pub in a large building, complete with mock tudor frontage. Inside, the low ceiling and wooden beams further add to the traditional atmosphere. The pub’s walls are decorated with photos of the area in days gone by. There are plenty of comfy seats dotted around the place. The pub is divided in various sections, we went in the area by the bar as it felt less orientated to diners than the rest of the Greene Manne.
On our visit, there were a couple of solid ales on tap in the shape of London Pride and Brakespears Bitter. It feels like quite a ‘foody’ pub and we saw plenty of people eating here. Given its countryside setting, there is outside seating both in the back garden and also in a small area infront of the pub. Ye Olde Greene Man has made it onto the big screen too, appearing as a setting in films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Withnail and I, and far less surprisingly, Midsomer Murders.
The Olde Greene Man is fine country pub. If you find yourself at Moor Park for whatever reason, a cheeky round of golf perhaps, it is well worth the 30 minute or so schlep from the station to reach it.