Stamford Brook first opened on 1st April 1912 on the District Railway, between the existing Turnham Green and Ravenscourt Park stations.
The station has a traditional ticket hall with old style lamps and the crest above the entrance way, like other stations on the District and Hammersmith and City Line in West London. A small claim to fame for Stamford Brook is it was the first tube station where ticket barriers were installed. This took place back in 1964 and is captured in this Pathe News film.
The Pub: The Cross Keys, 57 Black Lion Lane, W6 9BG
The Cross Keys is just under 10 minutes walk from the station. Head south down Goldhawk Road to reach Chiswick High Street, head east along it until you reach Black Lion Lane, the Cross Keys is a short distance down the road, nestling amongst very charming West London townhouses.
Despite looking rather small from the outside, it’s quite large inside. It was near-on packed to the rafters on our Friday night visit, but we just about managed to grab a table near the bar. The red ceiling, frosted glass windows and wooden bar give the interior a traditional feel. The back rooms have a more spacious vibe, in part due to the higher ceilings. There is also an outside seating area for those sunnier days ahead.
Its a Fullers pub so you’ve got their standard range of ales available on tap. On the food front, I had a very tasty burger, the rest of the menu seemed like solid pub fare. There is a dart board in the main room and they have a Sky Sports Licence too. Talking of sports, there are a number of trophies above the bar.
What really stood out for me about the Cross Keys was how it seemed like a real neighbourhood pub, with plenty of regulars. Apparently it is also frequented by some famous faces including James May who himself starred in adverts for London Pride not too long ago. Lady Gaga also visited back in 2010, although I doubt she had an ale.
In short, The Cross Keys is a cracking pub. It’s friendly, lively and well looked after! It’s not too far from Hammersmith and well worth the trek.