Ruislip Manor first opened on 5th August 1912, as an infill station between Ruislip and Eastcote on both the Metropolitan and District Railways. Like many others in these parts, the station itself served as the catalyst for housing development in the local area. The District Line services were transferred to the Piccadilly Line in October 1933.
By the 1930s, the growing demand necessitated the reconstruction of the station – this rural looking image from the London Transport Museum of the old station shows how much things changed. The buildings do have that definite ’30s air to them but lack some of the gravitas of the Charles Holden efforts. However that isn’t to say there aren’t a few nice touches lurking around the station – I especially liked the art deco clock on the wall of the subway linking the two platforms. There is also a rather craftily located bench in an alcove half way up the steps to the platforms.
Where Ruislip Manor really comes into its own is the railway bridge as you exit the station. It is lit up in a wide array of dazzling colours and is definitely the most striking illuminations I’ve seen so far on the crawl. On dark and gloomy winter evenings, I think it’s just what the Dr ordered, although it might get a little trying if you lived very close by…
The Pub: J.J Moon’s, 12 Victoria Road, HA4 0AA
J.J’s is right by the station, just head up the road, passing under the light show railway bridge and you’ll come to the pub. J.J Moon’s is the first Wetherspoons, I’ve visited since The Coronet on Holloway Road.
As far as the interior goes, it’s a pretty standard spoons layout. Wooden finish and well lit throughout, there are two sections – the area around the bar and then a raised section towards the back of the pub. There was a sign saying that area is reserved for people eating during ‘club'(i.e: curry club) nights. On the Thursday I visited, nobody seemed fussed we were just having a drink here initially. One curious thing is the illustrations of owls, pelicans and other animals on the pub walls.
JJs had a strong range of ales on, including London Pride, Bombardier, Doombar, Broadside and even Alan Partridge’s favourite, Directors. You can also get all of these as part of the beer and burger(and other food) deals – spoons have now expanded the range as I’m sure it just used to be a pint of Ruddles Best/the cheapest ale they had. Talking of cheap, the beer and burger deal costs a mere £5.49 here, it must be some sort of outer London tariff.
JJ Moons is a perfectly decent Wetherspoons. You won’t find anything unexpected here but it’s fine to have a pint here. The burger wasn’t too bad either!