Queen’s Park first opened to Underground services on the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway on 11th February 1915. The station itself had first opened over 30 years previously as part of the mainline London and North Western railway. It was originally called Queen’s Park(West Kilburn), a name it retained until the adoption of its present title in 1954.
As stations go, the ticket hall is sadly a rather dull, 70s grey block. At platform level, the station roof seems to date from an earlier era and isn’t without architectural merit. Queen’s Park also marks the point where the Bakerloo Line emerges from the tunnels. One in three Bakerloo services terminate here so those wishing to head onwards and upwards sometimes have to wait here for a continuing train.
Mainline rail services to Watford Junction here are now operated by London Overground and as a result, also appear on the Tube map.
The Pub: The Salusbury, 50-52 Salusbury Road, NW6 6NN
I’d never gotten off and or really been able to picture quite where Queen’s Park was, so I didn’t really know what to expect here. Salusbury Road, the route from the station to the pub, gives an interesting flavour of the local area, with a mix between chicken shops you see in the suburbs and artisan bakeries in well heeled destinations.
Right from the off, you can tell The Salusbury is a slick operation as you see their jet black sign. Inside, the pub is divided into two sections, both of which are quite long and thin, without being narrow. The subdued lighting, complimented by the candles on the table, helped give the place a certain ambiance on our visit, while the area behind the bar is made up of sleek white tiles. There are also some tables and chairs at the front of the pub for when sunnier days return.
There was an interesting collection of ales on our visit, highlights included Notting Hill Amber, Fireside as well as more established beers such as Greene King IPA. The Salusbury has built up quite a reputation for its food – its website lists that it was named by the late Egon Ronay as one of his top 10 gastropubs in the UK – high praise indeed! The menu combines dishes you’d expect to see at a restaurant, such as a Barnsley chop, as well as pub favourites like fish and chips. We weren’t eating here but plenty of people around us were and the dishes all looked very impressive.
In short, The Salusbury is definitely at the high end of the gastropub world. At the same time, it remains a welcoming place for a pint with a good selection of ales. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in these parts.