North Harrow first opened on 22nd March 1915 on the Metropolitan Railway. I’m getting rather familiar with the area now, this being the fourth ‘Harrow’ station I’ve visited for the blog – only one to go now!
The station was rebuilt in the 1930s. Architecturally, its pretty middle of the road. There are no iconic designs here, but on the other hand, unlike its nearby neighbour West Harrow, at least there are proper shelters and structures on the platforms. I did like the fact the tiles surrounding the advertising frames on the stairwell to the platforms are in the Met line purple mind you. In peak time, you have to be vigilant on what Met line train you get here. Fast services bypass North Harrow and don’t stop again until you reach Moor Park!
The Pub: The Three Wishes, 20 Broadwalk, HA2 6ED
North Harrow is another station where there are limited drinking options. We chose The Three Wishes, which is a couple of minutes north from the tube stop, up Station Road and then turning left on Pinner Road.
Initially from the outside The Three Wishes looked a bit gloomy so we weren’t sure what to expect. However once inside we discovered a pleasant, well maintained pub. Its one long room with the back seating area on a higher level than the area around the bar. On our visit, the raised section was completely empty with the clientele all clustered around the seating near the bar. It had a friendly enough atmosphere, I certainly didn’t feel like we were crashing a ‘locals bar’.
On the ale front, there was London Pride available when we stopped by. Three Wishes also does food at very reasonable prices, with Toad in the Hole and Ham, Egg and Chips both a mere fiver. As you might expect from an Irish Bar, there is plenty of Celtic-memorabilia dotted around the walls. There is a map of Ireland with where surnames hail from, I found mine a few times! Live music and Poker Nights are also advertised at the pub. They have a Sky Sports licence and there is also a dart board.
To me, The Three Wishes was a good, non-nonsense pub. As a local, it would do me fine! It had also emerged from the shadows when we left – the lighting for their sign obviously only came on at a certain time.
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