West Acton first opened on the Central London Railway on 5th November 1923, the same day as the station at North Acton. The station buildings here date from 1940, the originals having been replaced as part of the ‘New Works’ programme of expansion and improvements to the Central Line.
Both the ticket hall and platform shelters heavily remind me of Charles Holden’s efforts on western Piccadilly Line stations with the tall, box shaped ticket office and long thin windows. It was actually designed by Brian Lewis and is a Grade II listed building. The platform shelters are in a rounded, art deco style, the curved wooden seating contained within them is also a very nice touch. That said, the inside of the ticket office did look like it could do with a lick of paint.
The Pub: The Chatsworth, 290 High Street (Acton), W3 9BJ
The area around West Acton tube struck me as a very pleasant slice of West London suburbia. Sadly its a complete desert for pubs though. The nearest to here is actually right by North Ealing and I did that when I visited that stop last spring.
We decided to head into Acton itself with the aim of going to one of the first pubs we came across, in order to keep to my own rules as far as possible. That turned out to be the Chatsworth on Acton High Street – to reach it from the station head south on Noel Road as it becomes Twyford Avenue and keep going until you reach Uxbridge Road. Head east here and you’ll come to the Chatsworth in a few minutes.
It has a smart, modern interior with chandeliers lighting the main section of the bar. There are also various Roman-esque statues dotted around the place. Sadly there are no ales on tap here so had to go for Krusovice, a Czech lager. The food menu here is a mix of pub staples(fish & chips, lamb burger) as well as more restaurant type dishes such as seabass and linguine. There are various midweek deals where you can get two main meals for a tenner.
The Chatsworth has a Sky Sports licence and a couple of TVs. As well as that, live music was advertised on Thursday nights. On Fridays and Saturdays, its open till 2am with DJs, catering for Acton residents who fancy a night out but not a long journey home on a night bus. Talking of music, there were some good 80s tunes playing here on our midweek visit that went down well with me.
It also has a sizeable garden with a fountain in the middle as well as some more Italian style statues lurking around. One of the trees also had some interesting glowing blue lights wrapped around it. It was still light while were were here so I didn’t get the full effect of this!
Overall I liked The Chatsworth – a decent pub with a good atmosphere. Certainly worth a visit if you’re in the Acton area.