Brent Cross first opened as simply Brent on 19th November 1923 as part of the extension of the Hampstead and Highgate Line to Hendon, It gained its current name in July 1976 to coincide with the opening of the nearby Brent Cross shopping centre, one of Britain’s first US-style shopping malls.
The station itself is a pleasant building, designed by Stanley Heaps, with a terrace frontage containing a number of small shops. Its architectural appeal was recognised by English Heritage in 2011 when it received Grade II listed status. By the side entrance there is also a small station garden.
The Pub: The Hendon,373-377 Hendon Way, NW4 3LP
As seems to be a recurring trend at the moment, the area around Brent Cross tube was also somewhat of a pub desert – some nice suburban streets and the nearby roar of traffic from the North Circular Road. The nearest pub is in fact The Hendon, on Hendon Way and a short distance from Hendon tube.
To reach it, head out of the station onto Highfield Avenue, then turn onto the Brent Cross Interchange. From there, head onto Cooper Road, straight on through the roundabout to Haley Road, then left onto Renters Avenue until you reach Hendon Way. Then look for a subway as The Hendon is on the other side of a very busy road.
Inside, The Hendon is a pretty spacious pub, perhaps best demonstrated by the fact they have enough room for several pool tables! Decor wise its fairly generic. The pub has a Sky and BT Sports licence and was showing the cricket on our visit. On the drinks front, the solitary ale available was Greene King IPA. Food wise, it does standard pub grub at incredibly low prices. You can get a rump steak for £5.49 and two main meals for £8.50. The Hendon also has something I’ve never come across before – a senior’s menu. If you are lucky enough to qualify for this then you get three courses for the knock down price of £5.99.
There is also a quiz machine here, another thing in the pub’s favour. It also has an outside seating area. That said, given it backs onto the busy Hendon Way dual carriageway, I’m not sure how pleasant enjoying your pint outside would be.
I’ll admit my hopes weren’t high for The Hendon. I thought it could be a bit of an unwelcoming locals pub. However I found it amicable enough inside. If you find yourself in need of a pint in these parts, it will do the job. Don’t go out of your way to go here though.