Burnt Oak first opened on 27th October 1924, two months after Edgware, the northern terminus of the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway. For a spell it was known as Burnt Oak(Watling), as can be seen on this map from 1946. This in turn had disappeared by the map’s 1950 edition but Watling still appears on at least one of the station roundels.
Like the majority of stations in this stretch, the station was designed by Stanley Heaps and has much in common with its contemporaries as can be seen from its small ticket hall. I liked the old school Underground sign, complete with capital U and D, outside the station which seemed to act as a beacon for it.
The Pub: The New Inn, 19 Burnt Oak Broadway, HA8 5LD
The New Inn is just over 5 minutes walk from the station – head down Watling Avenue,turning left onto Burnt Oak Broadway where you’ll find the pub a couple of minutes down the road. On route there, we passed a number of former and now very derelict looking pubs including the Bald Faced Stag, which I hear was pretty infamous during its heyday. The four leafed clover, green sign and gaelic underneath the main ‘The New Inn’ text are rather big giveaways this is an Irish bar. The fact they still had a ‘Merry Christmas’ sign above their main frontage was probably not a great omen though!
Inside, its a small one room bar. The walls were painted a pale blue colour and decorated with various Irish memorabilia. There were no ales available here but on the plus side, two pints of lager only came to £6, making even Wetherspoons(at least in London anyway) look pricey.
There were a couple of TVs with At The Races on but with the sound off as the musical soundtrack for the evening came from Magic Radio. There was also a dart board as well as a piano towards the front of the pub. I’m not quite sure why but there was a cuddly toy dog perched on top of the end of the seats by us.
Excluding a member of the barstaff, I don’t think there were any women in here. While we weren’t made to feel unwelcome, it definitely felt like a locals haunt. In short, The New Inn is a pretty basic pub and I’ve come across far better Irish bars on my travels through the North London suburbs.
(This pub has no website)