Croxley

Croxley first opened as Croxley Green on the 2nd November 1925, gaining its present name in 1949.   The station itself is similar in design to Watford, if a little smaller in scale. The whole place has a little bit of a country air to it, in part helped by the traditional looking lamps on the platforms.

From 2018, northbound trains from here will be diverted via the new Croxley rail link to reach Watford Junction.

The Pub: The Artichoke on the Green, Green Lane,Croxley Green, Watford, WD3 3HN

While there are a couple of pubs close to the station,  I was given local recommendations that the best bets are by the green itself so I duly headed in that direction. It’s a simple enough 15minute walk from the station –  head onto New Road from the station and keep going until you reach Croxley Green.  From there, you’ll easily spot the Artichoke.

The view as we reached the pub felt about as far away from London as you could get with the tree lined green and nearby houses all feeling distinctly rural.  The Artichoke itself fits into this perfectly.  Inside, its contains many of the hallmarks of a classic Country pub, with low ceilings and wooden beams throughout.  There were a few ales on tap including London Pride, Directors and Hobgoblin.

Like an increasing number of country pubs, The Artichoke has an extensive and varied food menu from classics such as fish and chips through to more contemporary options like rigatoni and butternut squash. It was very busy with people eating on our Thursday evening visit so it is clearly proving to be a success!  Having tried one of their impressive burgers myself, I can certainly see why.  If you’re out in Croxley early, you can even drop in for breakfast which is served here between 830 and 1130. The food is a little bit more expensive than you might find in other pubs, main courses varying from £13 to £16, but perhaps reflecting the fact it is closer to a restaurant in its food offer.

As well as the small area around the bar when you enter the pub, there is also a larger conservatory type room which seemed to be effectively the pub’s dining room. There is also a back garden as well as a nice decked area at the front of the building, backing onto the Green.

The Artichoke is a very pleasant, high-end country pub. If you live near these parts or enjoy a drink in a more rural setting, its certainly worth a visit.

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