From one Green to another as I head from Wood Green to Bounds Green. It also opened on 19th September 1932 on the Piccadilly Line. It was the site of a tragedy during the blitz where a German bomb that hit nearby houses on 13th October 1940 caused one of the station tunnels to collapse, killing seventeen people – the station had been used as an air raid shelter at this point. There is a plaque in the station commemorating those who died.
Its another Charles Holden designed station and architecturally has much in keeping with the stops I have just visited on the route, both below and above ground with the same yellow tiling and box-like ticket hall. However while those buildings were listed many years ago, Bounds Green was only awarded Grade II listed status in 2010.
The Pub: The Ranelagh, 82 Bounds Green Road, N11 2EU
The Ranelagh is a couple of minutes walk from the station, simply head up Bounds Green Road and you’ll come across it at the junction with Warwick Road.
Inside, its a spacious, smart gastropub. The front section around the bar feels quite bright and airy, thanks to its large windows and light coloured walls. I think the back area of the pub feels more cosy as the walls are painted red. On the ale front, there was a good selection with solid options London Pride and Doombar as well as Knops East Coast Pale Ale, the first time I’ve come across that particular beer! As we were here on a Tuesday, the Pub Quiz was just about to get into full swing and the place was certainly pretty busy for it. There are also regular deals during the week with reduced food and drink offers.
Like The Starting Gate at Wood Green, The Ranelagh is also a Geronimo Pub so has a very similar menu with standard pub classics and sharing platters too. Where the Ranelagh really comes into its own though is its garden. It’s definitely on the large side by London pub standards and has plenty of plants and trees, in keeping with the local area’s name. As we sadly head towards the last days of summer, this is definitely a good spot to fit in those final pints in the sun. There is also some outdoor seating covered by a canopy for those less clement days…
The Ranelagh is another good solid North London pub. I think its best feature is its impressive garden so definitely an excellent drinking spot during the summer months!