Turnpike Lane marks the second stop in this leg of Piccadilly Line stations that all opened on 19th September 1932. Its another Charles Holden architectural masterclass. From the art deco lights in the area between the two platforms to the impressive scale of the ticket hall, it has so much going for it.
The ticket hall in particular is very similar to those on the Western extension of the line with the box shape and large cathedral windows which let the light stream in. There are also more Harold Stabler decorative grilles, as previously seen at Manor House. As perhaps you might expect, this is another of Holden’s stations which has been Grade II listed by English Heritage.
The Pub: The Westbury, 57 Westbury Avenue, N22 6SA
The Westbury is about a five minute walk from the station. Head out from the station onto Westbury Avenue and you’ll find the pub a couple of minutes down the road, just past the bridge over a former railway line.
The Westbury is in a very charming traditional building, which was looking resplendent in the Summer sun when we visited. The interior was also looking pretty smart too. The place has a very fresh feel to it as it had a major overhaul just under a year ago when it was bought by its current owners. According to the local press, over £400,000 was spent on its renovation. It now has a very modern vibe with light colours, exposed floorboards and the like. Some of the lights are enclosed in what looks like old birdcages. The pub is compromised of one main downstairs room. There is also a small outside seating area – we parked ourselves there to make the most of the evening sun.
The pub has an extensive collection of ales and I think I counted at least seven on tap. These included a number from the local Tottenham based brewery Redemption, including their popular Trinity and Hopspur beer. I went for the latter and found it to be a very smooth, pleasant ale. The Westbury also has a good food menu, mainly made up of classic pub dishes like sausage and mash and fish and chips. I went for their burger which was excellent, really filling and the chips were great too. It was just under £10 which is good value in terms of pubs these days.
The Westbury is a great example of how to successfully modernise a pub. It’s a great place and well worth a visit. It’s another where I could happily say I’d love to have it as my local!