Kingsbury

Kingsbury brings to a close my trio of Jubilee Line stations for now. It opened on 10th December 1932 on the Metropolitan Railway, before transferring to the Bakerloo in 1939 and then the Jubilee in 1979.

The station building thankfully has more in common with Stanmore’s country house feel rather than the concrete drabness of Canons Park. The building itself also incorporates a small parade of retail outlets.

The Pub: Roisin Dubh, 1 Fryent Way, NW9 9ER

Reversing the usual trend for these Northerly suburban stops, there are actually a few drinking options close by Kingsbury tube stop. We passed both a Wetherspoons and Hennessys, an Irish bar, en route to our choice Roisin Dubh, located down the side road Fryent Way just past the car phone warehouse.

As you might gather from the name, it’s another Irish bar. The interior is filled with various bits of Irish memorabilia such as maps of Ireland and sporting figures, including former Ireland football team manager Jack Charlton.  There is a number plate saying ‘Feckit’ above the bar,  which strikes me as more ‘cod Irish’ than anything else! It advertised that it has both Sky and BT Sports here. We were greeted by the now familiar sight of At the Races on the TV during our visit.

While there were no ales available on tap here, the Dubh still had an incredible offer. All pints here(at the time of writing!) are £2.50 on Monday to Thursdays! I don’t think you could get a pint of lager that cheaply when I first moved to London nine years ago, and you can now certainly add nearly £2 on that price in a number of Central London bars.

It was fairly busy on our Wednesday evening visit. It seemed to be quite a locals bar, not in an intimidating way but equally, the sort of place you might have a robust discussion on football if you’d stated you were say a Spurs or United fan.

I thought the Roisin Dubh was alright – nothing special but you can’t knock pints being £2.50 for the majority of the week!

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Canons Park

Like Stanmore, Canons Park first opened on 10th December 1932 on the Metropolitan Railway.  It was originally called Canons Park(Edgware), but the latter part of its name was lopped off after only one year.

Building wise, its a pretty basic station. The platform shelters are pretty standard, box type constructions. The exterior of the ticket office is particularly uninspiring with a brick and grey concrete frontage. Certainly not one of the finer efforts on the Underground. Even the walkway between the platforms and the ticket hall has a rather dowdy and downbeat colour scheme!

The Pub: Moranos, Station Parade, Whitchurch Lane, HA8 6RW

Moranos is barely a minutes walk from the station. Head out onto Station Parade where you’ll find the pub roughly half way along it.

In terms of size, its pretty similar to some of the Irish bars I’ve encountered in other Northern suburbs in terms of being one main, smallish room. The decor here is quite different – it feels like it was only recently refreshed with modern lighting, newish looking leather sofas and candelit tables. The frontage is also primarily open glass, giving the place a more open feel. The pub has a Sky and BT Sports licence, with a few flat screen TVs dotted around the bar. Some were showing the cricket and one had At The Races – more in keeping with the usual suburban theme!  There was only one ale available, Greene King IPA.

As we chanced upon a decent-ish evening when visited here, we decided to sit in their garden. This is a small decked area, with a couple of plants to brighten it up and a small awning to protect smokers from the element. Being nestled tightly within a small parade of buildings, it really felt like we were having some drinks in someones back garden here.

I liked Moranos. As I said, its interior is a bit different from your average suburban bar.  That said, if you’re in these parts, I doubt you have much choice other than here really!

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Stanmore

Stanmore marks the northern terminus of the Jubilee Line. When it first opened, it was served by the Metropolitan Line until the Stanmore branch, and Met line stopping services, were transferred to the Bakerloo in 1939.  It changed hands again on 1st May 1979 when the entire Stanmore branch was amalgamated into the new Jubilee Line and indeed made up the vast bulk of that line prior to its 1999 extension. The excellent London Reconnections website has just published an article about the early history of the Jubilee Line – recommended reading for all those who want to know more!

Architecture wise, the station makes a break from the Charles Holden designs I’ve just encountered on the Piccadilly Line. The main station building looks very similar to the one at Watford as it was designed by the same man, Charles W.Clarke. The ticket hall itself, although fairly plain, is currently brightened up by various Art on the Underground posters including one depicting various local stations and landmarks in symbols as you’ll see from the gallery.

The Pub: The Man in the Moon, Unit 1, Buckingham Parade, The Broadway, HA7 4EB

Being this far out from Central London, Stanmore is effectively a small town centre in its own right, with many buildings dating from the 1930s which would have sprung up with the railway. However that doesn’t mean there is a wide array of pub options so we ended up visiting the local Wetherspoons. It’s just under 10minutes from the station,  heading west along London Road until you reach the ‘Broadway’, a parade of shops where you’ll find The Man in the Moon.

As its a Wetherspoons, there aren’t any great surprises inside here. Like many of their venues, its pretty large with lots of seating packed in, some of which is enclosed booths It was also really busy on our Wednesday evening visit, with the majority of people eating here, and we just managed to fit enough chairs round the very small table we were able to grab! They had a solid ale selection with options such as Abbott, Hobgoblin and Broadside alongside the more international ‘craft’ beers that even ‘spoons are now going for.

While most of the décor keeps to the standard ‘spoons style, there are plenty of photos of old Stanmore dotted around the place to remind you where you are. I also quite liked the stained glass window esque designs on the ceiling which you’ll notice if you look up!

In summary, The Man on the Moon is a pretty standard suburban Wetherspoons. Probably not the most exciting spot for a pint, but you’d be hard pressed to find much else round these parts!

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Arnos Grove

Arnos Grove marks another milestone for the blog – its the 200th station I’ve visited! It also means the end, although still distant on the horizon, is getting slightly closer in sight.  It also concludes – for now, my Piccadilly line travels.  Like the last four stations I’ve visited, it also opened on 19th September 1932. It marks the point where the Piccadilly Line emerges above ground, having been down in tunnels since leaving Barons Court some 20-odd stops earlier

Its another Charles Holden design, indeed it feels a bit like the Holden show on here at the moment. However in contrast to some of his other efforts I have seen recently, the station building here is circular rather than his more usual box shaped design – this gives the interior of the ticket hall a rather striking design which is enhanced by the lighting around its central column. The station was awarded Grade II* listed building status by English Heritage in 2011, having previously been designated as Grade II listed back in 1971.

The Pub: Molly’s Bar, 380 Bowes Road, N11 1AH

Just because Arnos Grove is the 200th stop, it didn’t mean the gods would align it so there was a feast of options to choose from here and so it turned out to be. Choices here were limited so we went for Molly’s Bar on Bowes Road, a couple of minutes north of the station.

As you might gather from the sign and the name, Molly’s Bar is an Irish pub. Its a relatively small, thin bar with the obligatory Irish memorabilia on the walls.  Sadly there are no ales on tap here so I had to go for a Kronenberg. The bar has a couple of TVs, one was showing At the Races and another had an Irish TV channel on.

Molly’s seems like quite a local’s haunt, indeed there are pictures of some of the regulars on the wall towards the back of the bar. That said, it certainly wasn’t one of those places where the eyes followed you as soon as you arrived. It also has a jukebox which was in heavy rotation during our time here. Elvis was a particular favourite with several of his songs playing with some audience participation, as well as other ’50s and ’60s songs. Later, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion, which seemed a bit of a curious choice given the previous songs,  came on at full volume.  It was at this point we decided it was our time to go on.

In short, Molly’s was perfectly alright to have a quick drink in but unless you live in these parts and want a drink close to home, I’m not sure there is really much reason to visit it!

(the pub has no website)