Oakwood first opened on 13th March 1933, initially called Enfield West. It was briefly the Northern terminus of the Piccadilly Line before the extension to Cockfosters opened later that year. In 1934, its name was amended to Enfield West(Oakwood). It gained its present name in 1946.
The station is another classic Charles Holden design, the ticket hall is another of the box style with large windows much like those he rebuilt at the Western end of the line in the 1930s. The platform shelters also have a clean, art deco feel to them. Just outside the station and its spacious car park is a large Underground roundel. It hass been Grade II* listed since 2011.
The Pub: The Oakwood Tavern, 155 Bramley Road, N14 4XA
The Oakwood Tavern is located a couple of minutes from the station, turn right onto Bramley Road and you’ll find the pub just past the petrol station/Tesco Express in a small shopping parade.
Inside, The Tavern is a rather spacious one room bar. As a pleasant surprise, there was one ale on tap here, the ever reliable Doombar. In an interesting twist, the pub does Thai Food which is also in contrast to many of these outer London bars. The interior walls have been decorated with paintings of old film stars in a film reel. Another nice touch comes from the frosted glass windows with the pub’s name on it. The seating is primarily at high tables as well as some comfy sofas towards the front of the bar.
The Oakwood is another Irish bar but with less gratuitous celtic memorabilia than I’ve come across in other suburban bars. The pub has four screens and a Sky Sports licence. It probably won’t surprise you one of them was showing At The Races mind you! It was fairly busy on the Wednesday evening we visited and had a welcoming atmosphere. A sign outside advertised live music on Saturday nights.
Overall, I found The Oakwood is a decent spot for a pint in North London suburbia.