Northwood Hills first opened on 13th November 1933 on the Metropolitan Railway. It is also my last station on the Met line. According to our friends at wikipedia, the station was named via a competition, the lucky winner being a woman from North Harrow. The same source also reveals that despite its name, it is actually at a lower point than its neighbouring stop Northwood, the next stop up on the line.
Its a pretty standard outer Metropolitan Line station architecturally, with nothing that really catches the eye. There are a number of planters located on the platforms and certificates in the ticket hall show they’ve won a number of awards in station gardens competitions. Just outside the station, there is a very colourful ‘Northwood Hills’ sign which has been painted on a wall just outside the station.
The Pub: William Jolle, 53 The Broadway, Jolle Street, HA6 1NZ
There wasn’t much in the way of drinking options round here – a cursory look at beerintheevening suggested many have closed. As a result, we went for the only real option, The William Jolle. Its on the same side of the road as the station and a brief couple of minutes up the road.
The Jolle is a Wetherspoons so decor wise, there were no real surprises here. Like many within the chain, its pretty spacious inside. The main area of the pub is open plan, with some seating booths at the edge. It also has a dart board, something I haven’t come across in too many ‘spoons I must say. There is a small outside seating area consisting of a few tables and chairs on the pavement to the front of the pub.
In terms of food and drink, its a ‘spoons so you know what you’re getting here. I do think they deserve praise for their ale selection, and the Jolle was no exception. There were at least seven different ales on tap I counted here, from my old favourite Doombar to a couple of offerings from the Twickenham brewery and a new beer on me, ‘Space Hoppy IPA’. The times of the last Metropolitan Line trains has been written up on a chalk board near the main doors, a handy tip for those wondering whether they can fit in one last ale!
Its time within the Wetherspoons family may be numbered though – it was one of the 20 pubs the company put up for sale during the Summer. I hope the Jolle finds itself in good hands in the future.
William Jolle is another pub that ticks the box of a solid suburban ‘spoons. A sanctuary in the pub desert that is Northwood Hills. Lets hope it continues in one form or another.