Queensbury first opened on the Metropolitan Line on 16th December 1934, coming between Canons Park and Kingsbury which had opened two years earlier. Like the rest of the Stanmore Branch, it transferred across to the Bakerloo Line in 1939 and then in turn to the Jubilee Line in 1979.
Building wise, it’s an average station with pretty standard shelters at platform level and a brick ticket hall building which forms part of a small parade of shops. My favourite thing here was actually outside the station, in the form of a large Underground roundel located on the roundabout opposite the station. A real case of London Underground putting down a marker here!
The Pub: Sugar and Spice Lounge, 12-13 Queensbury Station Parade, HA8 5NR
Getting off at Queensbury, I had initially been stumped. Initial internet searches hadn’t thrown up any options so I was thinking of heading closer to Kingsbury in the hope of finding something there. However after seeing a prominent advert, I stumbled upon the Sugar and Spice Lounge, on the right hand side of the Roundel Roundabout.
Its sign lists it as a ‘Family Restaurant and Sports Bar’, and beer was available on tap, so it counted for my purposes so I went in. Inside, it is laid out as a typical Indian restaurant, complete with golden statues(as you can see from the gallery), as well as an impressive fish tank. There were quite a few people sat at the bar watching Sport on the numerous TVs here – showing both the Premier League and the Rugby World Cup.
On the beer front, Cobra was perhaps unsurprisingly the main option on tap. We got a couple in and sat in their small garden, which itself backs onto the tube line itself. There are a couple of tables outside for alfresco dining and drinking. There was also a TV outside in the section under the smoking shelter. The staff here were fine with us just coming in for drinks, there was no compulsion for us to get in any food. If you get peckish here, the Lounge specialises in both North and South Indian cuisine, as well as Chinese dishes, so you’ve got a wide range of curries and other meals to choose from here.
I quite like the concept of a sports bar-Indian restaurant hybrid, so The Sugar and Spice Lounge gets a thumbs up from me. Mind you, round the station this about the only option there is!