Woodside Park continues my run of stations where the Northern Line first arrived on 14th April 1940. Like its neighbouring stations, it was previously on the mainline rail network, opening as Torrington Park on the Great Northern Railway on 1st April 1872. A mere month later it was renamed Torrington Park, Woodside before gaining its present title in 1882.
Like West Finchley and Finchley Central, the structures here pre-date the arrival of the tube and again feel like a Victorian rural railway station. I don’t think anything here was taken from any stations in the north mind you.
The Pub: The Malt and Hops, 891 High Road, N12 8QA
Its all very quiet around Woodside Park tube, there are no shops or pubs in the immediate vicinity of the station. As such, its just over a 10minute walk to the pub. Head out of the station onto Woodside Park Road, continue along here until the junction of the High Road. Turn left along here and the Malt and Hops is a couple of minutes down the road.
The Malt and Hops is fairly threadbare inside, there isn’t too much by way of decoration on the walls and the place feels as if it has seen better days. There weren’t any ales available so I went for a pint of Kronenberg which certainly wasn’t the best I’ve had either. There is no food available here which doesn’t come as a great surprise.
When we first came in, there was loud music blaring out from the speakers here – this seemed a little odd given there were only a handful of people here on a quiet Saturday afternoon. It was later switched off thankfully! There were a couple of TV screens showing the Rugby World Cup, the pub also has both a pool and snooker table. There was also live music and open mic nights advertised. There is also a beer garden too but I didn’t venture into it.
Overall, the Malt and Hops is a pub that has clearly seen better days, an impression certainly reinforced by a couple of their upstairs windows being boarded up! I didn’t find it a particularly nice place to drink, if you live nearby I’d suggest going to one of the pubs slightly further down the line which are far better.