Going from one end of the Central Line to another, I move on to Hanger Lane towards its western fringes. It first opened on 30th April 1947 as part of the extension toward West Ruislip. The station has an impressive circular ticket hall, this looks particularly striking when illuminated at night.
Location wise, the station feels to me much akin to something you’d find in the US where you are plonked on the outskirts of a city to pick up your car. Its located at the epicentre of the Hanger Lane gyratory system, a busy roundabout connecting major roads such as the A40 and the North Circular.
The Pub: The Fox and Goose Hotel, Hanger Lane, W5 1DP
Exiting the station, you are presented with a variety of different subway options to take to cross underneath the busy roads. There are plenty of hotels based around here and a board in the station tells you the best subway for your location. As The Fox and Goose is listed on there, follow their directions – it is also mentioned on the various wayfinder signs. These concrete underpasses with greenery trying to survive around it all felt pretty ’80s to me. There are plenty of houses backing onto the massive roads here and I do feel for the people living there as the traffic noise must be relentless. Because of its motorway-esque feel, I was semi-surprised to find a pub round here.
The Fox and Goose is a pub/hotel with 73 rooms. Parts of the pub date back to 1830. Inside, it’s pretty spacious and divided into two rooms, a cosy area around the main bar and a significantly larger side room backing onto the garden. It felt quite traditional with wood panelling and floorboards. There are interesting photos on the walls of what the area looked like before the big roads cut through it. The pub has quite a musical history, the Ealing Jazz Club took place here on Friday Nights in the 1950s and The Who played here while still known as ‘The Detours’. The same website lists there used to be a skittle alley here which is now a conference room.
It’s a Fullers pub so had their standard range of ales – Pride, Olivers Island and the like. The food menu is primarily pub classics, priced slightly towards the higher end of the scale(£12.5o for a number of mains), but the portions did look hearty mind you. There were a decent amount of people here when we visited on a Saturday evening – the pub has a Sky Sports licence and quite a few people here were watching another Chelsea defeat at the tail end of Mourinho’s reign. While a few were guests staying at the hotel, a good proportion seemed to regulars.
Overall I found The Fox and Goose to be a good solid pub. On reflection, I think it’s quite reassuring that a pub still survives here despite the massive roads which have cut through the local communities.