Greenford first opened on 30th June 1947 on the Central Line. There had already been a mainline station here since 1904. Rail services still call here today but it is now the terminus of the short Greenford Branch which diverges from the main Great Western route at West Ealing.
The station also had the last remaining wooden escalator on the Underground network – these had previously been commonplace but were swiftly phased out following the Kings Cross fire in 1987. The escalator was finally replaced in 2014. This also saw the introduction of step-free access at the station via an ‘incline lift’ – the first lift of its kind at any UK station. As the name suggests, it travels at an incline – here is a video of it in all its glory.
The Pub: The Black Horse, 425 Oldfield Lane North, UB6 0AS
The area around the tube station is mainly populated with industrial estates and other businesses so didn’t look massively promising on the pub front. However I was given a decent recommendation here so we headed up Oldfield Lane North to The Black Horse, which backs onto the Grand Union Canal. It was definitely a surprise so see a traditional looking pub after all the grey, weathered buildings we passed on the journey here.
Inside, it’s a spacious pub set over two levels with wooden floorboards and a timber beamed ceilings. There are nice comfy leather seats dotted around the place. It’s a Fullers pub so has their usual range of ales, Pride, Seafarers and the like. It was fairly busy on our Sunday afternoon visit with plenty here enjoying Sunday lunch. The menu here is mainly made up of pub classics – I had a very hearty portion of Gammon, Egg and Chips for £10 – other dishes are also around this price range.
They have a Sky/BT sports licence here but as no games were on, the TVs were just showing Sky News. The pub also has a dart board, table football and my old favourite, a quiz machine. They also have a quiz night on Thursday and live music on Saturdays. The Black Horse also has a large canalside garden which am sure is a top spot for a drink in the Summer.
As I said, I thought it would be another pub desert round there so The Black Horse was a very welcome find. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re based nearby, especially if you compare it with The Myllet Arms in Perivale!