South Woodford is the second stop on my long run of stations in London’s eastern fringes. Like others on this stretch, it transferred across to the Central Line on 14th December 1947, having first opened on the ECR on 22nd August 1856. It originally began life as ‘George Lane’, being renamed ‘South Woodford(George Lane)’ in 1937. By 1951 it was simply being listed as South Woodford on tube maps even though the platform roundels retain the George Lane suffix.
Architecturally, it’s a pleasant enough Victorian railway station with many original features left intact.
The Pub: The George, 70 High Road, E18 2QL
Following the mini-trek at Woodford, thankfully the pub here is much closer to the station. Simply head up George Lane until reaching the High Road where The George itself is located.
The George, a red brick building, is said to date back to the early 18th century although I can’t find any precise details of the exact date. Its spacious interior is divided up into a number of smaller sections with a long thin bar. It also has an outside seating area at the front of the pub.
The pub is in quite good nick and feels like it was done up fairly recently as wallpaper looks new. It was resplendent with its Christmas lights when we dropped in so there was a definite glow to the place. They have a TV sports licence and a number of screens placed across the place. There is also a quiz machine too.
There were two real ales available on our visit – Tribute and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. I also got the nice surprise of pints only being £2.70 on Wednesdays. The food was mainly pub classics, priced from around £8 to £11, as well as a number available under a ‘two meals for £10.49’ deal during the week. I had a hefty burger which was tasty and certainly did the job.
The George had a fair amount of people here on our mid-week visit with a good few people enjoying a quiet pint. I have been told by friends who’ve lived nearby that it gets much busier at weekend and the pub’s own website states ‘it changes to a lively atmosphere at nights’. It’s open till 1230am so imagine it serves as both a pre-club venue and also a night out venue in its own right.
I liked The George. It struck me as a decent, well run pub. If you are planning on visiting, I’d recommend dropping by on a Wednesday as £2.70 for a pint is great value!