Barkingside joined the Central Line on 31st May 1948 and is my first station from the second batch of stops on the Hainault loop. It first opened on the Great Eastern Railway on their branch line from Woodford to Ilford before becoming part of the London Underground as part of the ‘New Works’ programme.
The station itself remains fundamentally unchanged since its initial opening. The brick ticket hall building has a striking curved roof and is Grade II listed. I really liked the old sign etched into the glass for the ‘General Waiting Room’ on the London bound platform. The platform shelters are in keeping with the others on the route, showing the old company name GER in the supporting structures for the canopies.
The Pub: The Chequers, 2 High Street, IG6 2DD
Its a straightforward route to the pub and just under 10minutes walk. Head out of the station and through the car park to reach Crown Road, from there turn onto Carlton Drive and then Craven Gardens before reaching Tanners Lane. Head north along the Lane until reaching the High Street where the pub is on the right.
Chequers has only recently reopened – it was earlier known as Ye Olde Investigator, perhaps in part due to its proximity to the police station. For my purposes it reopened in the nick of time as I’m not sure where else I could have gone had it been shut. Inside I could certainly tell it had only just been refurbished as everything felt very fresh. It’s gastropub with a contemporary bright theme – the exposed lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling and modern art on the wall – alongside more traditional aspects such as old black and white photos of the pub. The front section has some comfy sofas in it and the back area felt more laid out for diners. There are also a couple of tables outside the front of the pub.
There were three ales on tap during our visit, Deuchars, Autumn Red and Theakston’s Bitter. On the food side of things, it was your usual gastropub menu with deals including 2-4-1 Pizzas on Monday nights. Live music nights were also advertised as well as a pub quiz every Monday. The Chequers also has a solid selection of board games for a further source of entertainment. It was fairly busy on the Wednesday we popped in, although the back area was pretty quiet.
Overall I enjoyed our visit to the The Chequers. It’s a solid pub and I hope it does well in its new incarnation, especially given it’s the sole survivor round these parts!
(The pub has no website)