Fairlop became part of the Underground Network on 31st May 1948, along with six other stations on the Great Eastern Railway’s ‘Fairlop loop’ which all transferred to the Central Line on that day as part of the ‘New Works’ programme. The station itself first opened in May 1903.
In keeping with the majority of the Central Line stations on this branch, the buildings here date from its initial opening as a railway station. When the station was refurbished in 2007, TfL had a green colour scheme reinstated on the platforms in keeping with how it would have been during the 1930s under the LNER rail company.
The Pub: The New Fairlop Oak, Fencepeace Road, IG6 2JP
The Fairlop Oak is a straightforward five minute walk from the station. Simply exit onto Forest Road, heading West along here until reaching a roundabout where the pub will be visible. It’s in a nice old looking building, complete with hanging baskets and window boxes that remain in bloom even in these winter months. There are also traditional lamps lighting the front of the pub.
It’s a Wetherspoons so the interior has many of its recognisable traits including wooden seating booths and their familiar carpet. There are photos of Old Fairlop on the wall as well as some paintings depicting what I assume could have been the area in much older times! As well as the main section around with bar with said booths, there is also a back section with a wood beamed roof that reminded me a bit of a barn. There is also a small outside seating area to the side of the main bar.
As a ‘Spoons, there was a solid ale selection. This included Doombar, Ruddles Best, Abbott, Hook Norton and another local beer from my old neck of the woods, Hophead from Dark Star. As it was the middle leg of our journey, I went for the Beer and Burger which certainly did the job.
On the Wednesday evening we dropped in, the Oak was buzzing with a varied crowd of young and old alike – plenty of people were eating in the barn-like section towards the back. The couple of TVs here were on which were showing BBC1. The Oak has fruit machines but sadly no quiz machines.
The New Fairlop Oak is a good Wetherspoons and decent suburban pub. I’d recommend it as a solid choice for a pint if you’re based around these parts.