Buckhurst Hill brings to an end my run of stations which all joined the Underground on 21st November 1948. Like its immediate neighbour, Loughton, it had originally opened as a rail station back in 1856.
While Loughton was rebuilt for the coming of the Central Line, Buckhurst Hill retains station buildings dating back to the late Victorian era when the rail station was moved slightly in 1892 from its original location,
The Pub: The Three Colts, 54 Princes Road, IG9 5EE
It’s a five minute walk to the pub – exit the station onto Victoria Road and follow it as it becomes Princes Road and curves round where you’ll find The Three Colts on the junction with Kings Place.
Following hot on the heels of The Victoria Tavern, it’s another pub with a low ceiling. There is a small area around the bar as well a more substantial dining room to the side of that and a little room at the back where we ended up. The front of the pub was very busy with people watching football on Sky and others who had been eating had reserved their tables. There was also a selection of board games in the area we were seated in and a little saying which had been written on the wall ‘The best antiques are good friends’ – interpret that how you like. Part of the table we were sitting on was being used as a makeshift overflow area for cutlery which had just been washed up!
On the beer front, there were two ales in the shape of Landlord and Doombar, two favourites of mine. We weren’t eating here but from what I remember of the menus it was mainly English pub/restaurant staples. The Three Colts also has a sizeable back garden with a small kids play area as well as a couple of tables outside the front of the pub. As I said, it was fairly heaving on our Sunday afternoon visit with a mix of people watching the football and families having a Sunday meal.
While The Three Colts was a solid enough pub and the staff were friendly, it didn’t really click for me on our visit here. It was pretty busy and we were somewhat on a limb on our back table with the washing up on it which I guess didn’t help matters. I’ve seen from other reviews online that it generally gets a good write-up so maybe I just hit it at a bad time.