South Ruislip is the fifth and final of the Ruislip stations I’ve visited for the blog. It opened on the Central Line in November 1948, having begun life as the rail station ‘Northolt Junction’ in May 1908. The station is still served by Chiltern Rail services today.
After a couple of dull stations architecturally, South Ruislip is more interesting from a design perspective. The rounded ticket office dates from 1960 and illuminated and viewed from outside, looked a bit like a glowing top hat! The interior is enlivened a concrete, glass and granite frieze which was designed by the artist Henry Haig. It’s a nice example of 1960s design on the Underground, sadly most others dating from this period fit more into the non-descript box category.
The Pub: The Middlesex Arms, Long Drive, HA4 0HG
The Middlesex Arms is just over a minute walk from the station. Staying on the same side of the road(Long Drive), simply head north up the road and you’ll find it!
It’s another John Barras venue who seem to be very big in the Ruislip area. Inside it’s a vast pub with various seating areas. There is a dedicated ‘games’ area with a pool table, dart board and even a batman pinball machine.
It was a similar ale section to the nearby Soldiers Return, so just Greene King beers available on tap and Ruddles County. This time we did choose to eat – I went for the standard burger which was only £5.29. Our food took a little while to arrive but when it eventually did, the portions were very hearty! A chap sat near us seemed to have an entire three course meal, including a dessert with an incredibly large bowl of custard!
While there were a fair amount of people here, it didn’t feel particularly busy because the place is so spacious. Its size also meant they are able to dot a number of TVs around the place, with parts of the pub showing different FA Cup replays. It also has a Sky/BT Sports Licence.
I quite enjoyed The Middlesex Arms. The fact it is so big means you’re almost always guaranteed a seat so it would be a good place to watch a football match. The cheap and cheerful food was also perfectly fine. I mean it is a chain pub so you’re not going to find anything earth shattering unique here, but it’s definitely a decent spot for a suburban pint.