Theydon Bois

Theydon Bois opened on the Central Line on 25 September 1949 as the final section of the London and North Eastern Railway was transferred across to London Underground as part of the ‘New Works Programme.’

The station retains a traditional Victorian ticket office building and footbridge in keeping with a number of other stops on this section of the Central Line. The platform canopies seem more modern though as they are less decorative than those that survived at other stations on the route.

The Pub: The Queen Victoria, Coppice Row, CM16 7ES

On leaving the station, head onto Station Approach and continue along this as it becomes Forest Drive and Coppice Road. You’ll find the The Queen Victoria just after the Tesco Express

The pub is divided up into two sections. The snug is The Victoria Room which has a cosy, traditional feel with a low, wood beamed ceiling, open fire and old nick nacks like a gramophone dotted around the place. The famous Victoria quote ‘We are not amused’ has been painted onto one of the beams. This seemed to be the spot for a quiet drink among the regulars. The Albert Room feels much more modern and expansive with a light, open feel.

I quite liked the homely atmosphere of The Victoria Room so we based ourselves there. Two ales were available on tap in the shape of McMullens Country Bitter and their AK beer. I went for the Country Bitter which was a very pleasant pint! The food menu is mainly traditional English fare, or ‘heritage cooking’  as the menu puts it, as well as sharing platters and various options from the grill. I had a very hearty portion of Ham, Egg and Chips which was very solid value at £8.95.

The Queen Victoria also has a sizeable front garden which was illuminated with some impressive fibre optic lights. They also have free car parking for customers, although I’m glad I arrived by public transport as I imagine I’d not have figured out the automated system where you have to put your registration number in when you arrive at the pub!

I really liked The Queen Victoria. The snug area had a charming, old school vibe to it which was right up my street. Equally, if you were after something more open and contemporary then The Albert Room covers that base too.  A definite must visit if you’re based at the outer edges of the Central Line.

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