Blackhorse Road

Blackhorse Road opened on 1st September 1968 and is currently the least used station on the Victoria Line. Like every station on the line bar Pimlico, interchange is available with other rail or tube services. Here its an Overground station on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line.

As I said for Walthamstow Central, all of the Victoria Line stations have their own ‘motif’ at the platform level. It will come as no surprise the one here is indeed of a Black Horse, designed by Hans Unger. There is a second Black Horse outside the station, designed by David McFall. On top of all that, there is rather funky tile artwork in the main ticket hall area, continuing the arty theme here.  This all helps to make up for the fact the actual design of the station building is rather drab and 1960s.

The Pub: The Coppermill, 205 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HF

There aren’t really any pubs near Blackhorse Road so it’s a bit of a walk to the nearest option round here. From the station, head down Blackhorse Road itself, turning onto Courtenay Road and then onto Edward Road. Head down here until you reach Coppermill Lane where the pub is just past the local primary school.

The Coppermill is a traditional street corner pub. It’s got a relatively small, old school interior. Despite this, I think it actually hasn’t been a pub too long and was converted from a off licence. There are various ‘novelty’ figurines and garden gnomes above the bar, as well as a sign towards one end of the bar reading ‘Job Centre Application Area’ – we didn’t sit there! The walls are decorated with pictures of the local area from time gone by as well as old football and sporting memorabilia.

The pub had three ales available on tap, Doombar, London Pride and an IPA I didn’t recognise or catch the name of. They don’t do food here to my knowledge so you’re best bet is a pack of crisps if you’re peckish. The Coppermill has a Sky/BT Sports licence and was showing a Premier League match when we dropped in but it certainly wasn’t dominating proceedings and you could have easily had a quiet pint without knowing the game was on. They also have quiz nights on Sundays. There are also a couple of tables outside the front of the pub.

The Coppermill is a good solid traditional boozer. I’d definitely pop down here for drinks every now and again if it was one of my locals.

(The pub has no website)

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