Hatton Cross opened on 19 July 1975 as the first stage of the Piccadilly Line’s extension towards Heathrow and served as the lines terminus on that branch until 1977. It certainly does feel very ’70s here, especially the colour scheme used for the platforms. The central columns have the old British Airways ‘Speedbird’ logo on them.
The station building is a large brick box which also incorporates the bus station used by many of the routes from South West London which then head onto Heathrow.
The Pub: The Green Man, Green Man Lane, TW14 0PZ
When I first started the blog, I remember thinking what on earth am I going to do when it comes to Hatton Cross? I knew it was located right near Heathrow and therefore most of the buildings round here were industrial units associated with the airport. Certainly getting off here and the rather barren landscape didn’t look that promising. However there is a pub a ten minute walk away. From the station, you need to get onto Faggs Road, having crossed the very busy Great South West Road, turning onto Green Man Lane where you’ll find the pub.
Finding The Green Man was a surprise in itself and after going inside, I’m happy to confirm it was a pleasant one at that! It’s very much an old country pub with a low ceiling with wooden beams and cosy alcoves. It’s also got quite a history to it and parts of the pub date back as far as 1640. One of the locals there told us that the famous Highwayman Dick Turpin, who reportedly used to terrorise nearby Hounslow Heath, was allowed to hide here by the innkeeper at the time in exchange for a cut of the bounty. He pointed out a little hidden chamber behind the fireplace where Turpin would conceal himself. Near this alcove are old claypipes and also locks which had been discarded by Turpin.
Back to 2016, there were a couple ales on tap, Directors Bitter, Alan Partridge’s favourite, and Greene King IPA. I naturally went for the Directors. Its a John Barras pub, continuing their West London powerbase I encountered in Ruislip, so has their menu of reasonably priced pub classics – mains vary from around £6.50 to £8.50. The Green Man also has a small garden too but can’t imagine its too peaceful!
The pub has a dart board as well as a TV Sports Licence. It was pretty busy here on the rainy, cold Wednesday evening we visited. Given there aren’t too many houses round here, it did make me wonder where the locals actually would live given how close everything is to Heathrow.
The Green Man was an alright pub in a location that seemed to promise little. I have to admit though, I’m not sure of the circumstances that would ever bring you to Hatton Cross but if you do ever find yourself here, at least you know there is a decent pub nearby!