Mortlake is a moderately busy suburban London station. It has two platforms, both of which retain their Victorian platform canopies offering passengers some protection from the elements. I really liked the decorative supports for the roof of the shelters. It opened on 27 July 1846, the same date as the last few stations I’ve visited.

One of the interesting things about Mortlake is the fact it is located right by a level crossing. This is something you don’t encounter on rail routes in other parts of London where the line tends to be on a viaduct or embankment. The presence of a number of level crossings on this route are a cause of frustration for motorists and also in terms of improving frequency on the route because of the disruption additional closures of the crossing would cause.

The Pig and Whistle, 86 Sheen Lane, SW14 8LP

The pub is a short, easy walk from the station – simply head south down Sheen Lane for 5minutes where The Pig and Whistle is just before the junction with Upper Richmond Road.

The pub was very busy when we visited, a Saturday lunchtime crowd here to watch Manchester City v Chelsea. The low ceiling made the place feel quite cosy even though it is pretty spacious. There are a number of comfy looking seats here but as there was barely s spare seat in the house, we went out in the garden as it wasn’t that chilly.

The Pig and Whistle has an expansive back garden with TVs for live sport and a number of enclosed booths which looked a bit like smartly painted beach huts for me. On the mild December day we visited, there were a number of people out in the garden to watch the football. When the Rugby match started(England V Australia), it ended up being almost as busy as indoors.

It had a nice range of ales on tap including Youngs Bitter and Special, Doombar, London Pride as well as my old favourite Tribute, which I had and never disappoints. There is also a decent food menu here with pub classics like Sausage and Mash, Fish and Chips and a range of Burgers all available for under a tenner. I went for their classic burger which cost £9, it was a hearty portion and they even threw in a couple of Onion Rings too. During the week there are deals so its only £10 for a burger and a drink on Wednesdays with the same offer repeated for curries on Thursdays.

The Pig and Whistle is a good solid pub. An ideal spot for watching sports with a decent garden and reasonably priced food too. This new blog has certainly started off on the right foot as South West London is definitely proving to be a hotspot for pubs!

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