Chiswick Station is my penultimate stop on the Hounslow Loop line before it ends up back at Barnes. It opened in 1849 and managed to retain both a very charming station building on Platform 1 as well as a traditional footbridge too. I imagine the residents of this well heeled part of West London would expect nothing less.
Bulls Head, 15 Strand-On-The-Green, W4 3PQ
While there are a fair few pubs near Chiswick Park tube, things are much quieter by the rail station. There is the ‘The Old Station House’, which I assume must have been just that but it looked more like a bar and restaurant so we decided to cast the net wider.
In the end, we went for the Bulls Head. It’s just over a 10minute walk from the station, heading West, and is situated on the riverfront just before the Kew Railway Bridge. The pub dates back to the 18th Century and certainly looks like an old country pub from the exterior. Inside it is low ceilings and wooden beams throughout, but the colour schemes and decor have more of a modern chain pub feel to them and are a bit generic. Curiously enough, they were advertising a ‘Psychic Night’ coming up here the following day – I didn’t think it seemed that kind of pub!
It is part of the ‘Chef and Brewer’ chain, which is owned by Greene King. As a result, a majority of the ales come from their brewery including Abbott, Ruddles Best and their IPA. Other beers available included Rocking Rudolph(hanging on past December!) and Adnams Ghost Ship. I am not a massive fan of Greene King ales which poses a problem whenever I visit their pubs. In the end I went for Ghost Ship,a beer I am unsure about and remained so after this. It’s just a bit too sweet for me. Food wise it is mainly pub classics – as indeed a section of their menu is called, with mains like fish and chips and burgers priced around the £10.99 mark.
The pub also has a children’s menu and there were plenty of families here on our Sunday afternoon visit so the inside of the pub was quite busy. We took advantage of it being a very sunny January afternoon and sat outside. This is where the Bulls Head came into its own as the tables outside have a lovely view out onto the Thames and the leafy south side of the river. It felt like the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon and I can imagine how nice it must be in the Summer here when its really hot and you can enjoy a refreshing pint in the sun by the river.
Overall I’d say the Bulls Head is an alright but unremarkable pub inside, fine for a quick pint but not worth going out of your way for. However if the weather’s good, definitely get down here as the little outside area is a really scenic spot for a drink.