Barnes Bridge brings to a close my journey on the Hounslow Loop section of South West Trains. It opened on 12 March 1916 – its rare to find stations that opened during the First World War, many actually closed during this period as part of wartime economy measures.
Architecturally it’s pretty unremarkable at platform level and the platform canopies are modern and functional, an ornate bit of ironwork remains at the entrance to the station before taking the steps up to the platform. My favourite aspect of this station is the view – the platforms are just before Barnes Railway Bridge so looking north you get a great view of it and over to the north side of the Thames.
The White Hart, The Terrace, SW13 0NR
As the station is located right on the Thames, it is no surprise we went for a riverside pub here. The White Hart is a few minutes walk west from Barnes Bridge on a road called The Terrace. It’s in a grand old building complete with flag-pole(although no flag!) so is very easy to locate. There has been a pub on the site since 1660 and the current building dates from 1899 according to its website.
Inside its one large room with a bar in the centre and an open plan layout. The tall ceiling also makes it feel more spacious here. We visited here on a Sunday afternoon and the pub was pretty busy with plenty of people here having a roast dinner. I think the pub also has an upstairs restaurant called ‘The Terrace Kitchen’ which we missed on our visit. The link to it on the website doesn’t work at the moment so I’m not sure if it’s still open. There is a decent photo of it here.
The White Hart is a Youngs pub so had their usual ale offerings of their own Youngs Bitter and Special, as well as the ‘Tower Special Pale Ale’ from the nearby Wimbledon Brewery. The food menu is a mix of pub classics like fish and chips and more gastropub fare like blue cheese and walnut salad as well as roasts on a Sunday. I went for their burger which cost £12 which seems to be the norm price wise round these parts. It was a very hearty portion with a decent amount of chips so I did manage to get my money’s worth.
Decor wise, the walls are fairly uncluttered but there is a stag’s head on one of them, I also spotted a glass stag on one of the tables too. There are also some canoe oars on the wall, understandable given the proximity to the river – the Oxford and Cambridge boat race also passes past the pub, I can imagine it must be absolutely heaving here that day. The pub also has a small terrace overlooking the Thames with an amazing view. This would be a great place for a pint in the spring and summer. There is also a decked garden area to the side of the pub with a few tables. They also have a collection of board games to help while away an afternoon here.
The White Hart is a good pub in an excellent location right by the Thames. It is definitely worth a visit, especially for its great riverside terrace. One to remember for the spring and summer and a much better option than plenty of central London riverside pubs.