Hampton

Hampton is the last station on the Shepperton branch line in Greater London as the next stop, Kempton Park, is over the border in Surrey. The station here opened on the same day as the Shepperton branch itself, 1 November 1864.

It is served by two trains an hour Mondays to Saturdays, but only one an hour on Sundays. It is rare to see any London station with a regular weekday service with such an infrequent frequency on a Sunday.

What’s interesting about Hampton station is while a traditional Victorian ticket office and platform canopy exists on one platform, the other has what looks like ’90s era housing forming the platform wall.

Jolly Coopers, 16 High Street, TW12 2SJ

The pub is just under ten minutes walk east from the station, on the High Street just after the end of Station Road. Inside, The Jolly Coopers is a traditional pub, carpeted throughout with wood panelling, curtains and cut glass windows. Its old school boozer credentials are enhanced by the presence of a bar billiards table, as well as trophies above the bar and lots of old tankards on the walls.

There is also a display on the wall with England’s 1966 World Cup Winning side, complete with a newspaper headline ‘England, Champions of the World’.   There was also a picture on the wall showing a number of different ‘Jolly Coopers’ who the name could possibly refer to, Tommy Cooper being the most obvious spot but I think I could also see Henry Cooper in there too. The pub sign also has three figures on, more Coopers I assume but none that I recognised.

There is a decent selection of ales here, with Courage, Summer Lightning, Deuchars, Opening Gambit and Devon Coast. While the pub itself doesn’t do food, there is ‘Squiffy’s Restaurant’ which is located at the back of the building and does a selection of Tapas dishes. but there is a Thai restaurant connected to the back of the pub

The Jolly Coopers is very much a community pub, a point emphasised by a photo on the wall of a guidedog that the regulars here uccessfully raised money for during the ’90s. There was a decent sized crowd here on the Tuesday evening we visited, with a fair few regulars chewing the cud sat around the bar.

The Jolly Coopers is a solid traditional pub. A good place for a pint on this particular outskirt of London, especially if you enjoy a bit of bar billiards.

(The pub has no website)

 

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