Chessington North is my penultimate stop on the Chessington branch line. It opened on 28 May 1939 as the route was extended from Tolworth to Chessington South. The station design is very similar, if not identical to the preceding two stations on the branch. Although I have to say I think the curve of the platform shelters is slightly less pronounced here than it was at either Tolworth or Malden Manor.
This is not the right stop for Chessington World of Adventures, as a sign on the platform helpfully informs passengers. That said, it would be more of an adventure getting there from here…
The William Bourne, 273 Moor Lane, KT9 2BQ
The pub is just over 10 minutes walk from the station, heading straight along the main road south. The William Bourne is located near the slightly ominous sounding Bonesgate Open Space which gave the pub its former name.
The William Bourne is a Stonesgate pub, the branding of which is similar to a Wetherspoons and it does have the feel of one. The food is certainly in the ‘spoons pricing range too, with a burger and a drink for £6.25 as well as a two meals for £9.99 offer too, covering options like fish and chips and lasagne. Again, like a ‘spoons, there are different ‘nights’ during the week with themed food discounted, these run every day except Sundays. On Wednesdays for example its ‘Cantina Mexicana’. where you can get a ‘Latin American’ dish(mainly burritos really) and a drink for £5.99. They had three ales on tap on our visit, Deuchars, Doombar and Tribute, so some solid options there.
They have a sports licence – something you wouldn’t get in a Spoons – and the front of the pub was really busy with people watching the 4pm game on Sky Sports. The back area was slightly quieter with families having a Sunday meal out. They also have both a back garden and a small seated area outside the front of the pub. The decor here is fairly generic and inoffensive as you might expect, plus some old photos of the local area on the wall too.
The pub has various events on during the week, including ladies’ darts on a Monday mens pool on a Tuesday and a quiz on Thursdays. I thought only pubs in soap operas had ladies darts nights – a common occurrence in Eastenders back in the day. The pub is actually incredibly close to the border of Greater London, walk a minute further south down Moor Lane and you’re in Epsom and Ewell.
The William Bourne is an alright spot for a drink. It’s nothing special really, as you might expect from a chain, but it would do the job if you were in the area.