North London Line : Part III (the nightmare continues)
Saturday 15 May 1993
Before the North London line is affected by the suggested Channel tunnel link it would seem like a good idea to finish off this trip. The details in this note are culled from London beer guides of various ages and hence are almost certain to be wrong. I am fairly sure about the first pub - The Gospel Oak - so those that intend to turn up should aim to be leaving here about 13:10 (to catch the 13:13). Trains on this line are supposed to be every 20 minutes.
You can get to Gospel Oak either by this line or by the Barking Gospel Oak line. Trains leave Barking at 00 and 30 and the journey takes 35 minutes.
Trains leave Gospel Oak at 13, 33 and 53, last train 23:13
The downline stations are seperated in minutes by :-
Hampstead Heath - 2, Finchley Rd - 3, West Hampstead - 1, Brodesbury - 2, Brondesbury Park - 1, Kensal Rise - 2, Willesden Jnct - 2, Acton Cntrl - 4, South Acton - 4, Gunnesbury - 2, Kew Gardens - 3, Richmond - 3.
Going east on this line trains leave Richmond at 3, 23 and 43, last train at 22:43 (arrives Stratford at 23:35)
12. Gospel Oak
Old Oak - 1 Mansfield Rd
Watneys Yorkshire bitter
Formerly the Gospel Oak and described in the 1850's as the noisiest and most objectionable pub in the district, but that was some time ago.
13. Hampstead Heath
Railway Tavern - 14 South End Grove (3/21 N)
Next to Hampstead Heath station, half timbered pub of the pre-war period, unspoilt interior. Good lively two-bar pub, food in evenings, large patio area.
14. Finchley Rd & Frognal
O'Henerys - 317 Finchley Rd (8/19 N)
Free House, Hooke Norton, Marstons ?
Formerly Carney Arms, split level interior, cellar bar, lots of bric-a-brac, patio overlooks railway track.
15. West Hampstead
Old Black Lion - 325 West End lane (9/17 N)
Courage best, Directors
Rebuilt 1912, lively split level pub, stained glass above the bar, walled beer garden at rear.
Railway - 100 West End lane (3/19 N)
Watneys, Websters Yorkshire bitter
Large corner pub, upstairs games room, seperate room has discos on Saturday nights.
Black Lion - 274 Kilburn High Rd (9/12 N)
Truman best bitter, Websters
Impressive pub rebuilt 1898, embossed ceiling and wood panelling. Live music some evenings, outside drinking area at side.
17. Brondesbury Park
18. Kensal Rise
19. Willesden Junction
Fishermans Arms - 50 Old Oak Lane
Taylor Walker, Benskins
Two bar pub near canal and station.
20. Acton Central
Albion - 2 Churchfield Rd (7/1 W)
Ind Coope, Burton, Taylor Walker
Next to the level crossing gates of the North London line, name taken from an old locomotive.
21. South Acton
John Bull - 590 Chiswick High Rd (7/21 W)
Ruddles County, Websters Yorkshire bitter
Large pub opposite station, loud music Saturday night in one bar, smaller bar for drinkers.
23. Kew Gardens
Angel & Crown - 5 Church Court
Fullers London Pride, ESB
Historic pub with compact and attractive lounge bar
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