North London Line : Part IV (The Journey's end?)
Saturday 31st July 1993
After a trip lasting over a year I think that this should finally wrap up the North London line trip. For those who have not followed its progress I can honestly say that we have covered as wide a spectrum of London pubs as you are likely to meet anywhere (from bad to worse!). The motivation has been to attempt to see as much of this line as possible before any mooted changes take place.
We start this section of the trip in a pub called the Coliseum which is a fairly recent Wetherspoons conversion (apparently from a cinema). Unfortunately I don't know the address of this pub, all I do know is that is about 5 minutes walk from Willesden Junction station. Coming out of Station Approach you turn right up Station road till you get to High Street Harlesden, the Coliseum is left up Manor Park Rd. You can get to Willsden Junction either by the North London line or by the Bakerloo line.
Trains leave Willesden Junction at 6, 26 and 46. We would aim to catch the 1:06 train (you should allow a few extra minutes to catch the train as this is a large rambling station.
The downline stations are seperated in minutes by :-
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)
19. Willesden Junction
Coliseum - Somewhere near Willesden Junction
Usual Wetherspoons beers plus guests.
A large pub with plenty of evidence of its former use (a cinema), this pub seems to specialize in food especially in the evenings.
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
I am informed that there is a Firkin style pub actually in (or near) this station but I have no details on it.
Kew Gardens Hotel - 292 Sandycombe Rd
Truman : bitter
Large refurbished pub close to Kew Gardens Station.
Orange Tree - 45 Kew Rd (16/21 SW)
Youngs - bitter, special
Large Victorian pub near station with small theatre upstairs.
Angel & Crown - 5 Church Court
Fullers London Pride, ESB
Historic pub with compact and attractive lounge bar
Richmond Arms - 20 The Square (16/25 SW)
Quiet pub in backstreet in town centre
Watermans Arms - 12 Water Lane (16/32 SW)
Very small pub in cobbled lane leading down to river.
Richmond area map.
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