The Railway pub, located on Uxbridge Road in Hatch End, was a popular drinking venue for locals for many years before its closure in the early 2000s.
The pub, built in the late 19th century, was particularly popular with older members of St Anselm’s Youth Club and the Hatch End Young Conservatives, who would frequent the establishment for a drink after their meetings.
Compared to other similar pubs in the area, you’d have to go into Harrow Town Centre to find a pub of its size or nearby Pinner, it was quite large and had a few pool tables near the back and plenty of fruit machines. It was infamously smokey inside as it wasn’t well-ventilated, something that seems strange looking back at how many people would be found smoking at the bar, but this was before it was banned indoors.
The Railway pub was situated opposite another local drinking establishment called The Moon and Sixpence, which added to the lively atmosphere of the area and is still a popular venue to this very day. The two pubs were often packed on weekends with locals looking to socialize and unwind.
Despite being a grade-II listed building, it was eventually demolished to make way for a Tesco Express and flats above.
Although The Railway pub has been demolished, it remains a fond memory for many Hatch End residents who frequented the establishment. Its rich history and contribution to the local community will not be forgotten.
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