This is one of the most attractive pubs in Greenford, notwithstanding the orange paint which is the livery of Flaming Grill, the chain that now runs the Railway (click here to see more). It has thus avoided the fate of the Red Lion and effort is put into making it a pleasant place to visit, following a fire several years ago which led to its refurbishment. The management met the challenge of the smoking ban by providing a substantial, attractive garden to the north of the building and there are usually hanging baskets around the front. Unfortunately they have removed the hedges that once edged the car park and showed it to greater advantage. I haven’t been able to discover the date of the building but it must have been later than 1904 which is when the railways reached Greenford. When it was built the tracks just across the road from it were at ground level but an embankment which now carries the Central Line and the mainline service to Paddington was built in 1948. The pub is now almost hidden from passengers leaving Greenford Station unless they turn left under the arch that crosses Oldfield Lane North. It is fortunate to have a good deal of custom from those working at businesses and warehouses around it and seems to be well supported by local residents at the weekends. There is some concern that its proximity to the latest “advance” in rail technology, the high speed rail link (HS2) will deal it a death blow as the route will swing out into Rockware Avenue on “supporting structures”. This building deserves to be be listed.
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