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Situated at the end of Reservoir Road, just inside the confines of, and facing on to, Ruislip Lido this pub is beautifully situated. Sadly that is where what is good about it ends.
The building itself was put up to replace the old art deco cafe that was visited by arsonists one night in the 80's. I am sure that there were restrictions placed on whoever designed it as to exactly what they could build as I suspect what was burnt down was listed, and what went up had to be in a similar theme, but this pub is a planning disaster!
Looking at the picture above you can see that it paints a very welcoming exterior to the road. It is actually difficult to see just how you get in it for a start. It improves at the other side and from a distance looks reasonable from the lake side. Inside however it is dark, drab and boring.
The side facing the lake (note lack of windows, and bushes in the way of the few that exist!)
To be fair it majors on food and really tries to be a restaurant, but a pub it also is, so I continue...
It was such an opportunity, it was so wasted. I don't know by whom and I doubt if they would stand up and account for their actions even if you accused them. This was more than an opportunity wasted, it was a chance for Ruislip to be really put on the map. A chance to do (and build) something that people would really remember. Much as I am a fan of art deco and wish the idiots had not set fire to what stood here the replacement should have been something different, something with flair, something bold and ultra modern, something with, dare one actually say it, WINDOWS! But I have the benefit of hindsight....
This pub is like a round of golf, it ruins a good walk.
Where it is, by road
Leave Ruislip towards Rickmansworth along Bury Street. Look out for the petrol station on the left and then a car showrooms on the right (that was a petrol station). Turn here down Reservoir Road and the Waters Edge may be found on the right at the end. There is a huge (council owned) car park on the left which is free and also used by visitors to the Lido, so you do not have to visit the pub to park in here. There are also local signs for Ruislip Lido.
There is a special car park for the pub, be very accurate about parking at the Lido and for the Waters Edge or you will find yourself with a ticket!
Telephone Number - 01895 625 241
Web links that may interest you
Every thing you could ever wish to know about Ruislip Lido
Ruislip Lido's Railway
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Access via public transport
Not too bad. Get the. H13 from Ruislip tube to the stop for Ruislip Lido and you are there.
Pub Crawl Potential
It was not bad but now you can only flit between here and The Woodman..read on. Come out of the pub turn left, walk to the end and just up the hill on the other side of the road is the Six Bells (now closed). Or turn left at the main road and then right up Breakspear road to The Woodman. A final option is to turn left at the main road and walk about 1/2 mile to The Plough (now a restaurant). Total walk between pubs a little over one mile and from all except The Woodman the H13 stops close by.
Ruislip Online review
We go once a year always on Xmas Eve and it is never busy then (!). They now have real ale but usually only one on and it is never quite the best pint I have ever drunk, probably as they do not sell enough! The meat on the carvery is usually OK but the veg can be a bit cold. You help your self to the veg, so you can pile your plate high. It IS VERY GOOD VALUE, with that you cannot argue.
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The attractions around this pub are just to long to list here. If you have never been to Ruislip go to this pub NOW and take in the beauty all around it, remembering that the Lido was built as a feeder for the Grand Union canal. This is the nearest you will get to the seaside in London.
When this is the view from your pub's garden I guess you don't have to try that hard to get customers...