She’s back! Local mum and business owner, Liz Pilgrim is guest blogging once again, this time throwing a spotlight on Pitshanger and what makes it such a family-oriented area.
Over to Liz…
Welcome to my second guest blog post for Northfields! After sharing some of my top family friendly spots in Ealing, I’ve been invited back, this time exploring an area I love – in and around Pitshanger Lane.
Pitshanger Lane is very much a local area for local people and has a real community feeling. From ‘Party in the Park’ in Pitshanger Park every summer (includes bands, live acts and a dog show) to ‘Lighting up the Lane’ at Christmas (such a delight to see the sparkling lights dazzle as they’re switched on with a massive count down ceremony 1st weekend in December) you really get a great sense of a close community.
Pitshanger Lane itself is a bustling parade of local shops, cafes and restaurants providing all the local services you could need including independent businesses Harrisons Deli, Meat & Cleaver Butchers, Blue Ocean Fishmongers, Pitshanger Bakery and not forgetting Charlies’ Fruit Bowl Grocers.
Parks and Playgroups: Pitshanger Park is a huge outdoor green space with a well-equipped playground, cycling paths, golf course and tennis courts bordered by the River Brent. It’s also a great place to walk dogs! Pitshanger Park is also home to the fab Pitshanger Playcentre which provides a weekly playgroup with both an indoor play area and outside space as does St Barnabus. Blossom & Bee has recently opened nearby in Eaton Rise offering babyclasses and café – perfect for new mums.
Location: Pitshanger Lane is on some good bus routes including the 297 and E2, E9 and is a 15-20 minute walk to Ealing Broadway tube. As soon as you get up the hill on Castlebar Road, you feel as if you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of Ealing Broadway.
Schools: Pitshanger Lane is in the catchment area for some of Ealing’s top performing schools including North Ealing, St Gregory’s, Montpelier and independent schools such as St Benedict’s, Notting Hill & Ealing, Durston House and St Augustines.
Shopping: Stems Flower Boutique is perfect for spoiling someone with a bouquet of flowers, The Present Company and Roberts & Co are great for greetings cards and unusual gifts and Juniper stocks everything needed for school uniforms.
Eating out with kids? My kids love the milkshakes and treats in Oscars and Cinnamon and everyone loves a pizza at Mediterranean Pizza House or takeaway at Piccolo. Lisa’s and the new French restaurant Chez L’Ami David are great for grown up treats.
Pubs: There are 2 pubs to choose from – The Village Inn which does fantastic steak nights and the Duke of Kent – fab food and garden for sunny evenings.
The Brentham Club: is a gem in itself. Built in 1911 to serve the Brentham Garden Suburb Estate which boasts its own sporting facilities including football and tennis and has a social club with a bar and function room to hire – great for parties
Great places to get your kids hair cut: Pitshanger is bursting with hairdressers but in our family we love TCM and Busbys.
Anyone for tennis? Ealing is very proud of its sporting heritage. Did you know that Fred Perry and Peter Crouch both grew up in Ealing? Will to Win runs tennis classes in Pitshanger Park.
Dance Classes: Innovation Dance runs dance classes including ballet starting at just age 3. They also have a dance shop selling baby clothes and gifts. Perform runs weekly drama classes at St Barnabus Church.
Liz Pilgrim is a local resident, mum of 2 and business owner. She owns babye boutique www.babye.co.uk selecting the best and unique baby gifts, as well as running www.babyagency.co.uk wholesaling maternity & babyproducts, guest lectures at University of WestLondon Business School and runs her own courses www.IWantToOpenAShop.com building on her own wealth of experience from having her own retail chain of boutiques in West London. Liz is a passionate supporter of Ealing and has a wide interest in the business community and a keen supporter of The Ealing Civic Society and CENF (Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum) For more information, contact [email protected]