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Romford in General
Member Name: jammaker49
Romford in General
Date: 29/12/01, updated on 29/12/01 (279 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty of good shops., Many amenities
Disadvantages: Car parking, Quite intimidating at night
When one first hears the name "Romford", I wouldn't mind betting that the first things people think of is Brewery and Dog Track! Well the dog track is still here, although technically it is just outside Romford itself, but the Brewery I'm afraid, no longer exists.
I have lived in the Romford area since 1968, with just a break of four years when I first got married. We moved back here in 1978 and have lived in our current house since then. In those years, the whole face of Romford has changed, and yet, in some ways it still retains plenty of its former character.
Romford is situated on the borders of London and Essex, in the London Borough of Havering. Romford itself is fairly built up, and yet within 10 minutes you can be out in the country and away from it all.
Trains to the city run frequently; there are 6 an hour throughout the day, 3 an hour after 8 and there are more frequent services during rush hour. Even if the train stops at all stations on the way, you can be in Liverpool Street Station within half an hour. With a straight through train, this is halved, taking only 15 minutes.
Changing at Stratford for the Jubilee Line has made journeying to the centre of London much easier, and far more comfortable. Previously, the only way was by Central Line..the red one running right across London. A nightmare any time of day; Hell on earth in the rush hour.
A one day all zones travel card from Romford costs £4.90 and gives you unlimited travel on train, underground and buses right across the capital. From Romford, I can get to Heathrow and back without paying another penny.
For visitors to Romford, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are market days. The market is a few hundred yards from the station, to the left. Here you will find vegetable stalls in quantities, meat vans, fish stalls, book stalls, places that sell leather goods, houshold wares, video and CD stalls, clothing of all sorts, and ma
ny stalls that sell oddments. It is a thriving market, and there is a friendly atmosphere amongst stall holders and shoppers alike. A visit to the market is a must. But do beware of the cobbles underfoot; they can get slippery at times, and are not ideal for pushing a buggy on!
There are numerous places where you can get a snack during the day. As well as the usual Burger King, MacDonalds, KFC and even a Wimpey Bar, there are a number of pubs which do very reasonable meals, a Brewers Fayre, and a number of independent cafes. If you can find it in the arcade, my personal favourite is Browns, a small teashop set above a deli. Nothing to look at, but the doortep sandwiches will keep ou going all day! The bread is cut as you order, and the meat is transferred from the deli downstairs.
Their fresh turkey, or salt beef sandwiches are well worth a try. And very reasonable too. Tea and coffee comes in a mug, not a cup, and there is a loo for patrons only. As it is upstairs, you wouldnt know it was there unless you were eating in the cafe. Takeaway sandwiches are also available.
The shops in Romford are similar to those in other town centres. We have Marks, Debenhams, BHS, Littlewoods, Clinton Cards and dozens more. I prefer shopping in Romford rather than somewhere like Lakeside, which I find claustaphobic. I like to come out into the fresh air between shops.
There are now 2 multiplex cinemas in Romford, one on the top of the Liberty 2 shopping centre, and the other, newly opened, above the Brewery shopping centre. This is on the site of the old Brewery, and together with Sainsbury's and a large car park, opened earlier this year. The only problem with the carpark, is that you have to spend £15 in Sainsburys to take advantage of it being free. Otherwise the cost of parking here is quite high.
Romford also boasts its own ice rink, which can be found about 500 metres from the station, to the right and then right again. This is also
the home of the Romford Raiders ice hockey team, who train here, and play in matches. I believe they are quite a successful team.
At night, Romford teems with nightclubs, pubs, wine bars, and all manner of entertainment. All ages and all tastes are catered for, and being right in the centre, there is a very good network of mini cab firms and taxi ranks for transport home. Having so many people milling about at night can be rather daunting at times.
Parking in Romford can sometimes be a real pain. This has not been helped by the demolition of the largest car park in the centre, although this is now being rebuilt and refurbished. There is some car parking space just outside the town centre as well, but you must be careful where you park, as the traffic wardens are red-hot, and seem to hunt in packs!
All in all, Romford has a lot to offer, and is worth a visit. There are a number of things that would not be to everyone's taste, but there is so much diversity, that I am sure there would be something available for most tastes.
Come and pay us a visit.