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Submitted on Wednesday, 25th February 2009
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Roger Button left this review about The Red Lion
Despite being on a main road, there isn’t really anything in this part of London to attract outsiders so the pubs around here tend to be local affairs. The Red Lion has many fine features and characteristics but is occasionally let down slightly by its occasionally coarse customer base.
The carpeted interior has been knocked into a single U-shaped bar but fortunately several of the classic pub features have been retained. There would appear to be an almost intact set of patterned windows and an attractive Victorian style bar back and bar frame giving the place a good traditional feel. There is a dart board and 3 (I think) well placed flat screen TV's that genrally feature football or sports news. The walls contain several interesting old theatre posters, old photos (spot the pub photo from 1910) and a set of air raid precautions (well you never know when they will come in handy) intermingled with more modern artifacts like football shirts. Much of the attention revolves around football, screened on the 3 plasma TVs although the trophy cabinet stocked with golfing trophies suggest a more genteel sporting customer base does exist here at times. Since my last visit one end has acquired a sofa and some cosy leather seats surrounding the open fire.
The Ales are limited to Courage Best, Directors and Bombardier (poured from some new fangled hand pulls that look like keg beer engines) - not too much to get excited about but certainly better than nothing and there is also a decent beer garden to the rear if the weather allows. In the patio at the front is a seafood stall, something of a rarity these days.
It’s not a place you would generally think of visiting and is not the easiest place to get to by public transport (buses are the best bet) but it does have its own appeal and maybe worth doing in conjunction with a walk on the common and a trip to the nearby Eagle and the highly recommended Bull up the road.
On 20th February 2011
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- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 20 February 2011 by Will Larter
- Darts : Yes last updated 20 February 2011 by Will Larter
- Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 20 February 2011 by Will Larter
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 February 2011 by Will Larter