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Rex Rattus left this review about The Red Lion
This is a magnificent old pub is set back from Shooters Hill. Some of the old Victorian stuff still remains, including a bit of etched/cut glass, and a very nice wood pillared bar back. Obviously it's now just one space with a central U-shaped servery, although the original multi-room format is easy to determine - indeed the door on the left still retains its Public Bar signage. The floor's carpeted, and it looks as if they've used the offcuts to add decoration to the panels in the bar counter front. A carpeted bar counter front is somewhat unusual, but anything that reduces unecessary noise is fine by me.
There are a few tall stools at ledges by the windows, but otherwise furnishings are normal tables and chairs. Around to the right of the servery is an area whose main feature is the large log fire, which was alight on the cold December day when I visited, as well as a trophy cabinet for the Red Lion Golf Society. In the old public bar area a group of apparent regulars were engrossed in a game of cards, and this is where the dartboard is located. A radio station was playing, but thankfully not too loudly.
There was nothing terribly exciting in the way of ales, but they did have three on - Doom Bar, Courage Best (£1.85 a half) and Directors. There was no sign of menus, but I did spot a large jar of pickled onions, and a plastic covered dish of rolls behind the bar counter. And while I was in there a lady came in to order some rolls/toasties to take away. It did seem a friendly place.
This is a lovely old pub that's still full of character. The sound of the log fire crackling on a cold day was very welcome on a cold day. With a better ale selection this would be a top notch pub - but it's still pretty good though.
On 15th December 2014
- rating: 6
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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
- Car Park : Yes last updated 15 December 2014 by Rex Rattus
- Darts : Yes last updated 15 December 2014 by Rex Rattus
- Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 20 February 2011 by Will Larter
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 December 2014 by Rex Rattus
Last inspected: October 2nd 2014