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Submitted on Friday, 30th December 2011
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Lion & Key
One of three pubs in close proximity run by the same people (along with Walters and WM Hawkes), the Lion and Key is the one that perhaps best captures the middle ground between traditional pub and modern bar. You enter into a very smart front seating area with plenty of high quality, comfy seating options to the right around a nice fireplace, flanked by some fine wood panelling and a number of shelves full of all sorts of clutter. It's a cosy space that certainly lends itself well to a session and it was a shame it was so busy on a Saturday evening that I was unable to bag a seat here. Moving through, you emerge into a bare boarded area with the servery to the right and a few high tables and stools opposite. The bar has a high wooden counter and beautiful modern dark wood bar back. A window at the far end of the bar was signed for a 'Snug' and had presumably been relocated from elsewhere, as there didn't appear to be an actual snug back there. The pub has been liberally decorated with all manner of items without coming across as too over the top. The ceiling is covered with pump clips and suspended from it are a couple of large cartwheels acting as light fittings plus a big clock. High shelves are packed with various bits including lots of breweriana, old tankards, adverts, horseshoes and horse brasses, scales, bottles, first aid kits and the like. Meanwhile, the walls are almost entirely obscured by some great old adverts, posters, playbills and so forth. To the rear there is a covered patio with some decent stool and bench seating and a load of old road signs and adverts on show. The place was really buzzing early on a Saturday evening - probably the busiest pub I found in Hull, which meant there was a good atmosphere but tricky to find somewhere to enjoy your pint in comfort.
The pub has its own brewery - Cat's Head - and three of their beers were on handpull - Pale Ale (£2.90), Christmas Jumpers and Strawberry Blonde. Guests were plentiful, with a choice of White Rose Original, Blonde and Beyond the Blonde, Great Heck Mount Hood, Hilltop HTP and Classic Bitter and Cottage Pullman. More Cat's Head brews were available on keg dispense, including a rather heavy sounding Imperial Stout. I thought I should try one of the house beers, so opted for the Cat's Head Pale Ale, which was good value and in decent shape but rather lacking on the taste front.
I really liked the look and feel of this place which seemed well set up to cater for a broad range of customers and offered one of the stronger ale ranges you're likely to find in the city. I'd be keen to give this one another try, perhaps at a slightly quieter time to soak up the place a bit more, but this stood out as one of Hull's better ale houses.
On 19th February 2017
- rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about The Lion & Key
This was only the second of two original pubs visited in Hull and for me was easily the best of all hostelries visited. I made two visits here both late evening and managed to find a seat even on the Friday. As noted below there is bric-a-brac everywhere, countless pump clips all over the walls and ceilings
and a bank of hand pumps that I failed to count and failed to note the beers but I suspect most of them were from Yorkshire and some were from the in house Cathead. On the first visit I had the Neepsend Chinook Stout (£3.60) which was really outstanding and I was gutted to find it gone the next night. However the same brewer's Stout (£3.50) was on and that was also outstanding.
On 2nd August 2016
- rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Lion & Key
Old Town alehouse in a building with a narrow frontage, with a traditional-style interior crammed full of bits and pieces but notably the vast array of pump clips / beer mats on the ceiling and an imposing bar-back. Excellent selection of 14 real ales on handpump, from near and afar, but I risked a Kissing with Confidence from Revolution (£1.70, half) which was in good form. As with several other nearby establishments it is not as authentic as it appears, but definitely worth a visit in any case.
On 17th April 2016
- rating: 8
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Last inspected: November 3rd 2015