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The Black Lion, Stoke-On-Trent

Consall Forge
Postal town: Stoke-On-Trent

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Gill Smith left this review about The Black Lion Inn

This is a delightful pub in a beautiful etting, but a bit of a walk from the car park as you need to go over the river bu a footbridge then over the Churnett Valley Herotage Railway via 2 gates. There is a decent range of ales and ciders, and we chose Falstaff Arnott which was fine.

On 9th September 2018 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Black Lion Inn

One of the most beautiful pub locations anywhere in the UK,overlooking the Caldon Canal and with the Churnet Valley Railway running below the pub garden.The pub building is victorian with bench seating in the bar area and a seperate restaurant area.The ale selection and quality is outstanding and on my visit the Harviestoun Schiehallion and the BrewDog Punk IPA were sublime and led to much quaffing from a thirsty crew.Although we didnt eat,the food looked wholesome and is cooked by a chef,no microwave in sight.On a sunny weekend this pub can get busy but just be patient at the bar and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.I've been into more pubs that I care to mention,and this is place is right up there at the top of the tree.An absolute must visit.Excellent website gives more information.

Spent the evening here and still marvelled at the location.There seems more focus now on real cider with two on handpump and boxes stacked high on a side bar,there must have been a choice of more than 10.Three real ales available with two pumps reversed,and Burton Ale a regular fixture.Guests on my trip Norton English Eleven and Cat Scratched Celt.The pub grub may not be cordon bleu but makes up for it in sheer size,you wont leave feeling hungry.The interior is basic and not helped by having music channel Heart TV on both screen and speaker,the location seems more conducive to background jazz or some such.Popular with locals who drive here ,with the nominated driver on the shandies,and very dog friendly.Chickens peck in the beer garden outside,it's rustic and well worn but worth seeking out.

On 10th August 2013 - rating: 8
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Andy Ven left this review about The Black Lion Inn

If you can find Consall, via Consall Lane off the A522, keep your eyes open and just keep following the signs for Consall Forge (No Through Road) you will pick up signs for the Black Lion after a while. The pub car park is at the end of a country lane and on the opposite side of the canal and Churnet Valley Railway track to the pub itself - a bridge and level pedestrian crossing allows access to the pub with a fair number of chickens wandering about in the beer garden at the front that offers a fine view of the railway and canal - I assume deliveries use the same route as the customers? My route was via the Churnett Valley steam Railway from Kingsley and Froghall, getting off at Consall Station and walking with the track 50 yards on my right until we reached the car park.
I found a 3 roomed pub, one of which is designated as a restaurant. Despite its fairly remote location it was quite busy on Saturday afternoon.
Ales on offer included Westgate Brewery Gangly Ghoul (a nice dark ale), Peakstones Rock Black Hole, Murf's Ales Duke of Gloucester, George Stephenson and Diesel 37 (specials brewed for the steam gala).
As the videprinter twitched away on TV, it got dark and the weather outside turned cooler whilst the fire became more enticing. Warning! Once you get settled here you might not want to budge.

On 15th November 2010 - no rating submitted
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Black Lion Inn

A difficult one to find this but very well worth the effort. As mentioned by the previous reviewers, the Black Lion is idyllically located in beautiful surroundings with boats and steam trains to watch whilst enjoying top beer.
Inside, the first room you come into is the bar with tiled floor and fireplace, to the right is a room with table laid and through from there is the restaurant. The place feels comfortable and lived in and could probably do with a spruce up. There's a large garden outside with views and chickens as mentioned below.
Food is of the standard boozer variety and our Sunday lunches were plentiful, very edible and good value without troubling the Michelin inspectors.
There are five ales on as well as two draught ciders. Skinners Cornish Knocker, Amorillo and 99 Red Baboons from Blue Monkey, Peakstones Rock's Black Hole and Murfs Ales Lights Out. The Cornish Knocker was a touch sour which may well just be how it comes but both offerings from Blue Monkey were exceptional.
A tremendous boozer which rewards the seeking out, go by boat, train or with a driver to really appreciate the top ale.

On 12th September 2010 - rating: 10
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Ste Cross left this review about The Black Lion Inn

Why this pub is built here “miles” from anywhere, if indeed it was built as a pub, I don’t know. But I am glad they did. There can’t be many more pubs built in such an idyllic setting. The pub is set in the tree lined Churnet Valley at the side of the Caldon canal and the Churnet Valley railway line with Consall station only yards away. The pub itself seemed to be made up of several rooms although on our visit we sat in beer garden which we shared with the pubs chickens.

When we arrived it was the last day of the pubs beer festival and the only beer on the bar was the excellent Lights Out by Murfs Ales although I presume more are available at none festival times. As the festival was on I felt it my duty to try out the beers on offer which included a few from the local Peakstones Rock Brewery amongst others in usual festival condition.

Anyone making the effort to find this unique pub will not be disappointed.

On 14th August 2010 - rating: 9
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