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The Blue Lion, Bloomsbury, WC1

133 Grays Inn Road
WC1
WC1X 8TZ
Phone: 02074054422
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Blue Lion

We were on our way to the Indian restaurant two doors up 'The New Little India', so decided to pop in here for one on our way. Once through the doors the bar front faces you, with a choice of four hand pulled beers. Our choice on the day was Bedlam Brewery Wilde, Exmoor Wild Cat, Hammerton No. 7 IPA and Blue Lion, a house beer brewed by Greene King. We went for the Bedlam Wilde, which was in excellent condition.
The pub was busy and there was a lively atmosphere on our Thursday night visit, seemingly a lot of after work revellers, most probably from ITN. The interior had some interesting features such as the 1930s style fireplace over on the right hand side of the bar and the rear windows had some original lead work and some stained glass panels. We quite liked this pub and would defo return, plus the curry house was also top notch, so a good double header here.

On 8th November 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2550 recommendations about 2550 pubs]


Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Blue Lion

Attractive pub with some bold exterior detailing that somehow only catches the eye close up. Inside, it has been opened-out at some stage to leave a rectangular island bar with a counter on three sides. There is a row of small booths along one edge, and a generally uncluttered arrangement of plain wooden furniture elsewhere plus a pool table at the back. Decor is also quite restrained, but there is a good display of pump clips on the bar-back. Four handpumps offering a better-than-expected choice of Exeter Ferryman, Truman's Scorcher and the dark ruby Reunion Beardtongue (£4.30) in addition to the 'house' (Greene King) ale.

On 25th August 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 5028 recommendations about 5028 pubs]


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Tris C left this review about Blue Lion

A pub in this vicinity has existed since 1627 - it obviously has a very old name - but was rebuilt in 1938. The interior's quite modern painted white with some part t 'n' g panelling. Furniture is mixed and there's a pool table to the rear. Music is muted and there's a mixed crowd, probably being drawn from the ITN headquarters opposite.
Ales included Titanic's Iceberg, Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted which is how I felt once I'd handed over £2.95 for a half!!!

I'd come here again as there's not much around here, but note that it's closed at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

On 6th May 2016 - rating: 5
[User has posted 836 recommendations about 824 pubs]


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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Farringdon (London), 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
London Kings Cross, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blue Lion, WC1
8th Nov 2018, 19:50
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray
 
8th Nov 2018, 19:45
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Bench seating to front and rear. - last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 02 January 2010 by hondo .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 May 2016 by Tris C
Opening Hours
SundayClosed
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11:30pm
Friday12noon - 1am
SaturdayClosed
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
Food Hygiene Rating


Last inspected: October 20th 2015
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