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The Golden Lion, Camden Town, NW1

88 Royal College Street
NW1
NW1 0TH
Phone: 02073872035
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Will Larter left this review about The Golden Lion

A large corner pub that is listed in Camra's heritage pubs list. There are several doors, labelled with their original functions (off sales, private bar, saloon) but the one I chose opened into one large space and I assume the others would either have done the same or are now no longer actual doors. There were three hand pumps on the bar, but just one beer: Sambrooks Junction, which was fine (NBSS 3). I was told they were awaiting delivery of beers for the other two. My notes made no mention of any heritage features, which the heritage pubs website says are mostly to do with the Victorian bar back. Maybe I need to come back when in less of a hurry to catch a train.

Date of visit: 1st March 2023

On 15th January 2024 - rating: 6
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Golden Lion

Update 1/3/22:

Little has changed since my last review. It was slightly busier on my latest Sunday evening visit and Landlord has replaced Hophead. Craft beers were London Fields Hackney Hipster & Hammerton Panama Creature. The landlord warned me off the Hackney Hipster as London Fields have ceased brewing and he was unsure of the beer quality. I did sample it and agreed that it was past its best, whilst also having the Panama Creature.

The landlord was also orchestrating a pub quiz, with just 2 teams competing!

Original Review 11/7/21:

Corner pub that has made it into the 2021 Good Beer Guide. The single room is quite light and airy, but it was quiet with just the barmaid and ourselves on our Monday lunchtime visit.

Dark Star Hophead & Butcombe Original were the real ales. I couldn't find any evidence of any real cider. Fairly average kind of boozer for the area.

On 1st March 2022 - rating: 5
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Golden Lion

A good looking former Charrington's house,the external door names hint at a previous internal layout before the inevitable open plan current layout.The unused apex doors would have led to a Private Bar,while along the Pratt Street side there was an off sales door and seperate entrances for a public bar and saloon. No doubt internal dividers were removed .The bar back ,although traditional ,may date only from the opening out.
The furniture is traditional,there is a darts board and flatscreen (off) at one end and food is served.
Opening hours are limited (possibly due to Covid,check before visiting)and during the week closing at 9pm.Judging by the punters inside it's a white working class mono culture,with no signs of any hipster influence.Bar stools run the length of the bar.The stair lift to the basement lavs might also be well used by the customer base.
Besides very mainstream keg beers and lager,the three handpumps were only offering Butcombe Original (in good nick but I can't score this dull brew any higher than NBSS 3,very CAMRA friendly pricing at £3.60).Another clip was reversed.
It's in the 2022 GBG,but could you really spend all night supping Butcombe Original ? And does this pub showcase the best of real ale ? The local CAMRA branch should give up slots if this is the best they can find.
Fine for a swift one,a bit dull otherwise.

On 8th January 2022 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
Camden Road, 0.26 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Golden Lion, NW1
15th Jan 2024, 21:51
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15th Jan 2024, 21:51
Picture submitted by Will Larter approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 November 2013 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes last updated 24 August 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 July 2020 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 05 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 24 August 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesdays 8.00 pm. - last updated 27 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 August 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 July 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
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