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The Golden Lion, Camden Town, NW1

88 Royal College Street
Phone: 02073872035
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Golden Lion

This large, attractive former Charrington's pub in the back streets between St Pancras and Camden was recently subject to a long campaign to save it from the clutches of a property developer, so when recently in the area, it only seemed right to pop in to see what the struggle was for. The pub has a two bar layout which has been opened into a single long room by the removal of a partitioning wall, although the separate entrance doors remain (denoting Private and Saloon bars), as does a partitioning arch mid way along the servery. The Private Bar end of the pub is mostly taken up by a pool table, but a bit of space remains for a few tables and chairs to run along the front wall, opposite the bar. This seating runs through into the Saloon Bar side, where the bare boarded room opens out quite a bit once past the end of the bar, allowing plenty of room for vertical drinking or for a game of darts. There is also an upright piano and it seems that sing-a-longs are a fairly regular feature. Large windows run along two sides of the building, screened by some notably ugly venetian blinds and there is also an unsightly bricked up fireplace at one end of the pub. Décor includes floral wallpaper and gaudy chandeliers, but there is still plenty of period detail throughout, most notably around the servery with its impressive Charrington's bar back which includes some fine shelving, an etched glass 'Private' door, a neon 'Murphy's Bar' sign in honour of the landlord's family and an ancient cash register. Music played throughout my visit and a muted TV screen was showing some sort of awful looking reality TV show.
Beer-wise, most customers seemed happy drinking well known brands of lager but St Austell Tribute (£3.50) was also available on handpull, with a Sharp's Doom Bar clip reversed. The Tribute was unfortunately past its best, perhaps due to poor turnover, but the service was prompt and very friendly.
Not every pub can be a top ale-house and it seems that this unassuming place is content to keep its locals happy- something it seemed to be doing very well judging by a decent turn out on a random, mid-week Winter's evening. I found the place welcoming, well kept and with a few bits of interest dotted around and am glad to see it continuing to serve the community as intended.

On 5th January 2016 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Golden Lion

Imposing four-storey ex-Charrington pub, retaining some interesting features both on the façade and inside (e.g. the main bar back). Part opened out, but retains two bars. Basic furniture, supplemented by some wooden benches to one side of the building. Pool table at one end of the bar, with a dartboard and upright piano at the other. Weekly karaoke nights advertised. There are a pair of handpumps on each part of the counter, some of which are thankfully back in use since my previous visit a couple of years ago, with Doom Bar (£3.50) on and reversed clips for Tribute also noted. Quite a local landmark, so worth a visit if in the area (particularly now they've got some real beer on again).

On 8th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Golden Lion

A board outside advertised Doom Bar and St Austell Tribute for £3.50 a pint, but only Tribute was on although it would in any case have been my preference of the two. At £2 a half it was a bit too much above half the price of a pint for my liking. There was no sign of any food, when I was in on Wednesday afternoon, but behind the bar I spotted a microwave and a hot food unit stacked with empty plates.

The pub still has evidence of where the different rooms would have been, mainly by the signage on the various doors, but also inside by the bit of glazed screenwork behind the counter, and the change in quality of the bar counter. The area at the back would clearly have been the saloon lounge, and contains a nice marble fireplace and the pub's best feature of an ancient bar back. The area at the front has a pool table as well as a TV above the corner door. Furnishings are exclusively normal tables and chairs.

This pub looks magnificant from the outside, and at one time probably magnificent inside as well, but the inside's now very plain and simple. Nothing wrong that of course. It's a stroll from the busy centre of Camden Town so doesn't seem to be infested by the oddities I saw there. It's worth dropping in to have a butcher's at the bar back if you're into that sort of thing, but I'm not a local and wouldn't see it as somewhere to spend any length of time.

On 24th August 2015 - rating: 6
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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)
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23rd Jul 2020, 20:56
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23rd Jul 2020, 18:38
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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 : Yes last updated 20 September 2020 by Tris C
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