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Red Lion, SW1

23 Crown Passage
SW1
SW1Y 6PP
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hondo . left this review about Red Lion

Tucked away down an alley quite basic one roomed interior but nothing wrong with that. 2 real ale taps. Dodgy steps down to the toliet.

On 25th September 2017 - no rating submitted
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Tris C left this review about Red Lion

As mentioned below, this is one of three Red Lions within spitting distance of each other, one being within dribbling distance.
Away from the surrounding hubbub, this is quite a small pub rebuilt in 1861 and situated down a little alley almost opposite St. James's Palace - perhaps Wills and Kate come here, as the pub was virtually dead on our midweek evening visit.
Externally, the windows are dimpled and stained and there are hanging baskets. The historic CAMRA-recognised interior is 1930s with décor that's a bit 1960s, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on your disposition. One thing it's resolutely not however, is a modern revamp with grey walls, hanging filament bulbs, pale wood floor with a vast collection of fashionable today, out tomorrow gins - result!
The interior features almost full height dark wood panelling, adorned with horse brasses, small framed prints of cartoons and the like. Above the picture rail is a selection of floral-print plates and to the centre of the left wall, is a glass-fronted case containing a red lion statuette; paint, where visible, is red - a small TV in the corner somewhat unnecessarily broadcast BBC News 24 with the sound off.
The floor is covered with patterned carpet and there are traditional low stools, covered with cerise velour; peripheral bench seating is similarly clad. In addition, there are traditional low wooden bench tables.
The bar is to the right corner and features an attractive, back-lit stained glass-panelled pot shelf.
Both the ladies and gent's loos are up/down very steep flights of steps, an ordeal not experienced since my last visit to the Seven Stars; the loos here are very basic: one cubicle for women and a cubicle and two cramped urinals for the lads.
The first barmaid was friendly enough but she was shortly replaced for the remainder of the evening by a rather brusque woman, probably the same person Blackthorn had the misfortune to encounter a month earlier. I didn't spot food of any sort, though a pack of Lurpak Spreadable was lurking behind the bar.
Ales: Adnam's Southwold (£4.30 a pint) and St. Austell's Tribute at £4.50 and both fine as they should be at these prices.
This pub is worth a visit and is a relatively welcome retreat, though it's not a destination venue. A better choice of ales and more forthcoming barmaid would garner the pub a couple of extra points.

On 16th August 2017 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Red Lion

A smallish pub tucked away down a narrow alleyway, it’s not the most obvious spot and is unlikely to attract too much in the way of passing trade, but it was nonetheless very busy on a recent early evening visit, with no seating available and only limited standing room, besides a number of punters spilling out in to the alley.

Internally, it’s all one single room with leaded and stained glass windows at the front. Décor wise it’s quite traditional with red patterned carpet on the floor, a few copper jugs hung up above the bar, some plates displayed on a rack, a couple of shelves of books and, less traditionally, a red lion set in to a recessed glass case. There was some wood panelling on the walls and deep red paintwork elsewhere. To the right was limited seating, whilst it opened out to the left and looked a little more elegant, although it was so busy that it was difficult to really appreciate this.

Beers on tap were just Adnams Southwold and Tribute, whilst the solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately. I guess this pub has probably got some potential, and perhaps it a quieter time it may have been quite appealing, but with the uninspiring drinks choice and somewhat abrupt service at the bar, I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I had anticipated.

On 7th April 2017 - rating: 6
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6th May 2018, 08:29
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6th May 2018, 08:29
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 September 2017 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs up/down steep stairs. - last updated 16 August 2017 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 September 2017 by hondo .
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