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The Red Lion, SW1

48 Parliament Street
SW1
SW1A 2NH
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Reviews of The Red Lion (Average Rating: 6 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Tris C left this review about The Red Lion

A pub has existed here in some form since 1423, apparently rebuilt in the 1890s though the very fine mahogany bar back bears the date of 1900. Apart from the dark lacquered floor, very detailed ceiling and enormous spindly brass chandeliers (see photo) which look like giant spider crabs, the description for this CAMRA inventory with an interior of Regional Importance is best appreciated on CAMRA’s site and the gallery on the pub’s own site.
This surprisingly blokey pub boasts of having served Charles Dickens and every Prime Minister up to Edward Heath; has every PM since been teetotal? I can imagine Thatcher tucking her skirt into her knickers after using the loo at closing time. Despite the ventilation from the open door and resultant cold, there was an all-pervasive smell of fish ‘n’ chips, which wasn’t great.
Ales: Pride, ESB and Oliver’s Island of course, I opted for a Beavertown Gamma Ray at a barely comprehensible £7.15, served in the brewery’s annoying branded kiddie glass.
This isn’t a bad pub, but I’d really only come here to appreciate the interior over a swift half before moving on.

On 2nd October 2021 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Red Lion

Suffers from having very cramped bar which makes it difficult to get served even if there are only a few people in the place (which there rarely is). Also has a compact upstairs 'English' dining room upstairs, the Cellar Bar below (never visited), a few patio tables at the front and several wooden bench seats along the side. Very traditional furniture and decor, refurbished earlier in 2014. However, it has always served excellent beer. Three handpumps on each half of the bar, offering - on my latest visit - Pride, Seafarers and the Old Winter's Ale (£4.80, but - as expected - in exemplary form).

On 28th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Red Lion

Needed food and had looked at the menu on-line before popping in on my walk. I knew they were big on pies.

There's a nice little restaurant upstairs with great service.

My ESB was served in the ceremonial handled jug, which was a nice touch. Damn fine.

Pie was good as well.

All in all - a good experience in a busy part of town.

On 9th July 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Charing Cross, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 1.04 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London Victoria, 1.14 miles, 22 min walk (show)
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2nd Oct 2021, 21:10
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2nd Oct 2021, 21:10
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Dog Friendly : No - Guide dogs only. - last updated 02 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 January 2013 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No - Selective. - last updated 02 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes - Fuller's. - last updated 02 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 25 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 02 October 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 October 2021 by Tris C
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