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The Lion & Unicorn, Kentish Town, NW5

42 Gaisford Street
NW5
NW5 2ED
Phone: 02072672304
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Lion & Unicorn

This is quite an upmarket looking gastro pub, easily reached from Kentish Town tube station. You enter into a bare boarded seating area with plain tables and chairs plus a single high table with bar stools. Large windows along two sides of the room create a light, airy feel which is further enhanced by the pastel-shaded colour scheme and some admittedly weird wallpaper depicting images of caviar tins. A few black and white photos liven up the wall space and there are also various promotional boards around the room and a liberal amount of fairy lights, mostly strung around the windows. An L-shaped servery dominates the rear left corner of the room and has a nice wood panelled counter front, mirrored end pillar and traditional bar back. Some sofas can be found opposite the main part of the bar, arranged in front of a fireplace which has large plain mirrors above it. This has the unfortunate effect of creating a terrible pinch point, as those stood at the bar quickly fill the limited space between the counter and the sofas, making it very difficult to pass through to the rear dining room. This is a smartly furnished space with a more formal feel to it than the front bar, despite having very similar decor for the most part. Doors to the rear lead out to a garden, which I did not explore in the dark, although I did spot the decent sized, fenced-off seating area outside the front of the pub. Music was playing in the background but this was easily drowned out by a good post-work crowd, many of whom soon vanished when the attached theatre opened its doors.
The bar supports four hand pumps, all of which were in action during my visit, offering a choice of Sambrooks Wandle, Wimbledon Copper Leaf, Young’s Ordinary and Redemption Big Chief. The latter cost me £5.10 for a pint, backing up the feeling that this pub is aiming for a more affluent, upmarket clientele than the average pub in the area might be shooting for.
I don’t normally like this kind of pub, but there was something about this place that made me feel quite comfortable here and I could have quite happily stayed for a few more pints had I not needed to rush off to a gig at the nearby Forum. It’s lost almost all of its original features and no doubt much of its character, but has retained a good pub feel, in the front bar at least, and offers some interesting, well kept ale too. Not a bad option to keep in mind when in this part of town.

On 24th January 2019 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Lion & Unicorn

Stripped down open plan gastro pub near Kentish Town station, half given over for food, the other more pub like. Wood tables & chairs. A woman was feeding her designer dog which was sitting on one of the sofas. £4.40 for a pint of Youngs Bitter seems to be extracting the Michael slightly, well kept beer but all round a bit of a pub that seems to think its better than it is?

On 8th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Lion & Unicorn

Checked out all the GBG entries in Kentish Town and this was the only one that was a disappointment.

Very high prices. No atmosphere at all - like a hotel bar. Beer (Redemption Big Chief) was kept OK but not really my sort of pint.

Plenty of other choices in the area. Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2wM3nj2

On 11th August 2017 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Kentish Town, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Lion & Unicorn, NW5
24th Jan 2019, 19:24
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
8th Nov 2017, 12:56
Review submitted by Danny O'Revey

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front patio and rear garden, partially covered. - last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 24 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sundays 7.30 pm. - last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 24 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 July 2016 by Tris C
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