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The Black Lion, Kilburn, NW6

274 Kilburn High Road
NW6
NW6 2BY
Phone: 02076241424
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john gray left this review about The Black Lion

Superb interior to this non cask but lots of keg emporium.Read the last review for for a superb write-up of the interior.He did the hard work I just had to relax and drink the beer.

On 25th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Black Lion

This is a beautiful heritage pub close to both Kilburn and Brondesbury stations. The place has a remarkable ornate interior, despite having been opened out into single, staple shaped room with a snug behind one remaining partioning wall. The main room has scuffed floorboards and a row of beer stained sofas and armchairs under the large plain front windows with smarter Chesterfields down either side of the room. One ancient looking high backed chair stands front centre, looking rather important, although there is no explanation as to its significance. The servery stands in the middle of the rear wall and has an original curved end counter and smartly worked matching bar back. A corner entrance to the left boasts an etched glass door under a TV screen and that side of room is notable for the large etched glass mirrors covering the entire end wall. An impressive gold frieze runs around the entire pub and the highlight of the whole pub has to be the copper relief images of folk drinking, smoking, playing bowls and painting, all over to the right of the room. The ceiling is also rather spectacular thanks to a gold rose and leaf motif. A fireplace to the right has a modest tiled surround and large wooden frame above bearing a "Gold Room" etched pane, hinting at the aforementioned decorative features. Both the snug to the rear left, behind fabulous etched glass panes, and a side room to the right have modern tree-themed wallpaper with the latter also having an open kitchen, bookcase wallpaper and rows of formal seating in a less traditional environment. There is a small outdoor seating area down the side of the pub, near the entrance to a nice park and food was available with most mains around 10-12 quid.
There are two handpulls on the bar, both of which were off so I ended up with a pint of Meantime Pale Ale from the limited keg selection at £5.05. The bar staff seemed pleasant enough and acted as reception staff for the guests checking into the rooms above.
This is a stunning pub which I thought was most definitely worth breaking my journey for in order to visit. It's a shame that they don't seem able to support any ales on the bar, especially as the area is underrepresented in that respect, but anyone interested in historic pub interiors should brave it regardless, as it's one of the capital's finest.

On 24th December 2017 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Black Lion

This pub is noted for its stunning listed interior but that's about the only appeal for what is in reality more of a wine bar. For the first time in many a year I popped in today on passing and there were four unidentified lager taps. And that's it. I was charged £2.60 for my half of anonymous lager which could have been Foster's...Kronenbourg...who knows.

There's bottled ale in the fridge: Well's Bombardier, Newcastle Brown Ale, Young's Waggledance and Theakston's Old Peculiar, all priced between £4.25 and £4.50 a bottle. To the side, there's a large dining room.

Aside from the interior, there's now no real reason to visit. The Priory Tavern down the road is an altogether better bet, which is a shame as this used to be a good pub and so easily could be again if only they got a decent selection of real ale.

On 8th July 2015 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Brondesbury, 0.19 miles, 3 min walk (show)
West Hampstead, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
West Hampstead Thameslink, 0.71 miles, 13 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes - B&B - last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Covered side patio. - last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 06 December 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 December 2015 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 December 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays. - last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 23 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 July 2015 by Tris C
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