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The Red Lion, Barnes, SW13

2 Castelnau
SW13 9RU
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Red Lion

Fullers tied house with a focus on food and an upmarket interior.To the left of the front entrance is a snug area with two chesterfield high backed chairs,some other confy seating and this area is best suited to just drinking,it has a lounge feeling.The bar is mid building while further back there is an area which looks set for dining,quite well appointed with wood panelling and considerable opulance.The food menu is quite short and equally upmarket and priced as such.
The bar sports 5 handpumps with on my trip Fullers London Pride,ESB,"Dark Star" Hophead and a single guest By The Horns Diamond Geezer (NBSS 3).The nearest pub to the Wetland Centre but more interesting as a place to eat with not much pub atmosphere.

On 19th January 2020 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Red Lion

This is a Fuller's pub which had on ESB, London Pride, Spring Sprinter, and Oliver's Island (£2.08 a half). There were single sheet menus (plus wine lists, which went unscrutinised by yours truly obviously) on all the tables - sarnies are £7 - £7.75, with main courses starting at £11 (sausages & mash) going up to £26.50 for the 28 day aged Hampshire ribeye steak, etc, etc.

This pub doesn't look much from the outside, with its plain, drab and tatty grey painted frontage, although the two red lions guarding entrance provide a bit of colour. But inside it's a different story. Although it's branded as a pub and eating house, they've not gone down the minimalist gastro grey route, retaining the wood panelling on the walls in its original state, as well as the magnificently ornate wooden arches separating areas at the back of the pub (originally a lounge area possibly) featuring seahorses in the detailing. There are several rugs on the floor to break up the bare-boarded flooring. There is also a large garden at the back backing on to the Wetlands Centre, plus a car park at the side.

I would say that the rear of this pub is the most interesting. Here you have an attractive arched ceiling in an area between two of the wooden arches, and a very large and attractive wood-framed fireplace accompanied by the obligatory brace of sofas. There's also a clutch of sofas/armchairs next to the door to the garden, but otherwise the furnishings consist of re-cycled dining room tables and good quality normal chairs. Another remaining heritage feature is the green and yellow stained glass glazing in most of the windows.

This pub was empty when I dropped in on Wednesday morning so I couldn't really judge its "pub atmposphere". But from what I could see it's still a real pub despite its emphasis on food. I bet the garden's popular on a warm day. I really liked this pub, and would be very happy to pay a return visit.

On 29th April 2016 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Red Lion

The Red Lion is a decent looking Fullers Pub close to the Barn Elms playing fields and the WWT London Wetland centre and is handy for a pint when visiting the Wetland centre.
It is branded from the outside as a “Pub and Eating House” which gives you the clue that food is quite high up on the focus for this one.
As others have mentioned it does not look that big from the outside but has the full tardis effect going on the main building stretches some way back from the main entrance to a very pleasant external patio area with large jumbrellas and then grassed garden area that then stretches the same distance again back along Queen Elizabeth Walk, making this quite a big pub for a decent summers day.
The inside space is two separate areas with the bar to the front and then a seated dining area to the back. I found the front bar section a bit bland and lacking character but the seating / dining room section to the back has a bit more character, with its darker wood, stained glass windows and large brick fire place with comfy chesterfields. But on a hot day the patio and garden or the additional external seating area to the front of the pub provide a very pleasant place for a pint.
We didn’t eat as sandwiches are not offered on a Sunday and the rest of the menu was too rich for our tastes, but the pub was very busy with people in for the Sunday roasts.
On the beer front there are seven ale taps in total with three at the front end and an additional four in the middle. Pride and Chiswick were doubled up and the ESB, Two Halves and the seasonal Summer Ale were on the others. Plus the Fullers Black Cat stout was on chrome pump.
The Red Lion was very popular on this Sunday lunchtime, and I can see why.

On 23rd June 2014 - rating: 7
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19th Jan 2020, 21:04
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
29th Apr 2016, 12:06
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 29 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 29 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 April 2016 by Rex Rattus
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