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White Lion, Stroud Green, N4

125- 27 Stroud Green Road
N4
N4 3PX
Phone: 02075618880
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Rex Rattus left this review about White Lion

The ale selection has certainly improved since Alan Winfield's visit last year. There are now four handpumps in here - two facing you as you enter, and a couple more around to the left in what was once probably a separate room. The first two were clipped for West Berkshire "Oh, Beehave", (but the taster I was given revealed it to be well past the turn), and Cottage Brewing Sentimental Journey (£4.10 a pint). The two ales available in the other bar were Reunion Brewery (a West London brewery) ales - Incredible Pale Ale and Opening Gambit. Food was available Wednesday lunchtime, with main courses at £10.50 upwards, but weekday lunchtime specials are cheaper - a bowl of pasta is £7.50, as is sausage & mash, with the steak & ale pie at £9.

The pub is now nothing like it must have been when it was a 'spoons. It's now bare-boarded; walls have been stripped to expose the brickwork, most of which would be better left covered up, and there's a fair bit of indigo paintwork around the place. One interesting piece of artwork on one of the walls was a montage of images taken from Marvel and DC comics, mainly featuring lions. Most unusual. Furnishings include sofas and armchairs, but seem to be mainly dining room tables and chairs. The pub goes back a long way, with what looks like a dining room at the back, complete with skylight and chandelier. There is a bit of seating at the front, effectively on the pavement.

So, I guess this pub is best described as a fledgling gastropub. But there were a few pub grub options available and four real ales not from the ranks of the usual suspects is pretty good going. The staff were friendly and helpful (a taster being offered) and I would have no objection to a re-visit.

On 12th July 2017 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about White Lion

The White Lion is a decent sized pub that is set in a row of shops on the main road down to Finsbury Park.
This pub was on my list to do,but i changed my plans and walked down from Crouch End picking up any pubs i came across while walking to Finsbury Park station.

Once inside there is a U shaped room to the front which is bare boarded,there is bench seating and normal tables and chairs.
There is a separate dining room to the rear right.
There was only one real ale on which was Trumans Rio Gold which went down well.
If you like to watch traffic go by there are seats outside which are covered by an awning.
I was happy enough having a drink in this pub.

Pub visited 4/8/2016

On 2nd October 2016 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about White Lion Of Mortimer (JD Wetherspoon)

Situated roughly halfway between Crouch Hill and Finsbury Park stations, this is a shop converted Wetherspoons pub with an unusual internal layout. The pub is essentially a single room set up, but has been split in two by a series of heavy duty pillars and short sections of wall that might actually have been better presented as a continuous wall separating two rooms. The room is predominantly carpeted but has a tile floor space to the front and around the bar. The servery is along the right hand wall and has a simple counter split in two by another pillar. Standard seating is arranged at the front of the pub under large folding doors which open out to some pavement seating, whilst the left hand side of the room has a few high tables and stools. Three quarter high wall panelling can be found through most of the room with the wall above painted in a neutral shade and left blank, with very little on show throughout. To the rear is a nice seating area with some comfier options under a skylight with some decorative tiles and ironwork. I arrived as a large food delivery was taking place, so I couldn't actually explore this part of the pub properly, but I thought I glimpsed a garden to the rear, although I may be mistaken.
There was a cider festival underway when I visited, which meant that half of the ten pumps were dispensing ciders and perries. The remainder had a mix of three 'Spoons regulars and two guest ales from which I selected the Brouwerij T'ij India Red Ale. This was a great pint in fantastic condition served to me by a rather eccentric barman.
This is a pretty good Wetherspoons with a slightly cosier, pubby feel to it than the vast majority of their shop conversions. The excellent beer makes it stand out as well and whilst it still lacks the character of a traditional pub, I could happily enjoy a decent session in here.

On 12th August 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Crouch Hill, 0.26 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Finsbury Park, 0.49 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Harringay, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for White Lion, N4
12th Jul 2017, 14:49
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
 
2nd Oct 2016, 17:01
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 August 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 12 August 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 August 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 03 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 August 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 12 August 2015 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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