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The Red Lion, Isleworth

94 Linkfield Road
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Mark Davey left this review about The Red Lion

Can't really expand on John Bonser's and others reviews, other than to say that this pub is the best within walking distance of Twickenham that dosn't get rammed solid on match day. I have drunk here several times in the past couple of years and will continue to do so.

Called before the Tigers / Saints final on 25/5/13 and was a little dissappointed in the beer selection. Quite a lot of GK related brews. Personally nothing much against GK but others in our party struggled to find a non GK beer.

On 28th May 2013 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about The Red Lion

This pub seems like a game of 2 halves.the lounge bar is comfortable but in a 70,s way and then the public bar is a rough and ready boozer.Even though i have visited this pub about 30 times just for a quick drink and the beer fests i feel treated like a stranger.Good selection of 6 cask beers usually but never seem to get a great beer in here.Still a great community pub and best in the area.

On 30th January 2013 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Red Lion

Situated in a quietish residential Isleworth side street is The Red Lion, an enterprising and popular community local.

The pub dates back to 1846 and retains a two bar layout although the rooms are used for different purposes than the original etched glass in the door indicates. The former “ saloon and billiards” bar is now the lounge bar whereas the “bottle and jug” is now the public bar. Looking at the lay out of the interior, I suspect there was probably once more than two bars.

The lounge bar is comfortably furnished with some red letter settees and traditional circular bar stools and seating. At the back of this room is a smallish stage which is used for the frequent live music events which are held regularly throughout the week. At the side of the bar, an old iron sign tells us that this was a former Royal Brewery of Brentford pub. Numerous framed CAMRA certificates attest to the popularity and quality of the real ales that have been offered over the years. A small fish tank sits proudly on the side of the bar – not sure how long it’s been there, I’ve just never noticed it before.

An unmarked door leads through to the smaller public bar. Notably, there’s no real difference in the level of comfort and furnishings when compared to the lounge bar. The public bar is also cosy and carpeted and features red leather settees and bar stools. Towards the back of the bar is a billiards table, which seemed to be in continuous use during my recent Saturday visit. Decoration includes a stuffed deer’s head with antlers high up on the wall looking down on proceedings. There’s also a signed Harlequins rugby shirt. Note also the small photograph showing a band of customers outside the pub in 1887 celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
A pleasant garden at the rear of the pub features well tended and colourful flower beds, some old Courage Brewery lamps by the garden entrance ( and an old local CAMRA Beer Guide confirms that this was one a Courage pub ) , a Charringtons Toby Welsh lamp and, most notably, a striking mural depicting a damsel accompanied by a red lion. For some reason, which was not obvious, one of the tables on the grass had been painted a lurid pink colour. There’s also some seats outside at the front on the pavement edge.

An excellent and varied range of real ales is always on offer here – usually around 9 or 10 in total. Different beers are served in each bar, but each pump is double clipped, so you can see all the available beers without having to walk through from one bar to the other. On my visit, beers include Red Squirrel Summer Ale, Ascot Ales On The Rails ( a dark malty mild ) , Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted and Meantime Pale Ale. Prices were around the £ 3.30p / £ 3.40p mark. All beers tasted were in excellent form. The pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular and holds a number of beer festivals during the year which are advertised in London Drinker.

There aren’t many pubs in this area of West London that are specifically worth going out of your way to visit – but this is undoubtedly one of them

On 12th July 2011 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Isleworth, 0.2 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Syon Lane, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
St Margarets (London), 1.71 miles, 33 min walk (show)
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14th Oct 2013, 20:33
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14th Oct 2013, 20:33
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 July 2010 by David McNally
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - November - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 July 2011 by David McNally
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 02 July 2011 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 March 2009 by hondo .
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