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The Lion, Bristol

19 Church Lane
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Lion

The Lion is a corner pub that is up a steep hill from Hotwells Road.
Once inside the main room is L shaped and bare boarded,the bar faces inwards,there is wood bench seating and chairs for seating.
There is a separate room to the left which is oblong shaped.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Bath Ales Jem,which went down well,the other real ales were Purity UBU and Doom Bar.
Food was being served and background music was playing.
A decent pub and worth the walk uphill.

Pub visited 15/7/2017

On 22nd October 2017 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Lion

As nobody else has posted anything since my previous review, I will expand upon it a little...

This is a great pub situated in the back streets of Clifton Wood, but only a few minutes walk from Hotwells Road. It’s a typical street corner local, being surrounded on all sides by houses. Inside it looks to have had a recent refurbishment, and has got that typical gastro-pub look of striped pine flooring, brown paint work and chunky wooden tables. That said though, it’s still very much a drinkers pub and whilst there were a few punters tucking in to meals, the majority were just there for a pint.

It’s not a big pub and the seating is fairly limited, so it can be tricky to get a seat. The fact that one of the biggest tables was reserved didn’t help either. There’s a fireplace in one corner, although unfortunately it wasn’t in use on our visit. A roaring fire on a cold November’s evening would have been very welcome. There was also a plasma stuck up on the wall which looked a little out of place, although fortunately it was not in use on this occasion. There are also a few pictures dotted around the walls, including a drawing of a lion which seemed appropriate. Bar staff were friendly and efficient.

There’s an extensive pub grub menu on offer with a good choice at reasonable prices, as well as a number of specials chalked up on a board. A "Pie Minister" pie was excellent as usual, as was the Kedigree Fish Cakes.

Beers on tap were Gem and Tribute. A third pump had a Barnstormer clip, but this appeared to have run out. The cider was Thatcher’s Gold. There was also the biggest bottle of rosé wine I’ve ever seen behind the bar.

On 13th February 2012 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Lion

Difficult-to-find corner local in deepest darkest Clifton. Beer-wise: one ale on my visit (Bath Gem) served well enough. I think there may have been a real cider too. The bar staff didn't seem overly keen on serving though, our presence appeared to be a bit of a distraction from something (who knows what?). Looks like the place has had a refurb recently, it all felt quite new inside. The interior is stripped wood and sparse-feeling; Boho-modernism which I suppose fits in with the yuppiness of the area. Nothing to make me come back in a hurry but OK if you live locally, I guess.

On 8th March 2009 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Clifton Down, 1.29 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.87 miles, 36 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Lion, Bristol
22nd Oct 2017, 17:36
Review submitted by Alan Winfield
15th Oct 2017, 19:09
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  • Car Park : No last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 March 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 28 September 2013 by Quinno _
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