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The Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard Central, Leighton Buzzard

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20 High Street
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 1EA
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Gill Smith left this review about The Black Lion

Enjoyed our visit to this friendly 2019 Good Beer Guide pub entry where we found plenty of cask ales on offer. Elgoods Mortal Wombat and Cambridge Bitter, Nethergate Eons Milk Stout and Suffolk County, Butcombe Gold, Oakham Bishops Finger, Black Country BFG and Bass. If that is not enough choice over 100 bottled beers both British and Continental.

On 18th February 2019 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about The Black Lion

This place consists of a single room with a wooden floor and a peninsula bar. It's been more than well described below. It was packed on my early Thursday evening visit.
The eight hand pumps had North Cotswold Tumbling Jack, Beartown Black Bear, Nethergate Five Rifles Red, Lincoln Green Hood, Windmill Deckhand, Partners Stout & About, Bass and Oakham Bishops Farewell. Sadly as noted below nothing from any local microbreweries. I went for the Bishops Farewell (£3.50) which was in good nick.
I thought this was a good pub but not a great one.

On 4th December 2017 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Black Lion

ORIGINAL REVIEW Feb 2014.
Purchased by the owners of the award winning Merchants in Rugby,this pub reopened in January after a sympathetic refurb creating a wonderful ale house.The building dates from 1500,with a Georgian frontage and the interior has a low ceiling and many impressive beams.The bar is situated in the middle,to the left there are three levels,each with some high tables and chairs,a darts board and a flat screen which is rarely used,there are many sports bars in town for those that want that sort of thing.To the right there is traditional furniture,a real fireplace and a section which winds behind the bar,with access to a large and impressive beer garden.Breweriana is dotted around the walls. No muzak or machines,just the hubub of conversation from an appreciative audience.
There are eight handpumps with three regulars Adnams Southwold Bitter,Bass and Oakham Citra (£3,well kept).The five guests will normally include at least two dark ales,often a MILD and a porter,and will also feature a range of strenghts.Many award winning microbrewers will be represented at the bar.My Titanic Plum Porter and XT 5 were real stars.There is also a selection of 8 ciders,a solid wine list and a menu of bottled Belgian beers.
The service is terrific,friendly and knowledgeable,and although the pub has only been open in it's current guise since mid January, it has already attracted a wide range of drinkers with a wide range of ages.
Leighton Buzzard has been crying out for a decent real ale pub for decades,and the Black Lion delivers in spades.I am sure it will get GBG recognition and in time many awards just like it's sister pub the Merchants.It is head and shoulders above the other boozers in town,a real must visit .I can't wait for my next trip in here.

UPDATE

A revisit found a rather mundane real ale selection apart from an excellent Oakham Bishops Farewell (therefore three pint test completed) and a decent Bass.I've tempered my enthusiasm and knocked two points off.It's still very good ,but maybe doesnt need to try too hard now that it's firmly on the town crawl scene.

On 25th November 2015 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Graham Mason
Leighton Buzzard, 0.66 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Cheddington, 4.8 miles, 1 hr 32 min walk (show)
Fenny Stratford, 7.54 miles, 2 hr 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard
18th Feb 2019, 20:47
Review submitted by Gill Smith
 
4th Dec 2017, 11:03
Review submitted by Aqualung .

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 21 February 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 21 February 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 March 2016 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 October 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 02 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 February 2014 by ROB Camra
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