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The Red Lion, Ealing Broadway, W5

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
13 St Marys Road
W5
W5 5RA
Phone: 02085672541
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Tris C left this review about The Red Lion

Dating from the early 19th century but probably rebuilt later in the century, this is a pretty Fuller’s pub in an attractive Ealing enclave diagonally opposite Ealing Studios, so it’s no surprise that this was the watering hole for a multitude of stars (see photo) up to and including cast members from Downtown Abbey.
The interior is broadly L-shaped and reassuringly traditional, their website doing the place no favours in that it makes the place look like a gastropub/cocktail bar, which it isn’t. Out front there’s a charming, well-tended verdant drinking area. Inside, there are essentially four sections: the rear is painted wasabi and geared towards dining, the central sections painted burgundy, the front area and bar a dark period green all-round colour scheme, including the Anaglypta ceiling. The floor is dark bare boarded, furniture is traditional with some settles at front, Victorian-style crystal chandeliers, miscellaneous framed prints (many of Ealing comedy posters) and knickknacks, then a very attractive probably original dark wood pot shelf and bar, with embossed metal cornice; customers were mixed, but quite a few students from the adjacent UWL.
A predictable Fuller’s ale line-up, with a King Charles III coronation beer, then Hophead in great nick at £2.70 a half, served by a smiley barmaid.
I thought this was the best of a very decent quartet of pubs in this area and could happily have spent an evening here, but the Fuller's ale range somewhat hamstrings the place.

On 15th May 2023 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about The Red Lion

Traditional Fullers pub largely unchanged since Pub SignMans review below apart from the covid restrictions meaning I had to stay sat where I was put unable to freely wander around. The main front bar is L shaped with a wooden floor, the walls adorned with the aforementioned film memorabilia . Five hand pulls on the bar with a choice of two , Pride and Hophead.
A very nice looking pub but the experience would be much better in more normal times.

On 4th October 2020 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Red Lion

This attractive, traditional Fullers pub is located opposite Ealing film studios, earning it the nickname 'Stage Six' thanks to the many visitors to the pub from the studio's five stages. Happily, the pub seems very proud of this association, so we are treated to a great deal of Ealing Studios memorabilia throughout including lots of photographs and some marvellous old posters for some of those great Ealing comedies. The pub has put a great emphasis on dining, but retains a very nice front bar which seemed ideal for those just wanting a drink. This area has separate doors to the front and side, with the latter sporting an etched glass pane denoting entry to the Saloon. The bar area now forms a single L-shaped space of modest dimensions with a fine curved bar counter with a lovely brass lion's-head rail to the rear right under a dark wood canopy and anglypta-effect bar back. Smart back-to-back pews create cosy seating options under the front windows from which to admire some of the aforementioned photographs, whilst pews and low stools run down the left hand wall including in front of a rather nice tiled fireplace surrounded by more portraits of the stars. The room then extends rearwards through two distinct dining areas with exposed floorboards and plenty of banquette and chair seating in an area dominated by old movie posters. The rearmost section is a small conservatory-style extension with enough space for just one or two more tables before you're ejected out into a nice walled garden with some great old Fullers lamps dotted around the perimeter. There is a good deal of garden furniture and picnic benches out here plus a handsome old Fullers sign, with part of the space under a gazebo and the remainder under a very rickety looking wooden frame that looked like it might collapse at any given moment. There is also a limited bench seating area to the front of the pub and with so many customers opting to eat on this Saturday evening visit, plenty of drinkers were taking advantage of these al-fresco drinking options.
There were three Fullers beers on the handpulls - London Pride, ESB and Oliver's Island - plus a couple of guests in the shape of Butcombe Gold and Bootleg Brewing Contraband. I decided to try the Oliver's Island and seem to recall it being pretty expensive, although I forgot to note the actual price. Thankfully it was in pretty good shape and went down nicely after a walk out here in the sweltering heat.
This is a very nicely presented pub that offers a comfortable and interesting environment for drinkers and diners alike. I thought the bar area and beer garden were both great places to stop for a drink and my only reservations would be the overly food-led feel of the pub plus the cost of a pint. Ultimately, this is one of Fullers' better efforts and a good bet for a quality pint in Ealing.

On 14th June 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Ealing Broadway, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
West Ealing, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Drayton Green, 1.67 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Red Lion, W5
15th May 2023, 19:36
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
9th May 2023, 18:14
Request to add pub to area South Ealing by Tris C rejected, with reason: At submitters request

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 May 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 May 2023 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Function Room : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Live Music : No last updated 15 May 2023 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 May 2023 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 15 May 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 14 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : No last updated 15 May 2023 by Tris C
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