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First stop in Watford yesterday morning was the White Lion. I agree with the previous review. Although, the Woodforde's Wherry appeared to be on better form. There were also a couple of guest ales - Fuller's London Pride & Tring Moongazing. I had the latter, which was acceptable. The site of staff chopping up carrots and potatoes in the bar was a little strange. But, it was fairly friendly and we were offered some complimentary sandwiches. A reasonable option near Watford Junction station.
blue_scrumpy - 10 Feb 2019 11:16
One of the few establishments in Watford that still seems like a pub - unfortunately the ale (Wherry) was dire.
Snarling_Mallard - 20 Feb 2016 22:44
Revisited last night and my favourable impressions were confirmed. Good pint of Wherry, a lively but good-natured karaoke and traditional if run-down public bar. Oh, and I quite fancy the barmaid. I still think it's the bet pub in Watford.
Number11 - 5 Sep 2015 13:56
In my quest to visit every pub in Hertfordshire, the experience of "doing" Watford was at times dispiriting. Snarling bouncers, putrid bitter, brain-shattering music, and moronic drinkers. The White Lion was the last pub I visited and by chance I'd have to say this was probably the best drinker's pub in the town. Only a couple of real ales were on but the Woodforde Wherry was excellent, the barlady had a sense of humour, there was a nice local clientele, and the women's footy was on the telly at a discreet volume. Nice beer garden at the back, and plenty of cosy nooks and crannies. A bit away from the centre, but definitely worth a visit if you're a connoisseur of proper town pubs.
Number11 - 5 Jul 2015 23:07
For some reason, the google maps link to this pub goes to Soissons in northern France.
Ruby - 1 Aug 2012 14:16
Very traditional local with 3 ales including Black Sheep Bitter. Felt too 'local' to me but still worth a visit. If you want a mini ale route. Start as Cross/Nascot and come here before heading into town.
busker999 - 6 Jun 2012 20:24
Emphasise previous comments - felt very much like a traditional local, and looks like some of the furniture etc has been there since the 70s.

Four ales on tap - toss up between the Woodforde Wherry and Marshmellow, and ended up going for the former, which was fine and around 3 for a pint.

One screen on showing football and a very random sing-a-long session going on in the corner.

A decent locals' pub which is so rare given its location close to the station and town centre.
duchyjim - 20 Dec 2011 22:42
Currently visiting a pub at every station on London Overground. Did this pub for Watford Junction. A very nice locals pub. Friendly staff and beer in good condition, if unspectacular choice. worth a visit if passing.
hillzy - 7 Jun 2011 22:03
great little pub with good priceed real ale and beer garden and they have music on sat nights much better than the horns and cheeper to, well done landlord
marc1013 - 26 Jul 2010 22:15
Pipes could do with a bit of a clean but this is one of the better pubs in Watford.
anonymous - 18 Apr 2007 18:53
Nice traditional local. Had London Pride, Courage Best, Abbat Ale and the 'guest' was GK IPA when I visited. Ale probably not as good as in the nearby Southern Cross, but not bad.

Food served from a hatch in the left corner, fairly good, decent value.

Pool tables, friendly service, my only problem was that it was ver smokey ..... roll on the ban!
dyyony - 16 Apr 2007 15:36
This is a great traditional pub. The decor might not have changed since 1975 but it's a friendly old fashioned boozer with decent staff and a good landlord. Surprisingly, there is also a lot of decent live music on a saturday night.
The beers not top notch but it's better than most in Watford and it isn't too expensive. There's a fairly decent selection of Bitters..
anonymous - 29 Mar 2007 17:47
If there's a pub in Watford with more Christmas decorations than the White Lion I am grateful for not having been subjected to it. Not a criticism, just an observation.
Millay - 23 Dec 2006 12:02
Welcoming staff, friendly atmosphere and good selection of ales. I walk past 4 pubs to get here and I consider it my 'local' (Verulam, Wishing Well, Dunnings and Champions)
prof_plum - 15 Nov 2006 12:55
Watfords best kept seceret!!!

Lovely pub!
summer - 23 Aug 2005 13:55
A locals pub with a good selection of lagers and ales 4 Hand pumps. 2 bars Conservatrie good home cooked food lunchtimes very welcoming has pool table dart board in public bar juke box (ot on to loud) coal effect fire in lounge.
Michael Jones - 20 Jan 2005 10:15

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