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Red Lion and Pineapple, Acton

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Popped in for a meal but the beer was poor so I didn't bother ordering. I'd already taken one beer back, tried a sample of another but that was no good either, tried a sample of a third Thornbridge Jaipur which seemed OK at first so I had a pint but later realised it was not good at all, left half of it and left the pub. It's in the good beer guide for some reason which means good beer all the time and not just when they know the local CAMRA are visiting.
Tom_Turd - 9 Aug 2019 10:32
Your average Wetherspoons - i.e 4 people behind the bar busy with other tasks as opposed to serving people waiting. The 'manager' seems to think interrupting the staff who actually are serving so he can admonish them is perfectly acceptable rather than the ignorance it actually is. The customer certainly doesn't come first in this establishment which is a shame as the ale was okay.
Snarling_Mallard - 25 Jan 2014 12:46
avoid at all costs in the morning full of alcos in looking for their morning fix ok in the afternoon and
star_man - 13 Jul 2013 22:58
Ah, wish I'd come here when Fuller's had it. McSpoons have yet again managed to destroy virtually all atmosphere from what should be a landmark palace. Still being an ex-proper pub it manages a vestigial character, unlike most of the chain.
curioushistory - 28 Nov 2012 22:40
great roast for a Spoonneo.....as always a great price complemented by a good tasting ale. but would'nt be eating it every sunday. no way.
sundayroastie - 24 Oct 2012 17:13
had no problems in getting served in here on a rather packed saturday afternoon recently. beer was fine and staff friendly enough. mixed bunch of locals and would visit again.
ng10 - 9 Aug 2012 14:49
judgeing by the bar staffs attitude anyone would think it was costing them money every time i go in, it is costing me money remember that and everything will be ok, it is only acton who the hell do you think you are?
formworker123 - 7 Aug 2012 16:12
Tried to get a pint today to no avail. Plenty of staff when i entered all serving.
No aknowledgment from the manager serving in front of me . I could see they were all busy. I also knew I was the next person to be served by the next available member of staff, only trouble was none of them knew that. I can only
assume, they thought because i was directly in front of their manager I was been taken care of ? Whilst they went on to serve customers i still waited to be even aknowledged. Eventually the manager asked if he could help I asked sarcastically if I could have a pint of guinness he aknowledged i was been sarcastic and explained he didn't have to serve me so i left. They obviously have enough custom, for them not to offer service.
jopatdo - 10 Jun 2012 19:29
not a bad pub this at all.only decent pub in acton, i hope it lasts
formworker123 - 20 May 2012 12:27
The Red Lion & Pineapple had a far nicer atmosphere than the Central Bar in Shepherd's Bush. But unfortunately, service was lacking. What I assume to be the bar manager served somebody and then disappeared off around the pub collecting glasses, when there were still people waiting. The other 2 staff were both busy serving large rounds. In the end, I had to wait a good 5 minutes for him to return, deposit the glasses and the finally offer service. The pub was by no means busy, despite the Wetherspoons festival that was on. Beers were Vasileostrovsky Imperial Russian Stout, Greene King Libertine, Hilden Scullion's Irish Ale, Wadworth Swordfish, Caledonian Coffee Porter, Courage Directors & Thwaites Logan's Run. Ciders were Westons Old Rosie & Sandford Orchards Fanny Bramble, plus Broadoak Perry. Still a pleasant pub, despite the poor service.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Mar 2012 11:08
it's 'spoons so never going to set the world on fire. But the beer is consistently very good. I've hardly ever had to take a pint back and if required it's changed without too much fuss. I admire their policy of supporting a wide range of micro-brewers in addition to Greedy King and the other larger ale makers. And £2.05 a pint or £2.20 for 5%+ ABV is pretty darn good in cash-strapped 2012.

The atmosphere is not brilliant, nor is it bad. Never seen any trouble in 10 years. Most people keep themselves to themselves.
FieryJack - 18 Jan 2012 14:41
In on Wednesday 4th for a couple of quiet jars. The 'Pale Rider' (Kelham Island, Sheffield) was excellent. Bar was reasonably busy but the Staff were well on top.
mch1907 - 6 Jan 2012 19:54
Not too bad, and on a nice day you can sit in the fairly spacious beer garden, although it is noisy and polluted with traffic.
The beer is decent and nicely priced.....staff are good, must be a top manager.
Brewskiman - 28 Oct 2011 12:18
Doesn't let the Wetherspoon's side down too badly.
Beer OK and service good despite there being busy.

Don't expect to meet the love of your life there though...unless 80 year Actonites are your type.
papamike - 30 Jun 2011 19:52
No were near Sir Michael's in Ealing, service here is poor and the ales are badly kept........not good at all
rogersmith - 26 Jun 2011 12:55
Like to last poster said a fairly bog standard spoons. It does exactly what it says on the tin however ast time I visited it didnt. The first beer I asked for was not ready, my next 2 choices ran out mid pour leaving me a choice of 1 Beer. Admitedly the pint was really good but I wouldnt have had much choice if it hadnt.

Now onto more romantic matters. When this pub was the Red Lion (no Pineapple in the title) back in the day it was the pub where my Missus's parents had their first date....aaaahhhh. . . . .the rest as they say is history! ! ! ! ! !
BeerGutt - 17 Jun 2011 13:43
Despite the interesting name (I was told it came about because at one time there were two pubs here that were knocked together), it's a fairly bog-standard Wetherspoon's. They're good at what they do (and the staff in here now seem at last to have got the hang of getting food orders right) but you're unlikely to have a memorable night in here.
ianfromacton - 5 Feb 2010 19:40
A wide range of well kept real ales at £1.69 a pint. Who's complaining? OK, so it's Wetherspoons and atmosphere won't ever be in huge supply. And though I see another correspondent plainly disagrees, personally I find their staff really helpful and polite. I've never waited more than 2-3 mins for a pint. Plus you can always get a taster if you ask.

It's Acton so it will never be a great night out. Acton's a bit of a dead zone unless you are Antipodean aged under 35. But what this pub does very well is provide a decent pint. Wished I went in when they had Yellowhammer.
FieryJack - 29 Nov 2009 22:56
I wasn't expecting much, as it's a 'Spoons and I've had some awful experiences with them, but it's not all that bad. It's HUGE, so there's not a lot of atmosphere; on the other hand we got served quickly and found seats easily at 7:30 on a Friday night. Yellowhammer (a golden beer) and Ruddles were in decent nick and surprisingly cheap; I can't remember the last time I got change out of a fiver for two pints. Nobody short changed me and nobody tried to start a fight. I think I still prefer the King's Head over the road but the Red Lion seems OK for the occasional change of scenery
Royed - 11 Oct 2009 19:02
This place has nine hand pumps and there were six different ales on during my visit alongside a large selection of Standard lagers. It is a very big pub with a large island bar and a separate dining area towards the rear. There are a couple of plasma screens and the Arsenal Champions League game was being advertised, although this was on ITV and being a Wetherspoons Iíd imagine there is no Sky Sports.

The pub is on a busy corner, but there is a reasonably sized paved beer garden at the rear for the smokers.

This is a usual Spoons affair and I wouldnít make an effort to return.
Strongers - 9 Apr 2009 06:48
Being renamed as The Red Lion and Pikey
weston - 29 Jan 2009 16:38
waited nearly 15mins to get served, then the barmaid spoke to the bloke next to me in polish i think, and somehow he got his 3 drinks before we got our 2. no service with a smile in this pub.
rubbish service, rubbish barstaff =rubbish pub.
cheap but NOT cheerful.
plenty other good pubs in the area, avoid this 1 at all costs.
kathysbadlisp - 3 Aug 2008 18:53
I've visited this Pub almost every time I've been to london. I've never been short-changed, very rarely had a bad pint, and ALWAYS had good food and enjoyed myself. Granted, the queues at the Bar can get a bit long, but apart from that, it's a good place to go. Good selection of real ales, as with all Wetherspoons establishments.
beerface - 17 Mar 2008 13:42
Can get real packed in here at the weekends, seating is a struggle to find unless you get there before 7pm and buying drinks can take you a while at times. Otherwise a very nice pub, super cheap drink prices, good food (I like my Wetherspoons grub!!!) and a decent atmosphere.
MystiKaL - 16 Apr 2007 16:24
I have visited this pub twice in the past month and both times felt quite insulted.
The first time my friends and I were at a loss for adequate seating space, so retired to the garden. It was a chilly night and at least 15 people had taken the same seating option as we had. Suddenly, my good friend had an epiphany. Why don't we ask the nice barstaff if they could turn on the patio heaters.
Why not? Here's why not.
The first one suggested we use a lighter. hardly a safe option.
one stared blankly as though trying to work out the optical illusion in a sunday supplement.
One had the decency to merely insult us with a sarcastic comment (in plain english, thank god!)
Eventually I came across a young gentleman who seemed to get where I was coming from and said he would see what he could do. I didn't see him for the rest of the night.
obviously this level of service was beyond the as yet invisible manager's tolerance and the young man was cast out before he could cause any more trouble.

The Courage Best was in need of some TLC. any other slightly interesting ale tasted like it had been in the pipes for weeks.

anonymous - 11 Mar 2007 03:19
24 februry 2007
Do not go to The Red Lion Bar!
Before an incident what I suffered an incident there I believed it is a good place but I have changed my mind.
I just ordered 1 and half pint of fosters, for this I had to wait about 15 minutes and I paid by a 10 pounds note. I gave the money to the bar girl and after she was looking for something in the cash machine, I donít know what she was doing there, then disappeared to the office of Bar or changing room, I donít know what kind of room. I thought she just went to bring me some change but 10 minutes later I realized she donít want to give back my money. After this I complained about this the other staffs to ask to speak to the manager, they alleged the manager isnít there. (Saturday night, I canít believe it. It was a lie.) I asked the managerís phone number but they didnít want to hear it. 15 minutes after my payment the bargirl appeared from the office, she was asked to give back my change but she alleged that she has given my change and I think she was confused about her action, she started to speak Polish. We asked to stop it and speak English because we donít understand her language. I explained her I was waiting for my change for more than 10 minutes and she hasnít give me any change and if it is her business to steal money from customers I can be very sorry about her pauperism and I asked her donít see me stupid and drunk and give me back my money as soon as possible, otherwise Iíll call the police. I told her there are plenty of CCTV camera, I am sure one of them recorded our unfinished transaction. It is absolutely not problem to prove my truth.
After this sentences she disappeared without one word to the same office room where she hidden herself after my payment. In 30 second she gave me my money. She didnít say sorry or something else, I felt myself uncomfortable about this. It was very interesting she knew very exactly the amount and after I was thinking what was she doing in the cash machine after my payment and why did she disappear after this to the office? I think she brought the stolen money to her place where she collects them. She wasnít busy at al to take mistake. How many times does she do this action in one day? Why does she do this by some pounds and so primitively? In my opinion in this pub not just this girl does this action, I think other staffs may do the same because when I first time told them this they didnít seem surprised. I think it is a daily routine for them.
BUT IT IS SO PRIMITIVELY! I HATE WHEN SOMEBODY SEE ME STUPID!!
DO NOT GO TO THE RED LION BAR!!!!

anonymous - 25 Feb 2007 10:29
This place is hilarious! A good advert for going teetotal unless you want to drink with 50 year old down and outs who look 75. Stay in there for long and you're guaranteed to have a punch up with a bloke called Archie who will then profess to be your best pal and drink with you for the rest of the night before fighting you again as you try and leave.

Not many places in London where you can get such cheap booze though which may explain why old soaks amble in like zombies from Dawn of the Dead.


Illoyd - 2 Nov 2006 17:42
A good bet for some proper beers, but what you gain in selection you inevitably lose in music. Good place to go for a quiet drink, it's a huge venue, so it rarely feels crowded.

I do wish they'd hire some more bar staff, though.
ye73812 - 17 Oct 2006 22:21
(Quote) You have to mingle with the old blokes that have been there since lunchtime - but they are harmless (and quite funny)... from loulou007 - 12 Apr 2006 12:21(Quote)

most of these old blokes have been there from when its opened at 9:30!! i used to walk past it on my way to school and on a number of occasions i saw the old blokes waiting for it to open. i walked past at 8:15(ish) and at that point it opened at about 11:30!
moomin86 - 18 Sep 2006 20:30
Typical Weatherspoons with good choice of real ale, foreign beers and cider. Adequate food. Interesting circular bar in the middle of the pub.

Its a shame the service can be hit or miss.
andy.c - 30 May 2006 17:45
Very Nice Spoons pub.

Large Round shaped bar,Cheap Drinks but slow service when visited.

Gr8 selection of ale,foreign lagers on tap also a generous 5 ciders on tap too!

Nice Patio area outside, and not bad clientel.

My Rating 7/10


fat_beer_badger - 2 May 2006 14:09
I like this pub. Despite it being a Weatherspoons its a good place to have a cheap! drink after work.
You have to mingle with the old blokes that have been there since lunchtime - but they are harmless (and quite funny)...

loulou007 - 12 Apr 2006 12:21
Typical Weatherspoons pub - big, brash, cheap and cheerful. Beer and food are adequate and Sunday roast will fill you up till Tuesday. Low beer prices make up for slow service from the rare and endangered barmen. Lots of sportswear and mentals in here.
abacus3 - 31 Jan 2006 11:55
If you know what a weatherspoons is like you will be disappointed. It is cheap but I have always found a pretty bad atmosphere created by the time it takes to get served just getting peoples backs up.
pedwjk - 28 Dec 2005 16:54
Thus near-24-hour drinking comes to sleepy (and now predominantly hung-over) Acton. The question arises of whether, if one availed onself of the full extent of opening time (in this case from nine a.m. daily including Sundays, and sometimes way beyond 11 at night), one might be charged council-tax here rather than at one's home. This assuming that, having availed oneself etc. etc., one could remember where one's home was.
pauldanon - 4 Dec 2005 17:27
The Wetherspoon's formula works here too. You know what you're getting and it's pretty good. Nice to get change out of a note when you buy drinks for three people. Staff are sometimes scarce and there are anguished looks on patrons' faces as they try to get served. Try taking a pretty daughter or handsome son to attract their attention. The under-age-admissions policy is a bit draconian. A 17-year-old would have to leave in the early evening. Pity since there's a nice, smokeless area which is ideal for eating.
pauldanon - 9 Nov 2005 13:48
Decent large pub with typical Weatherspoon features. Non smoking area and pleasant (heated) garden area. Good mix of people & usually quite busy.
garbus - 9 Sep 2005 15:43
The food here really is great,also bought 2 double Jim Beams and coke and a pint and got change from a fiver. The crowd are nice and friendly, only sometimes there needs to be more of an age balance rather than just the hardcore pensioners and the teenagers. Overall a good pub
bub - 1 Sep 2005 16:22
Definite theme emerging here...Go during the day. If you can handle the great smell of Brut and having to nudge a septagenarian from the bar to get served, it is a pleasant way to while away a hour or two. Does cheapness as only Wetherspoons can, and the food is really not bad at all, for the prices.
Fills up with the usual Acton crowd on a weekend, but interestingly, they seem to merge in with the aforementioned clientele rather swimmingly.
anonymous - 26 Nov 2004 13:56
A pleasant Wetherspoons, I can imagine it gets very busy at the weekend. But I went for the curry night on Thursday and enjoyed it as it was fairly quiet.

The food was good, it was cheap, and above all I enjoyed leaving the pub (after sitting in the non-smoking area) not smelling of smoke.
Chantil - 22 Nov 2004 11:58
Good large pub. Great prices, great choice of beer.
Freddy - 14 Oct 2004 19:08
This pub is well run and well organised with a nice garden. Prices are LOW and thats its only downfall really, low prices tend to bring a lonely old men...
Its certainly the cheapest place to drink in Acton, and has a certain quality with it, if especially if you pick a non-busy time. On Friday nights its hell.
Mark - 31 Jul 2004 18:04
one of the better standard wetherspoons. plenty of nice talkative people - probably as its over the road from the redback (a massive aussie bar). nice and light. you can also sit outside. its an ok place.
stoichkov - 10 Jun 2004 15:00
Ripper, loved it here.
Ali Haines - 16 May 2004 20:57
Fantastic pub - great service and friendly atmoshpere. Perfect for a relaxing drink.
polohead - 30 Apr 2004 11:49
Great value, nice staff, civilized customers, but I did see it Sunday morning.
Sean - 15 Dec 2003 11:46
cheap. dreary. takes close to forever to get served. bad vibes (a la Hunter S. Thompson). Shame it's innevitably the first pub I come to when leaving my house. Bottles of (offer) wine particularly good value.
Robin - 17 Oct 2003 10:36
Decent during the day and early evening. Rubbish at night, crap staff.
John - 22 Aug 2003 23:23
Good place to go for cheap drinks before The Redback Tavern which is just over the road.
Kirsty - 24 Mar 2003 20:30

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