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Tasty boozer for sports lovers and GK discount vouchers.
Helpful bar staff in this busy typical London which is always good for a few scoops.

Love the miserable Goner supporter who shouts at the box when the Arse play.

Owen the porn star yah yah...............six if you include the missus
Lindacfs44 - 6 Nov 2018 17:07
Popped in for a couple on Sunday afternoon. Had well kept pints of Truman's Runner and Hackney Best. Good to see a chain pub supporting local microbreweries! Nice traditional and cosy interior and clean toilets. Could have lived without the TV showing football, especially as there was music playing as well. Worth popping in for a couple if you're in the area.
mannyowar - 3 Feb 2014 10:47
Terrible on all counts. I arranged a private booking of the function room at this pub. I visited the pub a week before the event, a colleague visited a few days before the event. Everything was agreed: our group would have exclusive use of the function room for two hours. When we arrived, they weren't ready for us even though it was after the agreed time. Thge two people from another group showed up. We told them we'd hired the room for our group. they told us they'd hired it for their group. The room had been double booked and was far too small for both groups to use. The attitude of the staff in trying to resolve this problem was appalling. They did not apologise and did not offer any kind of solution. We ended up at the Flying Horse pub in Wilson Street, just up the road from this one. At no notice at all, they let us use their function room for free. We love the Flying Horse. The Red Lion showed a dismal lack of professionalism in every way. Avoid!
flippyflop - 12 Jul 2013 12:57
Popular and traditional street corner pub just off Moorgate. The beer range was Bath Gem, Directors, Pedigree, Youngs London Gold and Sharp's Doom Bar on my Thursday visit. The bar was decorated with large flags of World Cup competing nations, something which I found a little unnecessary. There were only 3 tables that I could see, and all seating was on stools. A single TV was showing Sky Sports News. There was a games machine in one corner. The snob screens are a nice feature and I particularly enjoyed the dim lighting which made for a pleasant ambience. All too often, lighting in pubs is far too harsh these days. I'm sure I've visited this pub before at a weekend, as it's one of the very few open outside the working week. I'll probably be back again some time.
blue_scrumpy - 22 May 2010 13:00
Was pleasantly surprised to find an open pub in the city on a Saturday. Popped in for a couple of what turned out to be very well kept pints (Buttcombe and Doombar). I'll definitely be back.
deluxejellyfish - 6 Mar 2010 20:06
Really nice traditional pub (especially for this area). Relaxed atmosphere. well kept beers and I'll definitely be back when I'm next in the area.
TEL3 - 30 Oct 2009 19:40
This is a typical example of a small London boozer with an additional bar upstairs that I did not visit. I found the barman to be nice enough and my Guinness was well served. Butcombe, Greene king IPA, Deuchars and Pride were all available during my visit, but the Bombardier was off.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit here again.
Strongers - 27 Sep 2009 23:07
Pretty bog-standard side street archetypal City pub close to Liverpool Street Station.

There's a reasonably traditional feel to the place, helped by some reproduction snob screens that divide the floor area up into different areas. There's also an upstairs bar, open at busy times.

My visit was noteworthy only for a distinctly average pint of Deuchars IPA - £ 2.90p - and for being served by a ginger haired barman, who had a somewhat offhand and disinterested manner, even by the standards of London pub staff.

It's in the Spirit Group stable. Other beers on were Pride, Bombardier and the ubiquitous Greene King IPA.

I've had good reports of this pub from work colleagues, so I'm expecting a much better all round experience if I decide to drop in again
JohnBonser - 19 Jun 2009 13:00
Close to Liverpool Street, serving a selection of five ales from Brewers such as Fullers. Beer is well kept
ahscum - 19 Jul 2008 16:01
Not too bad for a City pub, with a ratio of after-work customers to space available marginally less than one. Nice pint of Adnams.
rpadam - 30 Jan 2008 20:03
One of my worst lunch experiences in recent times, although you don't tend to go to pubs for a non-alcoholic lunch that often, I don't drink during work hours. This pub is part of a chain so I expected the food quality to be similar to others in the same chain. The service was ok, got served almost straight away but it wasn't busy anyway. We ordered a burger and nachos. We waited 25 minutes. The burger was overcooked and dry with some very limp attempt at salad and overcooked chips. The nachos, half of them were burnt, they were barbecue flavour chips and came with a tiny dollop (about 2 tablespoons size) of mayo and the same of guacamole, along with half a tomato and red onion roughly chopped and a bit of melted cheese about 2 inches in diameter, all placed to one side on the nachos in order presumably to cover up as many of the burnt ones as possible. Nothing really approaching what you'd expect of an order of nachos. Won't be visiting the Red Lion again as there are loads of other options in the City area.
vertigo_bfc - 25 Jan 2008 18:11
A nice pub. Service a good but boring selection of real ales. Th epint I had was good and not bad for a City local. Worth a visit if close to Liverpool Street.
TheHorsesMouth - 16 Jul 2007 14:38
This is a good one but quite small so sometimes gets very crowded. It's a place where I feel comfortable spending the entire evening which is unusual for this area
murgatroyd - 11 Feb 2007 10:17
I have to give the red lion 10 out of 10, as its been my regular haunt for the last four years, and mary (the manager) would kill me if I didn't. Its a good solid blokes boozer (city blokes that is) the fosters is always cold,the food aint bad, and you get some nice totty in on a friday. nuf said
raineeh - 16 Sep 2006 07:19
Quality of Bombadier poor last night.
Darren_in_the_City - 19 May 2006 11:31
This is a comfortable, if somewhat 'down at the heel' city boozer. The ales are reliable, particularly the frequently changing guests. If anyone suggests ABO-ing or JDW-ing this place shoot to kill. I love this pub.
Moose58 - 1 Mar 2006 17:30
Go upstairs. It is excellent up there.
anonymous - 26 Jan 2006 17:47
Don't like the atmosphere in this place at all, and the beers are only average so I'd avoid if I were you.
anonymous - 4 Jan 2006 14:18
Warning: Coppers have leaving do's in this pub.
Dr_Cirrohsis - 14 Jun 2005 11:25
Excellent for a swift pint ...well worth a visit
W980501 - 6 Jun 2005 14:22
nice pleasant little pub - good choice of ale, refreshing change from the bland boring chain's that dominate this area.
moclips2002 - 22 Apr 2005 12:50
Great place to stumble into on the way to Moorgate from the Broadgate area. The Bombadier is always pretty good, though the barstaff don't alweays have the best English so getting served can be a little protracted. Gets a bit full of builders on occasion who can be a bit loud & sweary, but never any trouble.
Mr Lash - 27 Sep 2004 13:46
A good place to watch everyone hurry past. Always a nice drop of Bombadier. Lovely looking pub from the outside, thankfully overlooked by the Luftwaffe.
PieFace - 27 Sep 2004 13:42
a nice place for a quick pint. I would recomend upstairs if you can get a table for a quick pub bite. Not a great place to meet women - but a great place to go for a lunchtime drink.
Alex - 17 Aug 2004 15:37
The Directors here is exellent (when its on). Good atmosphere. Very enjoyable for a lunchtime pint.
Robin - 11 Aug 2004 15:50
Basic City drinking hole. 3 regular real ales plus a guest beer. Good for a qick pint in the City. Handy for Liverpool Street station.
Rodders - 12 Mar 2004 14:40
This has to be one of the smallest downstairs bars in the city of London.
jamie - 27 Oct 2003 16:55

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