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Pleasant enough GBG pub, but either seriously overpriced (looking at the food) or I was overcharged, no price list on display to verify. Won't be going back.
ellisref - 16 Feb 2019 10:13
Really good boozer - both modern feel and traditional feel - decorated to a high standard.

Central bar splits a front bar and a back lounge.

Bathams amongst the beers on.


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Mappiman - 10 Aug 2018 12:57
The Red Lion was our final call of the day. It's a traditional, but small establishment. We chose to sit in the public bar at the front. 4 ales were on - Penpont Creation, Morton Monkey Hornby, Bathams Best Bitter & Moorhouses Lap Prancer. There were no real ciders. Although they may serve Thatchers ciders in the summer months. Nice pub, but not quite as good as the Black Eagle or the Lord Clifden.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Dec 2013 20:14
Just a short walk from Jewellery Quarter station this is a fine little boozer with a proper public bar at the front and a larger lounge bar at the rear. Good range of beers with Bathams being one of my all-time favourites (not cheap though at £3.70 a pint). They do food - from snacks to full meals and it looked good though it didn't try it. TV was quiet and banter was the order of the day. well worth a visit for the beer and the genuine atmosphere.
mcroyal - 28 Oct 2013 17:13
A fantastic little boozer! Great range of ales, the Bathams being particularly good. Food is excellent, I can recommend the cajun chicken panini and burgers. Nice, compact beer garden too.
jules1974 - 6 Aug 2013 15:20
Proper boozers pub despite being very smart with top quality food. Well worth a visit, beers good especially the Bathams.
brianthelion - 4 Jun 2013 16:25
superb pub.

Despite the insistence of the Red Lion to call itself an Art Venue and Bar, aside from a big pop art print in the bar area, it is just a normal pub, a very good normal pub.

staff were really friendly and attentive, the beers were excellent ('batemans best' is one of the best pints ive had in recent times).

food was really good, although slow to come out.

the atmosphere was good, and lively and young on a saturday afternoon.

along with the villa rose, this another must visit again pub, when doing a crawl of the Jewellery Qt.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 19 Nov 2012 10:56
Good pub, has Budvar Yeast which was tasty. A good choice if in the Jewellry Quarter.
jjsint - 16 Nov 2012 14:19
I really like this pub. It's rare you get such a local feeling in a city centre (just about) pub, but this place manages it. The beer's fine, the burgers are justifiably legendary. My only qualm is the noise - would it be too much to have one room without a TV? - and not being able to get a table most of the time. If the outside area was part of the back room it would be nigh-on perfect.
djw - 30 May 2012 22:59
All I can review is what I see on the day of my visit and on that day the pub was spotless. Unluckily my guide dog is a rottweiler and we know where you live!! Take care only joking and totally agree with your other postings on the pubs nearby especially the Brown Lion comment. Cheers
brianthelion - 22 Apr 2012 23:56
I'd have to agree with the "unfriendly staff" comment earlier. The person who thinks the place is clean must have visited with their guide dog though!
trebor6 - 13 Apr 2012 23:25
Proper boozer but in an up to date way. Spotlessly clean, great drinks choice and food but much more of a drinking house than its "sister" pub the Lord Clifden..which is good! Highly recommended.
brianthelion - 29 Mar 2012 16:20
Decent pint of Wadsworth, staff friendly, nice looking building and interior. Would revisit.
Richard49 - 1 Jan 2012 13:49
CatherineElizabeth - 20 Sep 2011 13:03
Unfriendly bar staff...but a great pint of Bathams-just very expensive.
swa - 19 Sep 2011 15:50
Called in Saturday night - TV boxing match at full volume dominated all the rooms . Bathams bitter very expensive at 3.40 and of only average quality.
Decor is ok but not worth a second visit.
covman45 - 3 Jul 2011 18:07
3rd pub on Weekend pub crawl. Good selection of beers includingWye Valey - Butty Bach, Wolf - Howler, Milestone - Home Wrecker & Hardy & Hanson - Mild (Keg). Sat in the rear bar which was comfortable and nice old Banks etched mirrors. Interesting art work in the toilet including the toilet seat!
Beer_Spotter - 22 Dec 2010 00:05
Taken over by Urban Art Bars, but don't let the name put you off, this remains mostly a traditional boozer and is very pleasant. Two rooms served by a central bar, and dim lighting, tiled floor and mirrors to add character. Some modern additions include chandeliers (quite nice) and pop art (not so sure!) Quiet when I visited on Saturday night, most people watching football. Good choice of beers from Midlands brewers including Purity, but I couldn't keep off the Wye Valley Butty Bach, irrestistible! One of the Jewellery Quarter's best.
Carlurmston - 2 Sep 2009 13:17
lovelly pub in the heart of the jewelry quarter,really cosy, food good, pint magic,first time Ive visited the pub but liked the atmosphere so much i will be back,I found this place very smart especially the lights above the bar, which made the place look like the ritz, fascinating really what the designer was thinking at the time, and with the decoration standing out, made it very welcoming.I would also like to point out the staff made me feel like a local, and not an outsider. many thanks
stanlowe - 26 Nov 2008 22:36



uab1 - 1 Oct 2008 22:05

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