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Golden Lion, Romford - pub details

Golden Lion

Address: 2 High Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1HR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13057) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Romford (0.3 miles), Gidea Park (1.3 miles), Emerson Park (1.9 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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Was one of the 4 people queuing up to get in the Golden Lion on Saturday morning at 11am! This is an old pub that does feel fairly ancient. It's amazing it still stands in the centre of Romford. The interior is rather dark. But there are plenty of different drinking areas and lots of seating. The ale selection is large. But they are all fairly common national ales, with little originality - Greene King Abbot, Theakston Old Peculier, Courage Directors, Brains The Rev James, Sharps Doom Bar, Ruddles County, Wells Bombardier & Fullers London Pride. They also had Westons Old Rosie, or so it seemed. This ran out before a glass full could be poured - amazing that this should happen 2 minutes after opening. There was no offer to check if it could be replaced. I resorted to Ruddles County and wish I hadn't. Nice pub, but poor quality ales.
blue_scrumpy - 18 May 2015 18:26
Well based on the reviews on this site we popped in here for what promised to be the 'best pub in romford'... well the British disease is alive and kicking in guy on the bar- didn't even acknowledge our existence and he was only serving one other bloke! 5 mins later still nothing then he pops round the other side of the bar to chat to some mates- if he had just said 'ok - be there in a min'..might have kept us there- but we walked out. Not good enough. Anyway I'll give it a two because at least there weren't hooligans kicking off as in rest of Romford...couple of ales and TV screens and lots of dejected middle age men.....nice...
alezilla - 19 Apr 2014 12:45
Not a bad pub which makes it probably the best in Romford. A nice change from the meat markets on the main road. Nice beers! 7/10
zabadak - 16 Nov 2013 21:34
A very decent range of cask ales featured Sharps Doombar/Adnams broadside/GK IPA/Theakston Old Peculier/Thwaites Wainwright. My pint of broadside was spot on, as was the friendly service. A lovely interior makes for a relaxing afternoon pint. 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 23 Feb 2012 16:22
I'm extremely proud to say that I grew up with the Lion as my first 'local.'

The Lion cradled me gently through my early youth and saw me confidently step into manhood. Like many, this was the place where I cut my 'beer' teeth and spent many a happy drunken night in my teens with college friends. In the late 80's/early 90's, the Lion was one of the finest bastions of student drinking in Romford. Friday nights were always organised around the Lion, often followed by the Cellar Bar for some sweaty Indie music.

The history of this place is pouring out of the walls and ceiling. If it could talk, 'Le Lion' could tell some spell-binding stories dating back nearly six hundred years. It was a stop off point for Royalty on the road to Colchester, Sir Francis Bacon drank there and may have penned a theory or two, and even local Romfordian and legendary reporter Roy Weal drank here regularly (all Lion regulars knew Roy - the brass plaque much like Roy himself, is unassuming and perched over the bar in the spot where he sat, on a stool at the end, watching the clientele come and go).

To me, the Lion is a bit like a favourite old leather jacket that you just can't bring yourself to throw away. Yes, it's a bit tatty in places, a bit worn out with little rips and unusual smells here and there; but there are colourful marks and stains which make it individual, and most importantly more than any other pub or bar in Romford, unique.

And in this market town with it's reputation for white stilettos, Tango fake tan and unnatural bleached teeth, God knows that Essex needs a bit of 'uniqueness.'

Viva Le Lion!
romfromromf - 29 Aug 2011 15:26

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