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The Old Red Lion, Staines - pub details

Old Red Lion
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Address: Leacroft, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 4PB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14750) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Staines (0.3 miles), Ashford - Middlesex (1.4 miles), Egham (2.4 miles)

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First of four swift pub visits last night. The Old Red Lion was probably the pick of a distinctly average bunch. Mainly locals inside. 3 mainstream ales were being dispensed - Courage Best, Sharps Doom Bar & Fullers London Pride. It was quite busy. So I retreated to a side room, where tables were laid out for diners. Took a brief look at the menu. But it had far too many spelling mistakes to take it seriously! Quiet location. But not too far from the station.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Oct 2014 20:19
Closed early (just after 10) on several consecutive Sundays, so don't bother going for a nightcap. If you have the timerity to fancy a pint well before last orders, expect a friendly wave from the manager telling you precisely where you can take your custom... Thanks.
BananaSundae - 31 May 2013 00:34
The ORL seems to be changing landlords at a frequency not dissimilar to that of a pornstar changing her knickers. The gloomy Scouse bloke has evaporated and the bar staff have been retired, by the looks of things - which is both good and bad, if you are familiar with the old setup.
The Youngs has gone as a permanent ale, but makes a return every now and again as a guest ale. The new landlord keeps the 3 real ales in excellent condition and has cut the prices across the board, so the ORL loses its less than envious title as The Most Expensive Pub in town.
The previous landlord oversaw a rather cheap and chearful refurb, with some decking out the front covering half the old car park. To be fair, on a sunny day it looks good, but has a tendency to become rather slippy over winter. It should be rather pleasant for al fresco dining for 20% of the year.
The interior refurb basically ripped out the old benches and threadbare furniture. Some modernish tables and chairs have been added along with a new heating system (which works very well - maybe too well). Three of the table are situated next to the toilets, which wouldn't be so bad if there were more than 8 tables!
We tries the food a couple of times and its very much standard pub fare. The Sunday roast we tried was very generous and reasonably priced. At just over 7 quid a head, the prices compare favourably to anywhere else in town. That said, I'd still head to the Bells or the Swan and spend a few quid more for something closer to a restaurant dining experience.
Lastly, the new landlord seems an affable fellow who prides himself on turning out decent beer. This is in contrast to the host of eccentrics preceeding him. Alot of the old regulars are drifting back and the ORL has the feeling of a functioning, friendly boozer - something not seen there for many moons.
Keep up the good work.

BananaSundae - 26 Dec 2012 18:06
After going for an evening stroll my wife and I visited this pub on Saturday night.
We used to be regulars here years ago but family commitments curtailed that and I haven't been in here for about ten years. When I entered I was surprised, things had hardly changed since my last visit. In fact they haven't really changed in twenty years. The same wall brasses, the same seat covers ( now looking worse for wear) , the same rusty heater in the toilet.
It was quiet. Saturday night at nine o'clock and there was a dozen people here. The radio was playing Magic FM in an attempt to create some atmosphere, which is not a good sign. An uninspring range of beer - Courage Best, London Pride and Youngs Bitter. I went for the Youngs which was fine but was charged 3.60. No wonder the pub was empty.
I'm afraid the Old Red Lion is trading on past glories. This pub used to be heaving with people. Now it's in desperate need of a refurbishment.

ramblethenlunch - 20 Jun 2011 09:51
This is one of the friendliest pubs I have visited. The locals are very warm and welcoming and even let you join in their crosswords! Bar staff are excellent and speedy. The ale is spot on (pricey mind). Being tall was a bit of a problem as the ceiling is very low. Still, your head is nearer your glass I suppose!
SPEW - 22 Apr 2011 14:05

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