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Red Lion (Antic)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hand Drawn Monkey - Monkeys Love Hops 16Excellent1
Brass Castle - CliffhangerExcellent1
Franklins - Smoked Chilli PorterExcellent1
Clearwater - PaleExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Wolf of the WoodsExcellent1
Charnwood - Try HoppedExcellent1
Tigertops - Star DustExcellent1
Signature Brew - Candela GoldExcellent1
TicketyBrew - StoutExcellent1
Slater's - Western American IPAExcellent1
Arbor Ales - Monkey's UncleExcellent1
Siren Craft - Sound WaveExcellent1
Naked Beer Co. - Indecent ExposureExcellent1
Windswept - BlondeExcellent1
Gyle 59 - StarstruckExcellent1
Slater's - Smoked PorterExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HoptonGood1
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanGood1
Magic Rock - RingmasterGood1
West Berkshire - Bruce's Original DogbolterGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - BeerkeepersGood1
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Bourbon Milk StoutGood1
Franklins - English GardenGood1
TicketyBrew - Rose Wheat BeerGood1
Cheddar - Crown and Glory Good1
Signature Brew - SessionGood1
Anarchy - Strait JacketGood1
Rooster's - Golden EagleAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - EndcliffeAcceptable1
Quaffing Gravy - JeuneAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KiplingNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother RabbitNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Beadeca's WellNot Tried0
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Not Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Seven Not Tried0
Ilkley - Wit MarieNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redtail CitraNot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Springhead - Roaring MegNot Tried0
Springhead - The LevellerNot Tried0
Jarrow - BitterNot Tried0
Harbour - Amber AleNot Tried0
Late Knights - Crack of Dawn Pale AleNot Tried0
Pin-Up - Honey BrownNot Tried0
Adnams - Fat SpratNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Summer DazeNot Tried0
Windswept - WeizenNot Tried0
Alechemy - 10 Storey Malt BombNot Tried0
Truman's - Tom Ditto IPANot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Working Class Hero Not Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Hopa Cabana Not Tried0
Shiny - 24 Carat GoldNot Tried0
Shiny - SunshineNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleNot Tried0
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Yorkshire WarriorNot Tried0
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)Not Tried0
Truman's - Eyrie (was 4.6% previously)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter CheerNot Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's AleNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Clout StoutNot Tried0
Revolutions - Happy FamiliesNot Tried0
Grain - OakNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Urban IPANot Tried0
Revolutions - Pretender BlondeNot Tried0
Volden - VIMNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark RoastNot Tried0
Hop Studio - YorkNot Tried0
Brighton Bier - Red Dog (was 4.4%)Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Conservation BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Billabong Aussie Pale AleNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 1 BlondeNot Tried0
Heavy Industry - CollaboratorNot Tried0
Cottage - AtlanticNot Tried0
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Heavy Industry - Electric MountainNot Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Hackney - Red AleNot Tried0
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Red Lion, Leytonstone, Greater London
Picture 2. Red Lion, Leytonstone, Greater London

Visits Details

20 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy here for Quiz Night, with most tables taken at 6:30 (except for the annoying ones marked ‘reserved from 7pm’) and packed by 7:30.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60ExcellentOne of the best IPAs around in my view.
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50GoodA dark Bitter with plenty of chocolate malt.
Franklins - English Garden3.80GoodAn amber-coloured Bitter with reasonable hop content.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Heavy Industry - Electric Mountain3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Hackney - Red Ale4.10Not Tried
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)4.60Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
23 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Briefly at around 7-7:30pm for a sausage roll and a pint on the way home from work. Very busy as crowds gather for the quiz night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Clearwater - Pale3.90ExcellentA crisp, refreshing, golden beer.
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Conservation Bitter4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Billabong Aussie Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 1 Blonde4.20Not Tried
Heavy Industry - Collaborator5.00Not Tried
Cottage - Atlantic4.00Not Tried
Volden - VIM3.80Not Tried
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)4.60Not Tried
07 Jul 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early to mid-evening. Busy as ever, with the garden really popular at this time of year.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cheddar - Crown and Glory 4.50GoodAmber-coloured. Both bitter and fruity hop tastes. Nice.
Anarchy - Strait Jacket3.60GoodGolden in colour. A slightly sweet Pale Ale.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark Roast4.50Not Tried
Hop Studio - York3.80Not Tried
Brighton Bier - Red Dog (was 4.4%)4.50Not Tried
11 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Our CAMRA Crawl numbers are boosted to around 15 in here and we take over one corner. Always a nice pub to visit. I head for the bus stop when the rest of the gang move on to the Walnut Tree and the North Star.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Naked Beer Co. - Indecent Exposure4.50ExcellentGreat, creamy, Porter with dry finish.
Magic Rock - Ringmaster3.90GoodGood, refreshing, hoppy beer. Appeared lacking in body after the beer that had gone before.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Grain - Oak3.80Not Tried
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Urban IPA5.50Not Tried
Revolutions - Pretender Blonde4.50Not Tried
Volden - VIM3.80Not Tried
23 Feb 2015 (Stephen Harris)
I thought that 8pm on a Monday evening might be a quiet time here. Not a bit of it; well-attended Pub Quiz in full swing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brass Castle - Cliffhanger3.80ExcellentVery pale, very hoppy, very bitter. I like it.
Charnwood - Try Hopped4.40ExcellentA very good, full-bodied, hoppy Pale Ale.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's Ale4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Clout Stout5.60Not Tried
Revolutions - Happy Families4.50Not Tried
03 Jan 2015 (HSB)
13:00 Came here for lunch after a morning spent riding round on trains. Very busy, virtually all diners. Not many beer drinkers, some were drinking cups of tea!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Slater's - Western American IPA5.00ExcellentVanilla notes.
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Bourbon Milk Stout4.30GoodBourbon, cocoa and oats. Full-bodied and sweet.
Signature Brew - Session4.00GoodNew Zealand hopped bitter using Pacifica. Not as good as I was hoping.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Cheer4.40Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
17 Oct 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy indeed on a Friday evening. As usual, the efficient staff are completely on top of their game in here and service is quick.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windswept - Blonde4.00ExcellentA great, hoppy, Pale Ale.
Slater's - Smoked Porter4.80ExcellentHeavily smoked.
Franklins - Smoked Chilli Porter5.00ExcellentA smooth, smoky Porter with an unexpected burn in the finish (I had not spotted the word ‘chilli’ on the pumpclip).
Tigertops - Star Dust4.20ExcellentGolden. Fruity hop flavours. Long, bitter aftertaste.
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Yorkshire Warrior4.40Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)4.80Not Tried
Truman's - Eyrie (was 4.6% previously)4.30Not Tried
10 Jul 2014 (Stephen Harris)
First session of a weekend-long beer festival. Twenty casks set up on a stillage in the yard, plus the usual line of handpumps inside. CAMRA discount available. There were a few more beers on than I have managed to record.
BeerABVScoreNotes
TicketyBrew - Stout5.20ExcellentRich and satisfying black stout.
Signature Brew - Candela Gold5.00ExcellentA cloudy amber colour. This I liked; strong and full-bodied and boosted by passion fruit juice. Others did not like it at all.
Arbor Ales - Monkey's Uncle5.00ExcellentA hoppy, amber-coloured beer. Very good.
West Berkshire - Bruce's Original Dogbolter6.00GoodStrong, dark Crystal malt beer, redolent of 1980s Friday nights in Lewisham.
TicketyBrew - Rose Wheat Beer4.50GoodA cloudy yellow/orange colour. Wheaty, with prominent rose flavours. Served too warm to be outstanding.
Quaffing Gravy - Jeune4.30AcceptableSweetish, blonde beer.
Rooster's - Golden Eagle4.50AcceptableIn flat condition from the stillage, which cancelled out any spritziness from the use of champagne yeast.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Springhead - Roaring Meg5.50Not Tried
Springhead - The Leveller4.80Not Tried
Jarrow - Bitter3.80Not Tried
Harbour - Amber Ale4.00Not Tried
Late Knights - Crack of Dawn Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Pin-Up - Honey Brown4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Summer Daze4.50Not Tried
Windswept - Weizen5.20Not Tried
Alechemy - 10 Storey Malt Bomb4.50Not Tried
Truman's - Tom Ditto IPA5.00Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Working Class Hero 3.60Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Hopa Cabana 4.20Not Tried
Shiny - 24 Carat Gold4.20Not Tried
Shiny - Sunshine5.00Not Tried
28 Apr 2014 (Stephen Harris)
I was surprised how busy this pub was when I came in a little before 8pm on a Monday evening. The answer soon became clear; it was Pub Quiz night and 15 teams were raring to go.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Gyle 59 - Starstruck6.60ExcellentFirst class, strong, near-black Porter.
Hand Drawn Monkey - Monkeys Love Hops 164.20ExcellentGolden in colour with an extreme hop-heavy taste. Some might call it one-dimensional. But the hop in question here is Galaxy, one of my favourites – so it’s ‘Excellent’ from me.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Wolf of the Woods4.70ExcellentAmber-coloured Premium Bitter, with all-British ingredients. Full bodied and rich after the hop-monster drunk immediately before.
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Seven 4.20Not Tried
Ilkley - Wit Marie4.50Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redtail Citra4.20Not Tried
Truman's - Lazarus4.20Not Tried
28 Mar 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy in the early evening, but fast and efficient service meant this was not a problem. A special presentation of Thornbridge Brewery beers tonight. My group of four probably tried all 10 that were on cask, but we all felt they were a little lacklustre and not up to the standard you expect of that brewery.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hopton4.30GoodPale and quite hoppy.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Beerkeepers5.30GoodA decent, hazy, pale, wheat beer with the additional of summer fruits. Would have benefitted from a cooler temperature.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Endcliffe5.20AcceptableAn ESB-style strong bitter. Sweetish and full of caramel flavours.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother Rabbit4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Beadeca's Well5.30Not Tried

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About the Red Lion

The pub sign. Red Lion, Leytonstone, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent43
Good35
Acceptable9
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The pub is found in Leytonstone, Greater London, E11 3AA.

A large, historic (founded by 1670) town centre pub. Famous in the 60s and 70s as a live music venue, it has hosted such famous names as Led Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis and Roxy Music, plus local heroes Atomic Rooster. But knocked around and abused in recent years under a succession of themes. Taken over by Antic and re-opened in June 2011 as a 'traditional pub'. Instantly immensely popular. There is a large main bar with big tables for sharing, more of a dining lay-out to the part-screened rear area, and there is a big yard at the back. Pavement tables too. During 2019 the ballroom has been brought back into use and hotel accommodation is now available.

We have visited this pub 36 times, seen 229 different beers and tried 83 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E11 3AA