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British Lion (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Mordue - Radgie GadgieExceptional1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Autumn AmberExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Banks's - BitterGood2
Marston's - PedigreeGood1
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)Good1
Marston's - 61 DeepGood1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)Acceptable1
Purity - Mad GooseAcceptable1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Eagle IPANot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Norfolk NogNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Not Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (was Ruby Beer, was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Picture 1. British Lion, Folkestone, Kent

Visits Details

29 Oct 2021 (Jack William)
Just after noon Friday lunchtime. Found this by accident. Very traditional pub. Pleasant, half a dozen drinkers in and some eaters starting to arrive. Very reassuring that pubs like this continue to thrive. Interesting - Monday evenings have a session for speaking other languages e.g. “2nd Monday - Portuguese”.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - 61 Deep3.80GoodVery acceptable pale ale.
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not TriedThe badge just says Young’s Special. I think they may have had the pump clip for a while.
16 Sep 2021 (ChrisE)
Busy lunchtime. A fair number of people down for the Folkestone Skabour weekend, not my cup of tea.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Good
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Eagle IPA3.60Not Tried
31 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
This pub closes between 16:00 and 19:00 hours which is the period thst I normally pass this house so I made a special effort to get here before the afternoon bell. A good atmosphere in here today and well worth the effort. Busier than usual as the nearby Guildhall was closed because of a funeral.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Autumn Amber3.90Excellent
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not TriedTaken off sale when pulled for another customer as the bar staff were not happy with it. On inspection the cask had a few gallons left but it remained off sale. Good.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
19 Jun 2016 (ChrisE)
Fully booked for food this Fathers' Day lunchtime, I found a small table that was laid out for food and sat and enjoyed my pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Bitter3.80Good
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (was Ruby Beer, was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
29 Sep 2015 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, only one other customer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Bitter3.80Acceptable
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
07 Feb 2013 (ChrisE)
Fairly quiet lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Acceptable
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
23 Oct 2012 (Ian)
Early evening and there were of us in. Pleased to see Harveys on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodBest beer of the evening so far in that it is at least bitter
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
26 Aug 2012 (Alenomore)
20:30 visit. Last call today, my 14th pub, but still fairly fresh! Good crowd of diners and drinkers in. The fish menu looks worthy of a return at some point soon...
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)3.90GoodIn good condition.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
23 Aug 2010 (Ian)
Oddly never my favourite pub in Folkestone as not open when I normally pass early evening. Cod and chips looked fantastic.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Mad Goose4.20AcceptableTouch of diacetyl, but otherwise ok.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Norfolk Nog4.60Not Tried
04 Mar 2007 (David)
A brilliant pub, lovely, friendly atmosphere. We even got given a plate of roast spuds, parsnips and pork crackling and a piece of birthday cake, doesn't get much better than that. Lovely stuff! Great afternoon, would recomend the pub to anyone!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mordue - Radgie Gadgie4.80ExceptionalA lovely light ale with a subtle malty flavour. Top marks from me.

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About the British Lion

The pub sign. British Lion, Folkestone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent1
Good5
Acceptable4
Poor1

The pub is found in Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1SQ.

Old pub in the attractive Bayle area of Folkestone. Sold in 2014 by Punch Taverns to the incumbent landlord.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 22 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT20 1SQ