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Red Lion (Antic)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Alechemy - Bad Day at The Office Pale AleGood1
Bad Seed - Session IPA - Comet, Cascade, CentennialExcellent1
Boss - Beatle JuiceAcceptable1
East London (ELB) - Pale AleExcellent1
East London (ELB) - RascalGood1
Hammerton - N7Excellent1
Ilkley - Mangoes OverboardGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - KodiakGood1
New River - First Snow AleGood1
Rooster's - Little Darlings 25th Anniversary Pale Ale Excellent1
Slater's - Autumn RedExcellent1
Tapestry (formerly Cocksure) - Amber SessionGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter StarExcellent2
360° - New Zealand Pale AleNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Basta Rosse (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)Not Tried0
Arbor Ales - MosaicNot Tried0
Bedlam - PilgrimNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Orchid MildNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Three KingsNot Tried0
Franklins - Mama Knows BestNot Tried0
Ilkley - RombaldNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0
Rooster's - Capability BrownNot Tried0
Rooster's - Wild MuleNot Tried0
Rooster's - YankeeNot Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPANot Tried0
Slater's - Columbia Coffee StoutNot Tried0
Slater's - HakaNot Tried0
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - RedheadNot Tried0
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Volden - PorterNot Tried0
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)Not Tried0
Volden - SummerNot Tried0
Volden - WinterNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - MillionaireNot Tried0
Picture 1. Red Lion, Leytonstone, Greater London
Picture 2. Red Lion, Leytonstone, Greater London

Visits Details

15 Jul 2020 (Stephen Harris)
My first meet up with a group of friends down the pub since this whole virus nightmare began. It was a bit of a palaver booking a table and having to all arrive together and so on, but absolutely worth it. We stayed long into the night chewing the fat. Several other cask beers were available , but I'm out of practice with remembering their names.
BeerABVScoreNotes
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00ExcellentOn great form and I stuck with it for most of the evening.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40GoodI started with this and it was pretty good.
23 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday late-afternoon and very busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Star4.40ExcellentA rich and satisfying Old Ale.
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Millionaire4.70Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Volden - Winter5.20Not Tried
25 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime from opening. A rather disappointing beer selection at this time. I learn to my surprise that a CAMRA discount is available here on the non-Volden beers and "has been for years".
BeerABVScoreNotes
New River - First Snow Ale4.00GoodDecent Pale Ale with ginger.
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
Volden - Porter5.20Not Tried
09 Dec 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and mercifully free of office parties.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hammerton - N75.20ExcellentA really good beer that I have not seen for a while.
Bad Seed - Session IPA - Comet, Cascade, Centennial4.00ExcellentPale, crisp and hoppy
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Mild3.60Not Tried
Ilkley - Rombald4.60Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Star4.40Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Not Tried
Volden - Winter5.20Not Tried
24 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late Sunday afternoon and warm enough to sit out in the back yard.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Alechemy - Bad Day at The Office Pale Ale4.50GoodA golden, hoppy and bitter Pale Ale.
Slater's - Haka5.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)4.60Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Capability Brown4.00Not Tried
30 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. There is some excellent live music, played to a surprisingly indifferent audience who are mostly focussed on their roast dinners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ilkley - Mangoes Overboard4.90GoodA Belgian-type Witbier with a lot of mango flavouring.
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Franklins - Mama Knows Best4.10Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Mild3.60Not Tried
Volden - Summer4.20Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Not Tried
12 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening for a quick one.
BeerABVScoreNotes
East London (ELB) - Rascal3.80GoodPlenty of ginger in this beer.
Rooster's - Yankee4.30Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10Not Tried
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)4.60Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Volden - Summer4.20Not Tried
12 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. As ever, it is busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rooster's - Little Darlings 25th Anniversary Pale Ale 4.20ExcellentPale gold. Dry. Sharp, lemon-rind tastes from experimental hop variety CF160.
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Kodiak4.80GoodLight brown in colour and a bit cloudy. Fruity hop flavours. At the easy-drinking end of the American Brown beer style.
Tapestry (formerly Cocksure) - Amber Session3.90GoodA deep amber colour. Malty flavours, dominated by caramel.
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
360° - New Zealand Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
24 Dec 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I have tended to avoid this pub during daylight hours due to its reputation for having a primary school playground at breaktime atmosphere. And indeed there are plenty of youngsters in this-afternoon, but they are mostly on best behaviour.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Star4.40GoodBranded as an Old Ale but has little resemblance to the classic Old Ales I am familiar with from Harveys and Adnams. Very decent though Ė chocolatey and dark brown in colour.
Boss - Beatle Juice4.80AcceptableA cloudy and very sharp, golden beer. I donít think it is on prime form.
Rooster's - Wild Mule3.90Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Slater's - Columbia Coffee Stout5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Basta Rosse (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)5.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Three Kings3.80Not Tried
03 Nov 2017 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon and really nice atmoshere. I had originally planned to have one of Antic's excellent sausage rolls but I could not resist the Percy Ingle shop on the way here so was no longer hungry. Left a few copies of Marsh Mash on the bar and sat down and enjoyed listening to the sound of Bob Dylan.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Slater's - Autumn Red5.00Excellent
Summer Wine (SWB) - Zenith Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
Bedlam - Pilgrim4.50Not 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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Exceptional-
Excellent44
Good36
Acceptable9
Poor-

Website.

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 37 times, seen 230 different beers and tried 85 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E11 3AA