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Old Red Lion (Portobello Pub Company)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Purple Moose - Glaslyn AleExcellent1
Rudgate - WunjoExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesExcellent1
By The Horns - Bobby on the WheatGood1
Clarkshaws - Archer Pale AleGood1
West Berkshire - Swift Pale AleGood1
360° - Single Hop Pale #41Not Tried0
Cottage - Deltic GoldNot Tried0
Cottage - Merchant NavyNot Tried0
Cottage - Windsor CastleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Sound WaveNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Gothick DarkNot Tried0
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Old Red Lion, Kennington, Greater London
Picture 2. Old Red Lion, Kennington, Greater London
Picture 3. Old Red Lion, Kennington, Greater London

Visits Details

24 Sep 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and quiet with only a couple of drinkers at the back of the pub enabled me to take unhindered photos. My first visit here impressed me how (dare I say it) this pub hasn't been wrecked and can only echo the previous reviews here. We sat in the right hand bar and soaked up the superb gloomy gothic atmosphere.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40ExcellentGolden flavoursome hoppy ale
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50Not Tried
Volden - Session (or Session Ale)3.80Not Tried
02 Apr 2015 (HSB)
18:00 Long term item on my Heritage pubs to visit list. Impressed. The pub has been brought up to date in the facilities offered the modern clientele but has retained the historic features that make it worth adding to CAMRA's website. The right hand bar was busy but we had the left hand side to ourselves. The old associated off-licence on the left is looking a bit sad. Shame.
Clarkshaws - Archer Pale Ale4.00Good
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Gothick Dark4.60Not Tried
Cottage - Deltic Gold4.50Not Tried
360° - Single Hop Pale #414.10Not Tried
27 May 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. I should never have gone here but for Mr Harris's review on this site. Walked by it at first then back - looked closed, tried door and hey presto but it was soooooooo dark inside. An excellent find. Long chat with a Texan fellow from Houston about US gun control laws and UK new generation craft beers - not sure which is the greater threat to humanity.
Purple Moose - Glaslyn Ale4.20ExcellentSweetish but excellent
By The Horns - Bobby on the Wheat4.70Good
Cottage - Windsor Castle4.80Not Tried
17 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Not a lot of walking involved tonight as this pub lies next door to my previous one and across the road from the station. Nice atmosphere here, with some excellent African music on the CD which took me back to my childhood.
Rudgate - Wunjo3.70ExcellentGolden in colour. Well-balanced with nice malt and hops. Gulpable.
West Berkshire - Swift Pale Ale3.80GoodGolden and malt-dominated.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Cottage - Merchant Navy4.70Not Tried

About the Old Red Lion

The pub sign. Old Red Lion, Kennington, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Kennington, Greater London, SE11 4RS.

Long-established pub that had added ‘Old’ to its name by the 1880s. A big, solid, Brewers' Tudor place that is almost opposite Kennington tube station. Formerly tied to the Charrington’s Brewery of Mile End. Antic retained the three bar layout of this large pub, and there is also a back yard. The décor is not as ‘distressed’ as in some Antic houses, possibly because it felt the building was distressed enough as it was. Nooks and crannies everywhere to drink in. 4 handpumps for real ale on main bar counter and 2 for cider on the other counter. Portobello took over from Antic here in 2020.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE11 4RS