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The Red Lion (Greene King)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Joseph Holt (see also Holt's) - MaplemoonExcellent1
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)Excellent1
Caledonian - 80/-Excellent1
Brains - SA GoldExcellent1
Beartown - Snoopy's SpecialExcellent1
Butcombe - HakaExcellent1
Hook Norton - Old HookyGood1
Greene King - St Edmund'sGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood3
Greene King - Flanker's TackleAcceptable1
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Brains - Steaming WagonNot Tried0
Theakston - LightfootNot Tried0
Moles - Six FingersNot Tried0
Fuller's - American FallNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Red Lion, Bromley, Greater London

Visits Details

16 Oct 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening busy with locals and after work office staff. Proper pub atmosphere for a back street pub. Map updated to show correct location.
Greene King - St Edmund's4.20Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Fuller's - American Fall4.00Not Tried
12 Jul 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and busy back street drinkers local. Although the postcode is correct in the description, the map link shows a false location. The pub is on North Road close to the White Horse.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Theakston - Lightfoot4.10Not Tried
Moles - Six Fingers4.10Not Tried
24 Oct 2013 (Edbeck)
Butcombe - Haka4.50ExcellentWonderful fruity pint
19 Jul 2013 (Edbeck)
Caledonian - 80/-4.10Excellent
Brains - SA Gold4.30ExcellentPerfect for a hot summers evening
03 Dec 2012 (HSB)
Lunchtime. Good atmosphere. Friendly locals.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
21 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
2215 hours visit. A hubbub of conversation but not overly busy.
Joseph Holt (see also Holt's) - Maplemoon4.30ExcellentVery tasty - clip says it has a twinkle of maple but as I do not know what maple tastes like I could not trace it. Interesting dry taste
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodMy first and third. Was very good and, for once, very hoppy bitter rather than fruity cloying but I have marked it down for being inconsistent enough to have little idea what a pint will taste like from pub to pub
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Brains - Steaming Wagon4.00Not Tried
15 Dec 2010 (Pedro)
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - St Edmund's4.20Not Tried
11 Feb 2009 (Dubbel)
In a time of woe and strife for the pub trade it was heartwarming to find this place positively heaving. Football was showing on 2 TVs but didn't dominate. Darts league crowd were doing their usual trick of getting in the way of the toilets. One beer was being pulled through as we arrived and another changed while we were there. Great atmosphere, great local.
Batemans - XXXB (now superseded by 4.8% version)4.50ExcellentCrimson rouge, sparkling clarity, full rounded fruity malts and a warming finish. Delicious. And I was shocked to see that ours were virtually the last pints out of the barrel.
Beartown - Snoopy's Special4.20ExcellentThis is what coming to this pub is all about. Cracking guest beers in super nick. Fruity and crispy golden wonder, female-friendly and pleasant to the non-bitter end. We all stayed on this until kicking out time.
Greene King - Flanker's Tackle4.30AcceptableI fell into the trap of buying this as GK had done everything they could to disguise the fact that this was one of their beers. A tiny 2mm crown logo on the pumpclip was all that gave it away. This was fresh on, amber-gold, very heavily malted and typically disappointing.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried

About The Red Lion

The pub sign. The Red Lion, Bromley, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Bromley, Greater London, BR1 3LG.

Easily the best pub in Bromley and, yes, it is tied to Greene King. Presumably came into the possession of Greene King via its previous Beard's of Lewes ownership. Small and cosy, tucked well away in the backstreets, always bustling of an evening, great value food during the daytime. Big darts contingent and huge library of old books to read. GK IPA and Abbot, Harvey's Sussex Best and two guests, one of which is usually from GK's over-extended family. Landlord is a local hero. All browsers of this website are urged to visit this hard to find location in the web of little roads north of Bromley North railway station.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BR1 3LG