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The Red Lion (Greene King)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent7
Greene King - AbbotExcellent2
Brains - SA GoldExcellent1
Butcombe - HakaExcellent1
Caledonian - 80/-Excellent1
Greene King - St Edmund'sGood1
Banks's - WainwrightNot Tried0
Brains - SANot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - American FallNot Tried0
Greene King - False Nine Golden BeerNot Tried0
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)Not Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Moles - Six FingersNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Theakston - LightfootNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - Knowle SpringNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Red Lion, Bromley, Greater London

Visits Details

18 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentI am pretty sure this is how prime condition Harvey's Best should taste
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not TriedPump clip shows old 3.6% ABV still
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
Greene King - False Nine Golden Beer4.00Not Tried
23 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close and just as the Harvey's ran out and was changed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good2nd pint out of a new cask just put on. Will mature better for tomorrow. Very much bitter end of the Harvey's Best possible taste spectrum. Getting pricey here
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not TriedStill showing 3.6% on clip
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
16 Sep 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until close. Just a few in still.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentPrime condition and maybe this is the yardstick for what Harvey's Best should taste like, but rarely does elsewhere
Greene King - Abbot5.00GoodJust a half, good condition but unexceptional
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not TriedStill at 3.6% here
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
Banks's - Wainwright4.10Not Tried
19 Aug 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit - all seats taken but soon vacated as live TV football ended. How come I have not visited this back-street gem for almost 11 years to the day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentI sometimes wonder what Harvey's Best should taste like but this must be a model for what it should be like. Superb
Greene King - Abbot5.00ExcellentSuperb condition - a rare example of a bitter Abbot in peak condition
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Knowle Spring4.20Not Tried
17 Jan 2019 (ChrisE)
We had a good chat with the guv who told us a bit about the history of the pub. A nice traditional pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Brains - SA4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - St Edmund's4.20Good
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - 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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Theakston - Lightfoot4.10Not Tried
Moles - Six Fingers4.10Not Tried
24 Oct 2013 (Edbeck)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Butcombe - Haka4.50ExcellentWonderful fruity pint
19 Jul 2013 (Edbeck)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caledonian - 80/-4.10Excellent
Brains - SA Gold4.30ExcellentPerfect for a hot summers evening
03 Dec 2012 (HSB)
Lunchtime. Good atmosphere. Friendly locals.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good

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About The Red Lion

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent12
Good6
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

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

Easily the best traditional 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 in North Road, 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. 5 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 13 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BR1 3LG