One of London’s Historic Pubs
Directly opposite the Tricycle Theatre the Black Lion bar is a comfortable, popular and aesthetically appealing pub. The Black Lion was rebuilt after the great Fire of London. There has always been a pub on this site since the 6th Century. The original pub was thought to have been the haunt of the infamous Dick Turpin on his jaunts to London. After enjoying a few jolly ales he would ride off to rob on the aptly named Shoot Up Hill.
The decor of the Black Lion is unusual but beautiful. The ceiling is nothing short of decadent artistry with ornate decoration and chandeliers contributing to a real wowing of the senses. The ceiling is Grade II listed. Gold in colour of choice, which works to create a sense of drinking in a Victorian ballroom as much as a pub in Kilburn, North London. The long bar is directly in front of the entrance and is large enough not to make you feel squashed when queuing for a drink. The venue has a spacious feel with lots of space behind the bar, which encourages quick service. A separate dining room is designed for diners.
The Black Lion is trendy but certainly not pretentious. It is a popular bar that get extremely busy but the bar staff are efficient and quick.
Being a gastropub, the food at the Black Lion is of high quality. Popular dishes include the sirloin steak (£15.95) a mouth watering range of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes, such as the butternut squash risotto, and the pan-fried whole sea bass with grilled asparagus and new potatoes.. Our menu would be best described as an interesting fusion of Mediterranean ingredients and traditional English recipes.
We pride ourselves on our delectable range of wines, our epic cocktail list and wide range of spirits.
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The Last Word
A really relaxed pub that is right at the heart of Kilburn’s nightlife. You can’t say that the ceiling is Grade II listed in your average pub. There is a friendly atmosphere and the staff are skilled and enthusiastic. Worth a visit.
Reviewed by Dan McCormick – viewlondon.co.uk