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Beautiful decor. Great old spacious pub. Here they are bringing back ale on tap which is great. Great pub quiz on Tuesday nights. The food is also excellent. A real gem of a place.
st_buryan - 3 May 2014 10:10
Can't agree with previous comments about the service. I've visited Black Lion couple of weeks ago, staff was friendly, attentive and well trained (as I found out its under new managment). Even though the beer selection is basic, they've got good choice of good bouroun, single malts and rum which makes up for it. Not to mention an amazing decor.
10 out of 10 for me.
WestChris - 2 Apr 2013 03:04
Can't agree with previous comments about the service. I've visited Black Lion couple of weeks ago, staff was friendly, attentive and well trained (as I found out its under new managment). Even though the beer selection is basic, they've got good choice of good bouroun, single malts and rum which makes up for it. Not to mention an amazing decor.
10 out of 10 for me.
WestChris - 2 Apr 2013 03:04
Stunning decor. Sparse atmosphere. A poor pint of Doom Bar

I personally preferred it as it was. OK it was scruffy and dirty, but it oozed character and atmosphere. It also had pub people using it.
willesden_seadog - 14 Feb 2013 10:34
I have to agree with the poor service mentioned in previous posts, it can be very frustrating here. Last weekend for instance I stood at the bar next to 2 girls who were clearly already annoyed, to wait a further 10 mins watching as no attention was paid to who might be next (if in doubt they could ask?). Now Iím a patient fellow but this was starting to get beyond a joke, bear in mind we were stood in the middle of the bar with the barmaid with glasses operating from the till directly in front of us. What really got my biscuit was when to my/our right hand side a two burley tattooed guys came in making their presence known (you know the type) and watched in amazement as she walked right past us from one side of the bar to the other to serve them right away in a speed I could only dream of. Amazing!

Fine if this happens on occasion, but being local Iíve noticed itís standard practice here, there really is no excuse as itís never more than half full (I wonder why). Itís a real shame as mentioned below it clearly has got great potential but the staff seem to love running around like headless chickens on a Fri/Sat night, often leaving just 1 or 2 people to serve not matter how many people are waiting for service. Now some bars can operate fine this but certainly not here where service is slow even at the best of times.

I find going to the North London Tavern although allot busier, the service is a thousand times better, speedy and well organised. If you donít want to spend half your night waiting at a bar Iíd recommend here instead until they improve.

danoleroy - 10 Oct 2011 12:43
I posted a comment about a year ago which was very positve about the Black Lion, great location, beautiful pub and the food is very good.

The pub itself remains a really nice place to sit in and enjoy a pint, unfortunately its obtaining the pint which is proving to be a problem lately. As Luongo mentioned in a previous post the staff are really poorly trained. Expect very long waits and generally poor service. The staff are constantly consulting each other over the ingredients of the simplest drink or cocktail. I ordered 4 Bloody Marys on a hangover and the wait was well over 20 minutes, they didnt have all the ingredients (no worcester sauce, crucial) and the there wasnt even a hint of an apology or a 'sorry to keep you waiting' really infuriating. Also they NEVER have more than one or 2 beers/ales actually in stock so your choice is generally very limited.

This place is also very expensive, you can just about handle this if the service was up to scratch but it isnt.

i will be changing my local to another pub which is a real shame as this building deserves better. I write this with a tear in my eye. Im practically sobbing.
adamtoll919 - 3 Oct 2011 14:21
Worth dropping in to view it's ornateness but once again another pub serving dreadful ales (the Royal London and Ruddles were both appaling and undrinkable). If you are waiting for a friend to turn up you could always amuse yourself by seeing how many mousebait boxes you can spot. ("Would you like to peruse our menu Sir ?" - "er, no thanks")
Snarling_Mallard - 21 Apr 2011 16:19
Something of a frustrating pub: it has an incredibly ornate Victorian ceiling and generally impressive interior decor (but why are the chandeliers painted bright blue?), but the drinks selection is poor and the prices are hugely inflated. Also, the staff, friendly though they are, need some training in a) the drinks selection and b) how to serve quickly. I was left standing at an almost empty bar for around 5 minutes while several staff pottered around polishing glasses and adjusting the lighting.

On the other hand, the high ceilings and grand interior do make for a pleasant drinking environment, and as their is an alarming dearth of quality boozers in this part of town it is no surprise that, despite the scrotum-shrivellingly high prices, this pub continues to be a success. I give it 6/10, with potential for 9 or 10/10 if there was an interesting, quality selection of beers and spirits (I am unqualified to comment on the wines) and the staff were a bit more clued-up. It would justify the prices too!
Luongo - 9 Apr 2011 23:38
I agree - the prices are extremely high: a shame as it's not really a wine bar style place. The decor is fantastic and the pub is bigger than you first think with a few interesting nooks and crannies. They now sell Aspall's Cider on draught which for me is a bonus. The place is also a hotel. I was booked in to stay there once but on entering the room was told by a carpenter that it had been trashed and the beds ruined. The staff were very helpful and put is up in an alternative place down the road in Cricklewood. Overall, a good effort and not the pubs fault that yobs had stayed on that occasion.
MJEllis77 - 7 Apr 2011 13:48
A pub with an amazing - original - decor. Friendly welcome and efficient service. Serves cask ale: the Doom Bar was in excellent condition. Food is freshly prepared and well-presented. Prices are towards the higher end, but it's case of 'you get what you pay for'. Well worth a visit. The accommodation over the pub is good value and, if visiting London as a tourist, Brondesbury Overground station is only 100 metres away.
wobblybob - 2 Apr 2011 14:12
yes this place is very nice. it has pies and beers and chips and wine and seats and two kinds of toilets and wine
Jonny.is.alive - 15 Mar 2011 17:09
I agree with adamtoll919 - really nice pub. It's not as rammed and doesn't have as many kids as the London Tavern down the road, which is a blessing. The food, for the price, is excellent, I've eaten here several times - the burgers are great, as are the roasts. Staff friendly and speedy. Looks nice too. Have spent many enjoyable Sundays here.

theannag - 15 Mar 2011 17:01
The Black Lion is a really great pub in my opinion. I have eaten here 3 times now and the food has been excellent every time. The staff are very friendly as well. I spilt an entire pint at one point during the meal and the bar staff replaced this free of charge. Excellent service, beautiful pub. Edges the London Tavern for me.
adamtoll919 - 14 Feb 2011 16:06
Only one ale on last night - Doombar, which was £3.30 a pint. And the barrel needed changing.
Haven't really drunk in other pubs around Kilburn, but for what was on offer that seemed pretty expensive to me.

duchyjim - 15 Dec 2010 10:07
This pub has decided that saving electricity is a must. I suppose that was because in the darkness you would probably not miss the very absent price list for beer. Bah! Why are pubs so anxious to cheat of our rights to proper information about the cost of ales?

Timothy Taylor Landlord = £1.70p half pint.

That's why!


mycetes - 23 Nov 2010 00:53
Has to be the best pub on Kilburn High Road by far
drib - 6 Oct 2010 20:18
Large one room pub with an attached dining room and some outdoor seating with heaters. Silent TV in one corner. The high ceiling makes for an impressive looking building but it also feels a bit cavernous and lacking in atmosphere. Friendly enough staff and clientele. Two ales on tap. TT Landlord was off but Doom Bar was on good form. Food was also good and thankfully, there was a cheaper alternative to the over-priced gastro menu. There are not many decent pubs in Kilburn so if you're in the area, this one is worth a visit.
DuchyBoy - 16 Jul 2010 08:50
Popped in for a quick one before going to the pictures at the Tricycle. A trip in nostalgia. I remember coming here years ago (25+). It was heaving. All I can remember is getting ripped off at the bar and given a leaflet extolling the virtures of the IRA. The High Road was a different beast then. 15 odd years ago we used to come here after football. Again, it was heaving with a heavy rock band in the adjoining room.

Anyway, gastro now. Nice enough and I'd pop in when I go to the Tricycle again. Left feeling a little sad. Time moves on.
Lyncroft - 25 Apr 2010 15:51
I happened across this place on Saturday when friend I was due to meet elsewhere was late and I popped in out of the cold. We liked it so much we changed our plans and stayed all evening.
Decor and beers as described below, friendly bar-staff and a good atmosphere all round.
Definitely worth going back to - in fact, definitely worth seeking out.
TheManInTheIronCask - 8 Feb 2010 11:36
Until yesterday I hadnít been in to this pub since the days of John the landlord when this was a famous pub on the darting circuit. There were boards in the bar area and side room which has now become a restaurant and there were more boards upstairs which has now become a B&B guesthouse. There were also numerous plasma screens and a projector for the showing of Sky Sports, but now there is a solitary plasma screen above the front door which was off and Iíd be surprised if it is ever switched on for anything. The ornate fixtures and fittings are all still in attendance, but they are a lot cleaner and the place seems brighter without the haze of smoke wafting around the bar Ė for shame!

I donít remember any ale being on offer here before and I wouldnít have drunk it anyway, but now Landlord and Doom Bar are available along with Amstel, Hoegarden and a standard draught selection. I thought that the attitude of the barmaid fitted in well with the pub, efficient yet apathetic.

To be fair this place is probably an improvement on its last incarnation to the vast majority of the population of this great land, but I liked it just how it was as it was a fun destination pub rather than a soulless stop off on the way home from work.
Strongers - 15 Nov 2009 23:23
Went here just before going to the theatre across the road. Very impressed. The layout was lovely and the staff who served us were more than pleasant. Didn't get to try the food but the menu looked OK. Would definitely drink in here again.
Mr.Raffles - 27 Sep 2009 13:23
Went to have a meal and a couple of pints of Doom Bar before going to the Comedy Club at the Good Ship. Very pleasant. Has a nice open feel with high gilded ceilings and walls. Even for £7.50 for the lasagne wasn't bad value such was the quality. I'll be back if I'm going to another gig
cookster101 - 21 Jul 2009 09:29
Two real ales on Ė Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sharpís Doom Bar. I had the latter, which was fine, but not cheap at £3.20 a pint. But it was served in a branded glass, which is a nice touch. The food on offer seemed quite expensive as well, as it was essentially pub grub Ė e.g. burger and chips for £7.50 and sausage and mash for £7.20. I didnít eat there so cannot comment on the quality, but it would have to be pretty good to justify those prices. No-one was eating when I was in on Wednesday lunchtime.

The pub itself is quite impressive, having retained most of its original Victorian features. It boasts an impressive gilded Lincrusta (I think ) ceiling; gilded friezes around the walls; some cut and etched glass in the windows along the side, and carved wood all over the place. A glass panel above the fireplace proclaims the large room to be the Gold Room. Itís well named. Thereís also a separate dining room. Itís a very impressive pub, thoroughly deserving its inclusion as a CAMRA London heritage pub. Furnishings are a mixture of sofas/low tables (the bane of the six-footer!), solid pine furniture, and normal tables and chairs. But I found it a little soulless on my visit. Iím not sure why Ė I suppose the nearly empty large (Gold) room made it seem that way on a quite Wednesday lunchtime. I suppose it would be very different on a busy evening. Nonetheless, itís definitely worth a visit to have a butcherís at the very impressive interior dťcor.
RexRattus - 16 Jul 2009 23:53
Gorgeous interior decoration in a roomy pub with a lot of window space which lights up the place on a sunny evening. Landlord and Doom Bar on draft in quaffable condition. Small outside area to the side.
SimonM - 13 Jun 2009 12:15
Beautiful-looking pub, a real gem. Two interesting real ales (Taylor's Landlord, Sharp's Doom Bar) frankly not really very well kept but worth a look anyway.
Spodgey - 25 May 2009 10:03
Went to the Black Lion last weekend and was mesmerized by the beautiful decor. The staff were very friendly and the layout of the bar is very welcoming, warm and appealing. I will be returning here again and again and again. 10 out of 10.
bulldog76 - 27 Oct 2008 14:33
Really nice pub, really nice staff. Planned to go for Sunday Lunch UNTIL we spotted one of the kitchen staff 'aving a faaaag' outside the entrance in his whites! Well, I say whites more dirty, dirty grey... Quite an awful sight and they looked liked they'd never seen a hot wash. We therefore downed our drinks and ran up the road to THe North London Tavern and Sunday Lunch was delish! Come on Black Lion - get whiter whites and it's not a great advert having your kitchen staff smoking outside. yuk!
Nicolarr - 28 Aug 2008 18:06

Agree with the recent food comments: it's nice, but over-expensive. Close on £9 for two sausages, a splodge of mash and two sprigs of broccoli is bit of a rip-off.

I found the staff friendly and helpful, and found the decor intriguing and exquisitely-tooled. Wonder what it looks like on a bright summer's day though.
toneknob - 18 Dec 2007 14:22

It's been a while since I went to this pub.

I went back the other night and now I remember why it's been so long.

Please - just serve beer. The food is over-priced, crap, cooked badly and practically thrown at you by surly staff who would rather be elsewhere.

angry - 8 Aug 2007 12:09
Ghastly. No atmosphere. Bland. Sterile. Music Too Loud. Service is rubbish, beer ok but expensive.
They have spent money on this place & it is in better nick than it was. The ceiling is lovely.
Staff are ok.
(try to have nothing to do with the clueless proprietor who wanders round in cycling helmet & cycle shoes - he does have to bike it to Brondesage 100 yards away?!)
anonymous - 17 Jul 2007 08:51
Visited the Black Lion yesterday for the rugby but ended up staying for the party. The place was packed for St. Patricks day. Excellent party feel with a good mix of people late 20's - 40's. All out for a good time. Best night out I have had in ages.
jane101 - 18 Mar 2007 13:38
Another 'gentrified' Kilburn pub. Nice decor, comfy,beers ok but yeah the atmosphere is sterile. Ok for a couple of drinks before heading off somewhere a tad more lively
treesurgeon - 17 Mar 2007 14:17
Good pub. Great decor, friendly staff.

I have eaten here twice recently, on a friday night and on a sunday afternoon. Both were enjoyable dining experiences in terms of food, value and ambience. On the Sunday they did a classy interpretation of a Sunday roast, either with the usual meat choices or a more left-field option of wild sea-bass. I went for the bass, and was very impressed with a large, fresh fillet, accurately pan-fried and served with a good tarragon cream sauce. It went surprisingly well with the usual sunday roast accompaniments. On the Friday, oysters followed by steak again showed off good ingredients, well prepared. The only criticism I would give was that the steak, while still pink in the middle, was more medium than the medium-rare I had requested. Based on my two experiences, I would happily vouch for the food, and plan to take friends there again.
Kilburn - 8 Mar 2007 13:07
Went for lunch here yesterday and got the shock of my life. Despite the beautiful building, friendly staff and our corresponding high hopes, our meals were appalling. And to add insult to injury, it was damned expensive too. Nice place to drop in for a drink but avoid the temptation to order anything from the bar menu. It was a disgrace.
fyrg - 13 Feb 2007 13:30
I went in there last week for the first time in about 6 months spent a couple of pleasant hours chatting over a few beers but as always it is underheated. At least they have made some improvement to the hideous mish mash of junk furniture which used to make me angry every time went in there. Bar staff are pleasant and polite but I was slightly disconcerted that everyone in the place turned round and looked at the door when we entered! If everything matched the fantastic plasterwork, this would be one of the best pubs in London...
rico166 - 2 Jan 2007 16:28
What a pub! Paid a visit recently and it was great. The decor is ye olde, with an amazing Grade II listed ceiling, orginal fireplaces, mis-matched furniture - a real cosy boozer. The food is amazing, I believe that they have a couple of new chefs onboard who certainly know how to cook! The beer range is not great but it will do, good wine list and cocktails. They also offer wireless internet which is convenient. The Manager is nice and friendly and so too are the staff. This is definitely a pub that I can see as being my 'local'.
anonymous - 11 Dec 2006 23:38
The very impressive Grade II listed interior strikes you the moment that you step through the door. This well preserved Hotel is classified as a gastro pub but still feels like a normal pub, albeit one that bears all the trappings and opulence of its original splendour.

The main bar once consisted of separate Saloon and Private bars (the signs are still visible outside) but have now been knocked through to make one sizeable room. The ornate burgundy and gold patterned plaster ceiling with its brass candelabras and ceiling fans is a real eye catcher. Despite the refurbishments over the years, they have retained many original features like the large etched arched windows, fireplaces, mirrors, what appears to be gas lamps and the original bar (with the remains of an old water tap), behind which there is a generous amount of space for the staff. The rather subdued lighting and candles in the windows make the place feel quite relaxed and intimate even though it was quite busy on my visit. A mix of furniture styles with Chesterton sofas, dining room tables, lamps and an unusual looking throne like high backed chair which does not look particularly comfortable. Not sure I have ever seen office chairs in a pub before either! The plasma screen is another modern concession and I have to say the lights around the windows are a bit tacky.

There is a not a massive or particularly interesting selection of beers (Broadside and Hoegaarden were the only ones worth mentioning) but there is an extensive wine list and cocktails. To the left of the bar is the screened off hotel reception area and to the right is a dining room with a skylight and impressive fireplace. The pub was a runner up in the Evening Standard Gastro-pub of the year competition so the food comes with a good recommendation but you will obviously pay for the quality.

There are some benches outside alongside the park entrance when weather permits but it is really the interior that is the main attraction and definitely worth a visit to view.

RogerB - 7 Dec 2006 13:41
Had a quiet pint in here t'other night. A splendid interior - rightly on the CAMRA list - but generally a nice pub. Broadside was superb although could have done with more than one ale. Menu looked nice in a gastropubby way although I didn't stay for food. Very pleasant relaxed atmosphere inside, but quite dark.
grecian - 16 Oct 2006 17:02
This is my favourite pub in Kilburn. They do a great Sunday Lunch. Agree with Lucy the food is excellent. The pub has loads of character and the staff are friendly.
Annie1976 - 27 Jul 2006 14:28
I don't know what some of these people are talking about!!! I had dinner here on Saturday night and my steak was absolutely delicious, as were all the meals eaten by my party. It was seriously up there with one of my favourite pub meal experiences in London (only after The Snooty Fox in Canonbury!) The service was attentive, the atmosphere was lovely, and the open window to the kitchen allowed an excellent view of all the hot chefs... Lovely.
Don't listen to the detractors, The Black Lion is a winner. In fact, we're going back tonight!
lucyfoxx - 11 Jul 2006 14:37
This is a great place to drink and should be a great place to eat too. Sadly, the food and the service seem to be in competition with each other to see who can provide the worst deal for customers.

"Slow cooked" lamb that clearly been grilled - to an inch of its existence. Sausage and mash (no matter what the elaborate description) that would not meet the quality of a Weathspoons pub. Over cooked pasta and cold chips. How can a chef get so many things so consistently wrong? If I'd cooked it at home I'd have thrown it in the bin.

My advice to customers would be stick to the pub but eat at the delicious pizza place across the road. My advice to the management would be replace the service staff and chef and act on what your customers tell you.




angry - 7 Jun 2006 11:29
This is a great pub. Just because it looks like a gastro pub doesn't mean it is - those of you who've been complaining about the food; go elsewhere, you won't be missed.
This is a good old fashioned boozer with a listed ceiling that saved the pub and the entire building from the wrecking ball years ago, and thank god it did.
The relaxed attitude of the owners and the staff means that people who turn up in a suit looking for Pinot Grigio don't feel quite comfortable here, and even better, they don't quite know why.
They've done the pub up to a good standard, keeping great original features like the huge fireplace for added atmosphere, but it hasn't been sterilised like many other gastro pubs in Kilburn, and the bar staff ignore you whether you're holding a gold card or a screwed up fiver.
Also, the dining room (which all pubs in this area seem to insist on) is nicely tucked around the corner, so you hardly notice it taking up perfectly good drinking space. Keep it up.
shauntobewild - 17 May 2006 12:37
The food is more school dinners than a gastropub. Dont be fooled by the nice surroundings, a great place for a drink but avoid the food at all costs. The management also have a couldn't care less attitude towards complaints.
LondonFoodGuide - 13 Mar 2006 16:13
Great pub. The sort of place I think my next girlfriend would drink in.
Vicar - 18 Jan 2006 15:39
i think some of the reviwers might be confusing this place with the red lion down the other end of kilburn high rd?
anonymous - 16 Jan 2006 14:37
this would have to be the worst pub food ever! i love the gorgeous building, nice place, great beer, and great atmosphere but the food - a disgrace. you can't serve soggy large oily chips stacked like jenga. it's just a disgrace and a real shame because it stops me stopping in more often.
anonymous - 16 Jan 2006 14:36
Gorgeous pub, but the crowd is a bit too trendy at weekends. Worth a look in at lunchtime - the food is cheap and very good.
SusanC - 9 Nov 2005 15:24
Handsome pub. Relaxed and hassle free.
anonymous - 20 Aug 2005 09:15
love the other comments,wonder if they have met the snake yet,not good for the paying customers who have to put up with the guy walking around with it on his shoulders
dottiesue - 18 Aug 2005 11:58
Spent Saturday evening in here with my girlfriends. What a surprise! Great food, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Put this on the list for a good local night out.
Sunny1 - 16 Aug 2005 10:31
Pricey. Not too many seat available. A nice old boozer nonetheless, clientelle is a bit more upmarket (in Kilburn terms) because of increased prices. You get what you pay for, I suppose.
keep_it_green - 28 Jul 2005 10:18
Saw a funny one in here......Geezer next to me at the bar orders a pint of cranberry juice,...whilst its being poured (straight from the carton £1.09 from shop next door), he explains to me that he is off the booze for a while,..trying to detox for a coupla weeks..........barmaid comes back and goes that'll be £4.75,......we are both incredulous,...she explains that a pint is technically 3 separate cranberry juices (on the till),..he goes,.."fck off then,...put it back,......i'll have a pint of stella and a bells,...no ice"............."I dunno,...you do your best don't you mate!?",...."What the fck else is there to do..........?"
kmcs - 10 May 2005 11:15
Rude and patronising barmen ruin the welcome at what should be Kilburn's grandest pub. Pricey, too. Step up the road to the North London Tavern to find how it should be done.
harman_mogul - 25 Nov 2004 09:45
Hmm, I can see sides of Ruby's arguement, yet at the same time I have to agree with Travis.

This is a very 'nice' pub. There's no trouble, no sense that trouble might be approaching and, indeed, no prospect that trouble will ever stop in for a quick chat. This, along with the decent beer, nice atmosphere etc, is a good thing. I think we're all agreed on that point.

However, having said that, there isn't an awfully strong basis on which I can recommend it. It doesn't have any kind of personality, I can't imagine staying there for more than one or two drinks. Added to which it attracts lots of people who take their trainers off and sit with their bare feet up on the low tables, which is all very well in an Ikea advert, but frankly it's pushing your luck in a North London boozer.

Do: Go there for a quick drink with your girlfriend before heading over the road to the nice little Italian restuarant.

Don't: Go there with your flatmate to drunkenly discuss Southend's promotion hopes, your ex-girlfriend and how great lesbians are.
Slipperduke - 25 Oct 2004 17:16
Used to go here reasonably regularly before it had its makeover about a year ago. I didn't like it then, but I can't stand it now. I'm glad lots of people here seem to love the place because it means they'll be nowhere near me.

God it's horrible. A place for people who don't like pubs.
travis - 11 Oct 2004 15:19
Went here last night with my flatmate and was astonished at this oasis of calm in Kilburn - most other places look like local pikey mosh pits. Dark, moody ambience, lavish, over-the-top ceiling, and a young, not-about-to-start-random-fights crowd. Absolutely lovely. Of course, they've had to price out the riff-raff, so two pints of StandardWasser came to over a fiver, and a small bowl of pistachios cost £1.75. Tschh!

First impressions was that the Black Lion seemed a lovely place to while away some time, but you'll be paying a premium to feel relaxed drinking in Kilburn - mind you, everywhere seems to be gentrifying too.

Where are the Chavs drinking nowadays? A mystery.
Ruby - 12 Sep 2004 14:32
Sterile, sterile, sterile. I can only agree with Tristran. The management are obviously trying to follow the gastro formula book and they have the crap music and no interest in the locals bit right but somehow they missed the bit that says staff wear tshirts with ever so witty slogans, instead opting for uniforms. Uniforms?? How silly. The biggest crime though is no real ale so beer drinkers have fizzy lager or Guinness to drink. What a let down. Try the North London up the road which is everything this is trying to be.
Paul - 17 Aug 2004 23:12
Well, I am in the minority it appears. It was a hole before, of that there was no doubt although the governor John was a good landlord. However despite the fact that it looks great it has a sterility which catches on the throat. From the carefully selected muzak, the patronising change on a plate and the sign outside before it opened announcing it was going to become a "gastro pub" (haha). Added to that the bar staff are a bit over keen on hunting you out the door at 11.01.
Tristran - 5 Mar 2004 12:59
At last somewhere decent to go out in NW London. Excellent decor and atmosphere. A++++++++++
Hannah - 28 Feb 2004 19:24
Sssh - don't tell anyone! London's best kept secret. I'm hoping that all these great new bars won't price me out of the area when my landlord finds out and puts the rent up.
Jennifer - 4 Feb 2004 15:49
Can only emphatically agree with the previous comments (what a transformation/great place to chill/never thought it would be my local), and add that the food is superb. Something strange afoot in Kilburn these days - ALL the pubs are refurbing...
Phil - 26 Jan 2004 11:11
A great place to chillout and unwind and the food in the restaurant is fantastic. I never thought I would see the day that the Black Lion in Kilburn was my local.
A brilliant transformation!
anonymous - 23 Dec 2003 12:31
I remember this pub in a previous incarnation. I remember my fastidiously hygienic Canadian friend drinking other people's slops while he cried about his blonde German girlfriend. I remember women with short skirts and bruised legs. I remember the fat fellow from Leitrim (Longford?) selling An Phoblacht. I remember being sexually assaulted by a woman as I tried to push my way through the crowds. I remember fists clenched in the air and clapping for dead hunger strikers. I remember.....
shane - 6 Dec 2003 16:59
oh my god!!! used to live in kilburn & this was a place to be avoided at all costs. used to be dingy,grotty,unfriendly & cliquey.
WHAT A TRANSFORMATION! totally different, theyve kept the amazing (if gaudy)ceiling & its worth a visit just to see it & all the woodwork its stunning! beautiful place to sit & relax in & its like a calm haven from the mad old kilburn high rd. havent tried the food(yet) but looks good. well worth a visit sepecially if you remember what is used to be like. good to see them hanging on to & improving an old place instead of letting it crumble away.
millym - 11 Nov 2003 22:24
Used to come here to see the bands. That room is now a restaurant. Large choice of lagers. Haven't done a bad job on it but what's the world coming to when even Kilburn's becoming gentrified. Decided to go across the road to McGoverns to see if bands are still playing there. No, it's being refurbished and will be called The Kilburn.
anonymous - 2 Nov 2003 10:19
i can vouch that it is a pretty decent place. They have kept the fantastic ceiling (somewhat over the top but surely characteristic). Havent tried the food as yet but the steak and chips looked impressive. Decent beer at decentish prices. A positive edition to the High Road
Simon - 29 Oct 2003 17:07
Recently converted into gastropub, under new management. Absolutely astonishingly fabulous. The food is top notch, from a French chef.
The pub itself is a testimony to fine taste, and is a truly relaxing atmosphere.
The staff are wonderful. If you don't believe, go see!
John - 21 Oct 2003 14:20

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