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The Red Lion

Bars and pubs, Pubs Ealing
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(38user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Popular pizzeria Santa Maria spreading its wings to the pub next door.

The rather tiny Santa Maria pizzeria nestled in the ‘villagey’ part of Ealing has outgrown its premises. Well, when you’re serving some of the best pizza in London, what do you expect? In a novel fashion, rather than move to a larger place, the restaurant has expanded into the pub next door: the ever-popular Red Lion. Before any hand-wringing commences, this has entailed little change to the much-loved boozer. It’s still a Fuller’s pub, it’s still serving a couple of guest ales (on our visit, a rather nice Butcombe on tap) and it’s still oversubscribed. But make no mistake, the punters tend to turn up for the food rather than the beer these days, and there’s a constant queue for tables.

The pizzas run to around 16 varieties and, as the locals will tell you, they are quite superb. Neapolitan in essence, crusts are pillowy and chewy, bases are thin and just about able to hold the toppings while absorbing that sweet tomato sauce. Strangely, waiting staff only take food orders, so we had to repair to the bar for drinks.

Becoming pub landlords was a grand idea from Santa Maria’s Italian owners, but has it eased the pressure on the pizzeria? No, it’s just added to it. Sipping pints with a side of pepperoni seems to suit the locals very well indeed.

By: Dave Faulkner



Address: 13 St Mary's Road
W5 5RA
Transport: Tube: South Ealing. Ealing Broadway rail
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Stopped here after completing Ealing Half last weekend and been a great pub. Lovely selection and great atmosphere.

So much more than a pub. Across the road from the legendary Ealing Studios, the Red Lion is known as Studio 5 where actors used to celebrate the end of a working day with a pint. And the tradition goes on today. Alec Guiness, and Noel Coward have unwound here, as have many of the actors and actresses whose photos grace it's walls. If you want a slice of Ealing's cinematic history and a great pint, with award winning real ales, this is the place to come to.

Have had some great evenings here watching the football or just casual drinks after work!

Great Pub, and on top you can order your Pizza there from Santa Maria, the best pizza in London!

Best local pub! Full of friendly regulars and staff. Great garden to share a drink with friends

Great cosy atmosphere, good selection of drinks and now paired with the best pizza in London. Where else are you going to go?!

Lovely pub and love the pub garden!! So pretty at night and prices are pretty reasonable too!

This was a Great pub.. then Santa Maria purchased it and now its the best pub in Ealing by a mile

Great old pub and what more could you ask for "pizza by Santa Maria" heaven!!!!!!!!!

Very nice atmosphere especially since Pizza from Santa Maria is served here. I enjoy spending time with my friends here after work. I recommend this place for after work drinks.

Traditional and charming pub; it's now teamed with Santa Maria Pizzeria next door and you will also get the best pizza in London at the pub's table!

everything a proper neighbourhood pub should be, really friendly atmosphere, zero pretension and terrific beer.  A pub with genuine soul. 

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