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The Red Lion

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Stoke Newington
3 out of 5 stars
The Red Lion
Venue says Local craft beer, delicious thin-crust pizza and the best in sports TV. Any pizza for £6 every Friday lunch; on Monday nights it’s 2 for 1!

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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A venerable Stoke Newington boozer, now serving pizza.

The Red Lion has long been an interloper on the Stoke Newington pub scene. Never as feisty as the Auld Shillelagh, as cosy as the Rose & Crown or as beer-savvy as The Jolly Butchers, it had the air of a regional local randomly transplanted into the hipster paradise of Church Street. Which is hardly a bad thing – after all, the pub has always been bustling, affordable and friendly.

Following a refit there were fears it might emerge reborn, as when the Defoe down the road became the baffling Stoke Newington Tea House. Fear not – from the blinking slot machines to the rowdy punters, the smiling staff to the faint whiff of a student union bar, The Red Lion is pretty much exactly the same. Albeit with an expanded range of draft ales to please the beardy beer crowd.

The other new wrinkle is an in-house pizza kitchen – spectacularly bad timing, given that London’s new favourite bread-slinger, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, just opened across the street. My roast ham, gorgonzola and mushroom creation was hearty if unmemorable, while the accompanying watercress salad was starting to wilt. But the prices are reasonable, and if you’re looking to soak up a long afternoon’s drinking this kind of cheese-slathered stodge will be just the ticket.

The Red Lion says
Choose from quality craft beers from all over London and award-winning UK breweries, eclectic wines & stylish gin cocktails. Enjoy with delicious thin-crust pizza, calzone, salads and bar boards, or satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon doughnuts & Nutella. Play some games or try our Thursday lego challenge; all week long, enjoy the best in sports TV from BT & Sky Sport. Every 1st Wednesday of the month join us for our famous music quiz, or come down on Sundays for general triv. Weekly DJ, Arcade room, Monthly drag shows, dog shows and tap takeovers too! Any 3 ‘third pint tasters’ on a paddle are £4.50. Any pizza's £6 Friday 12-3pm; past 5pm Monday it’s 2 for 1. Remember to get your Loyalty card swiped – you’ll be coming back for more.


Address: 132 Stoke Newington Church St
N16 0JX
Transport: Stoke Newington Overground
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 4pm- 11pm; Fri midday- 12am; Sat midday-2am; Sun midday- 10.30pm
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