Black Lion Kilburn

4.0
27 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Welcome to The Black Lion Restaurant.

We pride ourselves on being one of the few restaurants in North London where 99% of our food is homemade with the finest ingredients, from bread to desserts all freshly prepared daily and cooked to order.

We are able to cater for large groups and special occasions, as we are very used to dealing with these on a daily basis.

Enjoy your dining experience next to the open fireplace, or in a more formal setting.

We have an extensive menu of great seasonal British classics mixed with flavors from around the world and an extensive Tapas and Nibbles menus to cater for any taste. Also a locally famous Sunday Roast cooked how you want it.

Step into the Black Lion a Grade II listed building with amazing decor, leather Chesterfield sofas, open fireplaces, a fantastic atmosphere, we hope to see you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British, Spanish
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 3pm - 10pm

Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 10:00pm

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Phone number
020 7624 1424
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit

Overground: Brondesbury or Kliburn High Road

Underground: Bakerloo Line Kilburn Park
Underground Kilburn Station Jubilee Line
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Hugely disappointed at how much the Black Lion has gone downhill. We have been coming here for 2 years and have brought many friends and family for a Sunday Roast as in the past it has been the very best. It now seems that they are under new management and the service and quality of the food has dropped to a minimal standard. We brought our family for a roast expecting our usually lovely experience but were greeted with poor service, the wrong food being brought out, instructions ignored and a vodka and coke served in a pint of coke?! The food was disgusting...somewhat reminent of a school dinner, the meat thinly sliced and the gravy watery. The meal then ended with completely the wrong receipt being brought to the table with 5 extra items added. It's been a good run Black Lion but we will not be returning! Time to find a new roast!

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little pub next to the park with good food and nice atmosphere. Staff are friendly and decor is great

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the Black Lion as a venue for meet ups and special occasions. The surroundings are
beautiful as it is a listed building and the dining room is very cosy with lots of candle light.

The food is excellent and service is amazing, nothing is too much trouble for the staff who
are very helpful and polite.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Absolutely appalling , took my mother for mother's day , group of 4 , waiters didn't even acknowledge us , didn't receive menus for ages , asked for water 5 times each time was told " it's on its way" , so my pregnant girlfriend didn't have a drink well over half an hour, service was a disgrace, food was mediocre , waited over an hour for it tho , meanwhile others who came in after us received Thiers first , then once finished , didn't receive desert menus , when asked , the waiter said isn't someone looking after you , and walked away dismissively , thus resulting in us getting up and leaving , even when paying the bill they didn't come and pick it up until we were walking away, ruined my mother's day.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day lunch was a Sunday Roast at the Kilburn Black Lion next to the fireplace, it was lovely. We've been coming for many years and it's just the best.

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M
London
94 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went here on Christmas Day and it had a great atmosphere. Food was lovely, and huge portions.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I came here with my boyfriend on Sunday for the roast and we had booked a table for 4.30pm. At this rather early time, once we’d been seated we were really disappointed to find that there was no pork or beef left. We weren’t particularly inspired by the other roast options, so we decided to order from the regular menu. I ordered the tuna steak, which was unfortunately also unavailable, so we settled for 2 burgers. Whilst they were massive and definitely filling, the meat was dry and we both found it really hard to get through them even though we were super hungry! We also ordered the brie to start which was mainly bread and salad with two very small slices of brie - not what we were expecting at all. There was a party behind us who were really drunk and loud and who dropped several glasses and knocked into my chair several times whilst getting up to sing around each other. It wasn’t exactly the relaxing afternoon we’d hoped for! This was a real shame, as we’ve previously come for the roast and have had an excellent meal. I’d like to come back again, but it’s super disappointing when so much is unavailable and the alternative choice you make isn’t great!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Good venue, bad staff. Has been the case twice now.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went with partner for Sunday lunch - relatively quiet at 4pm, so lots of space and chilled atmosphere despite international football being on. It is a really beautiful pub decor wise!
I went for the chicken and my partner had the veggie Wellington. Chicken was generous but rather dry, which was a shame and I don't feel there was enough veg (some may consider this to be a positive thing I'm sure!) That was my only niggle - in comparison my partner said her veg Wellington was amazing and she really enjoyed it.
Service was great, especially when we asked if we could change one of the orders slightly - very accommodating, would come again but go for lamb/pork instead!

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre dinner theatre. Very good service. Beautiful building. Food imaginative and well cooked. Will be back

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WM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good gastro-pub food, friendly service, very nice ambiance. Just across the street from the Tricycle

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O
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been here a few times and think it's great. On top of great food and fabulous service, its worth a visit for the buildings original features alone.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great roast dinner!

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FS
London
68 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked the Black Lion primarily because it is opposite the Tricycle Theatre and a friend and I were attending a show there. Having no idea what to expect we were delighted as the Black Lion is an old fashioned pub with a dining room and services bar meals. When I say old fashioned this includes the original features of the pub from the very early 19th century. I have never seen anything like this in situ and would recommend the venue for that reason alone.
That said the menu was very good, as we enjoyed the pre-theatre menu, with soup and a delicious gnocchi for me, chicken for my friend, as well as a well priced bottle of wine. The service was excellent, attentive enough, without being overly so, while friendly.

I hope to find an excuse to visit again soon.

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a
London
90 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to the Black Lion before a play at the Tricycle Theatre. The menu is interesting and you can see this pub is putting in the effort to provide good food.

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N
London
60 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went with two friends to Black Lion, Kilburn, prior to matinee performance at The Tricycle Theatre. Never been before. I shall be back whenever I visit the Tricycle. And if I lived nearer Kilburn, I would become a regular. Excellent friendly service, well thought out menu, good food and outstanding value.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Christmas lunch at The Black Lion. We maid reservation before going to London, and meet very good service all the way through. The pub is large and has a very nice atmosphere. The staff are friendly and the food is good.

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s
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Such a great find. The pub is absolutely beautiful, such an impressive ceiling and decor. Friendly staff, good food, open fires what more could you ask for for a Sunday lunch?!
Would thoroughly recommend

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p
London
188 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went for Sunday lunch at the Black Lion with my daughter. We both ordered scallops to start which were delicious. To follow we both had the roast beef with all the trimmings, which was reasonably good though not outstanding. Our waitress was lovely and the prices were reasonable. However although the dining room was quite pleasant, it was virtually empty, most diners seemed to opt to eat in the bar, so not much ambiance. I would go again but probably eat in the bar.

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LF
Surrey
45 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We took my Nan here for lunch to celebrate our anniversary - and despite the fact we were the only ones in the restaurant for the majority of our meal, the whole experience was fab. Food was amazing quality and very generous portion sizes (in fact, after starter and main, we didn't have enough space for dessert, sadly!) - and the service was very attentive, without being over-the-top. Would definitely go back...

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful pub with lots of original features. Service very good, attentive and considerate. Sunday roast was amazing, home cooked, we tried the pork and lamb, definitely go back. The alternative to roast was salmon or salads, both salads Surf and Turf and blackened Chicken were very good, so lots of hard choices to make! Bit disappointed about the puddings I had heard they were home made and excellent, but the creme brûlée was very thick too thick but edible and the rhubarb crumble was very very dry. A lovely place to enjoy a drink and some great food.

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O
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Firstly, a quite outstanding pub in its own right - breathe taking architectural features (ceiling etc), and a huge long bar. One of the best in London in my opinion.
So to the dining, in the dining room (with equally impressive ceiling). We booked for 5 people and when we arrived had a warm welcome.
Negatives: tables and chairs a bit of a second hand store mish mash, our table was really wobbly and hardly fit for purpose. My steamed spinach with garlic (part of the chicken & mushroom pie plate) was not steamed and had no garlic (just oldish leave out of a pack). Service, although staff are remarkably good, was slow (although they were really busy, and had a mass booking/function which they coped with really well).

BUT that's where the negatives end. My chicken and mushroom pie was the best I have ever had, full of flavour; others had roast beef (looked and tasted amazing with lashings of awesome gravy), roast lamb, and burger. All amazing and memorable, and selection of deserts too. Top value for money, and a place We would highly recommend. We will definitely be back for more of the same.

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TF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, staff are amazingly friendly, the pub is a wonderful old pub, beautiful! The food, amazing and what is nice is the chef takes a massive pride in what he is doing, he came to our table to talk to us on Friday night to see what we wanted... He even convinced us that a pudding was a must! Can't wait to go back, the steak was to die for!!

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2015
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Great looking venue and really welcoming waiting staff led us to have high hopes... Faded quickly as food started to arrive.

Very underwhelming, small portioned starters we let ride as not everyone gets these right and the mains sounded good. Unfortunately these arrived with under seasoned, tough and untrimmed (lamb) on an overcooked student-like pile of risotto that looked like every left over in the kitchen had been stirred in. An average steak was also served up with completely blackened burnt chips and massive tasteless onion rings and a cold sauce.

At the end of a long day we decided to just eat what we could and finish our bottle of wine but even this was disturbed by screaming and shouting from the kitchen, clearly audible to all diners. I used to work in kitchens and understand a momentary incident can cause staff to boil over but this continued for over 30 minutes!

The venue has great potential and in some of it's (Italian) front of house staff some excellent people who made us feel really welcome... The kitchen however is failing and needs correcting from the top down.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2015
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

I had Sunday lunch here last week with my partner and when I left I was full, the portions were huge which makes it hard to critic the food too badly but I was expecting a really great British meal and left feeling disappointed.

The service from the Irish barman were second to none and made moving our booking from the restaurant to the bar very easy and helped us choose a few drinks. I liked the look of most starters but felt all the garnishes were strange so I skipped, however my partner had the scallops which were almost raw (let it be said I like them opaque or even medium rare) they had no colour and were cold, they had not been prepped and still had roes attached, I cant even recall the garnish as we didnt eat them.

The pork belly main was a great piece of meat and I really enjoyed the flavour, it had been cooked slow and very well, but that was it, the veg that accompanied was not seasoned and ranged from raw to over done. The roast potatoes were black instead of crispy and clearly means they were warmed in microwave or hot held with a lid on, the potatoes had not even been peeled?!

To finish the crumble was inedible and the butter or fat used in it had split and lacked enough crumble top to balance. The ice cream was good quality.

All in all was less than forty pound so cannot grumble too much, but just wanted it to be good, and it was far from it.

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LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really lovely meal - beautiful venue. Definitely be going back when in Kilburn.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious Sunday roast, both meat and vegetarian options. The vegetarian Wellington pie was top! All food cooked in the pub fresh. We finished with warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream. Also excellent!

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