The Black Lion NW6

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126 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
Located in the heart of West Hampstead The Black Lion aims to offer great food & drink, served in a relaxed & friendly style. We have a large split level back garden which benefits from the sun setting over it in the evening.
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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Normally come here for roasts but the quality seemed to be off on Sunday, gravy wasn't as rich, things were burnt and too salty. Disappointing.

LM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Awful. Had a reservation for outside. When arriving the said we can’t reserve outside without telling in advance. Staff super rude and not helpful. Pub quiz with awful quality of the speakers. Outside beer garden was super dirty. Plates with left over food everywhere. Empty glasses. Ants on the tables and benches. Staff was standing outside smoking rather than cleaning or taking care of the customers.

The Black Lion NW6
Responded on 6 July 2019

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to our pub. It sounds like there was some confusion. It's impossible to book our garden as it's on a first come first serve basis and therefore not on open table. This is why you will have been seated inside. As for the cleanliness issue, Sunday can be a busy day for us however there is ALWAYS 1 member or more of staff dedicated to clearing so dirty tables are quickly attended to. We'd love for you to visit us again for a second chance. Best, Lions.

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SD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great energy, friendly service, good food and drink.

ZZ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only thing what was a bit bad,that they have a menu on the website what exist no more. We have chosed what we want to eat,and they did not have it anymore. Except that, we love the place and will go back again.

ES
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous family meal for Father's day. The service was brilliant, the venue was great and the food was delicious!

EV
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

the waitress did not even remember us... very expensive for what it is...

K
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I’ve been a regular at the black lion for a long time but was very disappointed with the quality of food and service on this occasion .

There was no chicken or veg roast . The beef was over cooked , the only veg on the plate was a small spoon of very grey cold cabbage and half a carrot with some potatoes .

The quality of food and service has definitely taken a nosedive

t
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly and efficient staff. Very good pub food, would highly recommend

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice lunch but not great. Starter crab tempura delicious but roast chicken main just ok. Service was very good

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went for Mother’s Day Sunday lunch. Drinks were served in dirty glasses and the ones we were given as replacements were almost as dirty. Food arrived and the cutlery had something on it that made the food go grey/green when I cut it - no replacement food but a spare knife was offered. Quite disappointing generally and way over priced.

PD
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall really good. A bit disappointed with the Sunday roast.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always deliver as always! The table was ready on time, great spot, and great staff THANK YOU!

JF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and drink. Good service too. The pub is a nice place for a lunch or dinner with beers and rugby too.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We booked a table for four and when we arrived we were given a table quite small for 4 people. We needed to ask few times before they moved us to a bigger one. Nonetheless, Sunday roasts were tasty and we enjoyed the whole experience!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The bottle of £25 red Italian wine was served already open and boiling. After asking the waitress for a bucket with ice, she replied to me that red wine should be served warm!!!The rump steak arrived medium-well cooked when I ordered it rare. At that point I didn’t care anymore. Last time I visit this pub and I must say after 10 years livinf in London, I had one of the worse meals in town.

The Black Lion NW6
Responded on 1 April 2019

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We do traditionally serve our red wines at room temperature although boiling definitely not -Perhaps courtesy of the lovely March weather we were having! I would also like to apologies about the cooking of your steak – If you chose to visit us again, which I hope you do, please do not hesitate to let your waiter know if you liked any amendments made to your dish and we will be happy to accommodate. All the best

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M
London
50 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

A bright and lovely pub - service was a bit slow but it was an exceptionally warm Sunday lunchtime. Food is okay, nothing to shout home about - the roast chicken that my partner ordered looked alright and decently sized and I got the flat iron steak (bit tough) and chunky chips (deliciously crisp and not overdone). Priced for the West Hampstead crowd but you’re paying for the atmosphere really.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I normally recommend it but sunday we waited 2 hours for our orders and it has been really unacceptable

AR
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, polite, friendly staff
Only issue for myself and my guest was we couldn't hear each other speak! It was very loud in there!

h
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The service and food were excellent. It was quite busy for a Valentines night, but the staff were very attentive and the atmosphere was lovely, would definitely recommend coming back here again.

RR
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely amazing. The squid salad starter, our fish mains, pannacotta dessert... top notch. Great friendly staff, friendly atmosphere and dog friendly... the Black Lion is our new regular local! Thanks guys and girls for taking care of us.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday roast - one of the best I’ve had!

EC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely laid back place to eat and drink - lots of space and a fab outside area both front and back! My go to local venue! Staff are really friendly too!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun place with delicious food and great service!

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Phenomenal food.. a little loud because of the Quiz but a very enjoyable meal nonetheless!

c
London
47 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good sunday lunch!

P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect roast beef dinner and excellent friendly service as always

MS
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We reserved a table on Sunday night to have a roast. When we arrived and confirmed our reservation - no one told us that they had ‘run out of food’ and wouldn’t be serving. So we sat outside and purchased drinks and then when we went to order food - they then told us then kicthen had closed due to a lack of food and plates... At least ring the people with reservations to let them know you don’t have any food left OR tell us whenever we arrive so we don’t waste money on drinks when there is no food available!

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We came as a group of friends to have a Sunday roast only to find they were out of roasts. So we order the burger to find out 5min later that they are out of the burger. Finally we order the prawn linguine ... only to find they are out of the linguine too!

On top of that we were sitting for a good 15min before someone came to the table to take our drinks order.

SL
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Look at the size of that bone in the pie we ordered, that’s when the meal came to an end!
Small apology offered.. and that was it. Shocked!

KS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable, enjoyable atmosphere... a pub to suit all needs.

J
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely meal but quite loud in the bar area. Would recommend

c
London
47 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice sunday lunch here last sunday!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a brilliant Sunday lunch with my family. Had good vegetarian options for myself and my sister and the staff were friendly and enthusiastic about the food. Over all a great meal.

L
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch as ever in a nice sunny spot. Food was delivered incredibly fast! Good service and friendly welcome.

n
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked the Black Lion for Sunday lunch before a game at Wembley. The food was excellent. Service was fast and friendly and the restaurant had a really relaxed feel. We sat indoors but they have a nice outdoor area away from the road. What a great find, will definitely go back.

D
London
38 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Visited during an England World Cup match but had booked a table with a good view of the screen. Service was good even though the pub was crowded and rowdy.
Options chosen from the menu - fish of the day and burgers went down well.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Lion was a perfect place to watch the World Cup! TOP SERVICE and table! Thank you

M
London
50 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pub is always buzzing with people - great atmosphere but means they can run out of popular options. Food is tasty and well seasoned (fish pie was slightly too salty!) but a little over-priced for a neighbourhood eatery, West Hampstead’s not quite ready to be Islington! Would still come back if I’m in the area as it is reliably good.

CA
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing staff, and always such a warm welcome. On a Sunday I can really recommend the chicken roast to share... get a second bottle and stay into the evening for the quiz.

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