Black Lion

Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard: Hours, Address, Black Lion Reviews: 4.5/5

12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Andrew
7 contributions
Fantastic for ale drinkers.
Sep 2021
Excellent beer and good company in a comfortable setting. There is a good choice of draught ales and bottles too. Also a good selection of proper ciders. Other customers were friendly and chatty.
Written September 22, 2021
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK939 contributions
Lion comes out of Lockdown
Apr 2021 • Friends
Well, Covid hasn’t dampened the spirit of the Black Lion. It’s still the same excellent real ale, real cider, customer service and friendly atmosphere. When we visited in early May 2021, in keeping with the regulations at the time, we were only allowed to drink outdoors in the beer garden and had to check in, sanitise and follow the one way system which all felt very safe and organised. Staff are quick to disinfect tables when customers leave. Dress for the weather though, because outdoor drinking can be a chilly experience. Despite this we had an excellent time and very much look forward to being allowed back indoors! Helpfully, you can also take in food from locally sourced suppliers to eat with your drinks. Dogs are also welcome - biscuits and water bowls supplied.
Written May 13, 2021
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Steve5aa
Leighton Buzzard, UK60 contributions
Fantastic Pub
Dec 2020 • Couples
Always made welcome, staff always attentive. COVID safe, in between lockdowns felt safe ales as always spot on. Gin bar a must!!
Written December 21, 2020
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he115
Chatham, UK22 contributions
The pub you wish you could take home with you!
Oct 2020 • Friends
We found this pub purely by chance, we were in the area for a Flyaflight.com booking, and thought we should have a look at Leighton Buzzard afterwards, you know when you look at a pub from the outside and it looks right, well this one certainly is! Covid-19 rules followed on arrival and throughout, the whole atmosphere of the pub cried efficiency and quality, which was reflected in the superb condition of the three pints of beer that I had and the lovely samosas that were available, aided by a cosy open fire and friendly ambience from the staff on duty! It was a real wrench to leave and go home back to Kent, an area which is now sadly devoid of these types of pubs and all the poorer for it! This pub is a true gem and an asset to the staff and the town, I highly recommend anyone to visit if in the vicinity of Leighton Buzzard! As my title says "I wish I could take this pub home eith me" ! Keep up the good work!
Written November 16, 2020
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Richie LH
Great Malvern, UK227 contributions
Good Pub with Great Atmosphere BUT why the Bombay Mix on the Bar?
Mar 2020
A local mate of mine said we just had to go to the 'best pub in town'. Yes, the beers were good, the atmosphere for a Saturday afternoon was buzzing (pun intended) and we looked at the gin palace and beer garden. Excellent location right in the High Street, with attentive staff, quick to serve and they knew their beer. BUT one thing did irk me. In this day of a contagious virus and thoughts of hygiene, containment and cleanliness, why did the pub put out a big bowl of communal Bombay Mix for people to stick their hands in and eat from it? It just did not make sense unless it was designed to do the herd theory and infect a number of punters in a short space of time?

Sorry, I just didn't get it. Will probably make a return visit but think I'll wait till they remove communal dipping bowls and sort out their response to the virus.
Written March 16, 2020
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cappielowking i
Milton Keynes, UK9 contributions
Never had a bad pint in here
Mar 2020 • Solo
Never had a bad beer in here and that's a high compliment to any pub. They take great care of the beer on offer. Always welcome and accommodating to anyone particularly the local community and a t clubs. The only beer I've ever not liked in here is because of not liking the beer not the quality of the beer! Pork pies are on point. This is a proper pub and proper pub experience!
Written March 1, 2020
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Steve B
Salisbury, UK82 contributions
Beers and Pork Pie
Mar 2020 • Friends
Nipped in for a quick pint and a snack. Lovely looking pub, friendly quick staff, great ales and a massive pork pie (will share one next time)
Definitely worth a visit if you are visiting Leighton Buzzard. I will be going back there again.
Written March 1, 2020
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Fleurie10
3 contributions
Disappointing NYE
Dec 2019
We normally love this pub. There is a great mix of customers and a lively atmosphere. We went to the Christmas tree event and also on Christmas eve. On both occasions the place was buzzing. The NYE party, however, was a completely different affair. Whether it was a ticketing policy that enabled large groups of twenty somethings to bulk buy and set up their own private party, the almost complete absence of regular customers, a lack of any live music apart from some very tired karaoke or the 'laddish' theme, I don't know, but for most of the people around us the event fell completely flat. There was even a 'fight', something I've never witnessed there before.

Most of the events at this pub are fabulous. I just feel they got this one wrong.
Written January 1, 2020
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Thank you for your feed back it is appreciated. We’ve done a ticketed night on NYE for the last 6 years, no complaints till now. I feel I went above and beyond to have our regulars spend NYE with us, we created a waiting list and replied to everyone regarding tickets, I under sell this event so our regulars don’t have to rush to buy tickets. We had 4 areas all offering something different. Dj, props, dance floor one side of the pub, opposite side normal. Garden: cushions, lanterns, no music. Gin house, chilled reggae vibe, I say chilled, I’ve seen a great video of some non 20 somethings dancing behind the gin bar. When marketing this event I put posters up in advance of tickets. Staff told our regulars when tickets go on sale, so they get first chance to buy them. we don’t push it on social media. The ticket and the poster states Dj, fancy dress and karaoke it doesn’t mention live music. The 20 somethings, have been coming every year and are always welcome. The largest group to walk through the door was 9, all lovely lads and girls from very respected families in the town. From looking at the photos taken during the evening I can only see people of all ages having fun. One chap I must admit didn’t look happy but didn’t complain, just tutted a lot, always one. Yes there was a scuffle between two regulars not in their 20s. Nobody was hurt i banged their heads together and it was sorted. Somebody rang the police and the police didn’t see it necessary to take it further. I will say Dan the Dj has done exactly what we have wanted for the last 3 years, just a heads up, I’ve booked him again. Maybe our NYE nights aren’t for you. Thank you for taking the time to read my response On behalf of myself and the staff i hope 2020 is a good year for you.
Written January 2, 2020
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Dan M
5 contributions
Best drink selection in LB
Dec 2019 • Couples
Amazing selection of beers and many many specialist gins. Lovely beer garden and staff with personality. Comfortably the best pub in LB
Written December 17, 2019
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Peter M
Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom141 contributions
Easily the best pub in Leighton Buzzard
Dec 2019 • Couples
There’s a reason this pub has been the local area CAMRA pub of the year for the last five years running. The beer is well kept, there’s usually a choice of styles, they change pretty regularly and there are lots of alternatives if you’re not there for the real ale. Dog friendly, lovely staff, great building. Highly recommend.
Written December 7, 2019
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