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“Poor kitchen, but the pub is alright...”
Review of White Lion

White Lion
Ranked #1,366 of 23,015 Restaurants in London
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: You will find The White Lion in Covent Garden London within a short stroll of Covent Garden Tube, Long Acre and Floral Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The White Lion is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
Holmestrand, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Poor kitchen, but the pub is alright...”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

This tourist pub in Covent Garden has ok atmosphere when you stay downstairs in the pub. The restaurant at second floor is tiny and crowded, and the food is quite poor.

  • Visited October 2012
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good fish & chips”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We ate here last night (27th) while waiting to see Matilda. We had looked around Covent Garden but decided that it might be cheaper a little bit further away. As we had already passed this olde worlde pub earlier we gave it a try. The dining room is upstairs and although small became quite busy. I don't agree with some of the other reviews as the fish & chips was lovely and the beef pie also looked tasty. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the sticky toffee pudding was yummy. The waitress was friendly, even though she was very busy. Would definitely recommend if in the Covent Garden area.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Sharon W
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Swansea, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Let down by cold veg”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Business lunch - looked great but the veg was cold. My guest had a great looking pie and I think had a better meal than me

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Asuncion, Paraguay
Level 6 Contributor
866 reviews
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“really bad food”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

The waiters try hard and they are really friendly and efficient, but the food is just really bad - and don't fall for the fish and chips which is pretty indigestible. The atmosphere is your average British pub and the location is - truth be told - perfect.

  • Visited September 2012
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Coventry
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170 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Lovely English pub for people watching”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Covent Gardens are always busy and packed. We popped into this little pub for a relaxing pint and to people watch. Inside the pub is very small, and no seating area outside, but like in a lot of London pubs, people seem to all stand outside drinking their drink and watching the world go around.

The bar staff were very friendly and served us quickly. They also didnt hesitate in allowing me to sample some beers which id not tried before, before settling on the pint of my choice.

Certainly would return here again.

  • Visited September 2012
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