During my recent trip to London, I had the pleasure of eating lunch at a very cosy pub called the Red Lion in Barnes. Now, I’m no pub expert, but I am an expert at coziness-and this place had lots of it. The interior of the pub was styled in dark wood, but wasn’t murky. Wonderful painted and arched windows, a regal looking fireplace, leather couches and a chandelier top off the cosy interior. The staff were super attentive and helpful without being creepy or too in your face. Plenty of outdoor seating under umbrellas or not, and just enough red lions statues to drive the theme home without the kitschy factor.
The brew selections included the full range of London Pride beers and many others-both British and international brands. While the menu was a bit pricey, the variety and selection was good for a pub. Warm mains and sandwiches along with a few vegetarian options.
Our sandwiches were served on grilled bread (brownie points) and sizable-but not overwhelming. Hand-cut chips (aka fries) were tasty too and not overly salty. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Red Lion Pub
Address: 2 Castelnau, Barnes, London, SW13 9RU
Phone: 020 8748 2984