Sometimes all you need in your life is a good hearty pub meal. There is something about homely food and classic dishes that just warms the soul. Pubs are typically noisy places full of laughter, good food and flowing drinks making you feel right at home, a place where everyone knows the regulars and the staff know your order.
When I was invited to The Black Lion I found that things are a little different. While the staff are friendly and the decor is modern yet warm and inviting when we visited it was lacking the atmosphere you would expect of a pub as it was quite and even the other diners who were there spoke in very hushed tones – though I would put this down to it being only just opened.
Marketed as an American Pub their food menu is far more inspired by typical British pub grub than it is from the shores of the states with dishes including fish, chips & mushy peas, lamb hotpot and fish pie there was no sign of brisket, meatloaf or gourmet hotdogs that you would expect from an American establishment and while there was mac ‘n’ cheese, coleslaw and a burger the whole thing didn’t feel very American inspired.
With a variety of menus including a late night “lock in” menu served from 11am with the perfect munchies for after a night of drinking including melts and kebabs The Black Lion makes sure you’re always fed.
Their drinks menu includes some twists on the classic cocktails including the pear mule which is dry and delicious, their house made gingerbeer is just spicy enough to have a kick to it and the pear liqueur is subtly sweet. They also have a selection of craft beers and serve Thatchers cider.
Having ordered it didn’t take long for our food to arrive, at least not as long as it took for our drinks, we had a burger and the fish and chips. The food was brilliant, very simply presented and packed with flavour. The burger was well cooked and served with yummy hand cut fries and the fish and chips was wonderful, crispy batter, well seasoned and the fish was perfect inside and the chips were wonderful, perfectly cooked and very reminiscent of a classic British chippy. As a side we also ordered a portion of the red cabbage & walnut slaw which was okay, it was really under seasoned though and needed just a touch of salt.
I enjoyed the apple pie which was on the menu supposed to be served with pouring cream but came with ice cream instead (the pouring cream would have been much more appreciated) it was warm and comforting with the perfect ratio of cinnamon to apple. We also had the baked vanilla cheesecake salted caramel crumble, can I just say that crumble is the best thing you will ever taste.
While the food was excellent having every single member of staff come over to check our meal was okay every five minutes became incredibly irritating as well as our waiter changing three times in the hour and a half we were there. The bar was a little slow, one of the bartenders was being trained while we were there and there seems to be very little seating for a pub, in that way it felt more like a bar; if you ever ventured to Bapas it has now become The Black Lion but you will still recognised the funky decor.
If I lived or worked down that end of town I could easily see this place becoming a regular stop during my week, great food and a comfortable yet sophisticated place to stop in for after work drinks. I have to say though, I will be heading down to their brunch on a Friday and grabbing the girlfriends to enjoy their ladies night offering on a Wednesday.
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated, but all opinions are my own.