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The Old White Lion (Bar, Restaurant)

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121 Great North Road, Finchley, London, N2 0NW
Cuisine: Pub
Tel: 020 8883 6459 | Email to The Old White Lion | Transport: East Finchley | Write review

The Old White Lion Review

Top 10 things you should know about the Old White Lion pub:

1) The things I do for food, like venturing out to East Finchley, the less attractive neighbour to Hampstead, to check out the Old White Lion pub.

2) The Old White Lion should really be named the New White Lion because it recently had a makeover worthy of a double page spread in an interior magazine.

3) When I arrived, I was happy. It was perfect. A city pub with a sophisticated country feel, some glamour, a roaring fire, plenty of diverse beers to enjoy, a BIG beer garden and a wonderfully diverse menu. The new Old White Lion is embracing the London pub scene with fervour and it is brilliant.

4) From the menu, I decided on something that I can never turn down: a squid starter. My accomplice; the vegetable soup. The soup was warming, rustic and extremely pleasing whilst my squid had a fantastic crunch with every bite and a gorgeous mayo dip on the side.

5) Whilst waiting for my main, I had a glass or two of prosecco which helped the slightly long wait easier.

6) My main of southern fried chicken was crunchy, extremely well cooked but under seasoned. I’m beginning to think London needs a few trips abroad to the Deep South to learn how to get fried chicken seasoning just right. The fries and onion rings were, thankfully, cooked to perfection.

7) My guest’s sausage and mash slightly missed the mark as the beer mash clashed with the red wine gravy, making for a confusing plate of food. Remember, never mix grape and grain.

8) The sides were the winner. Coleslaw, fries and mac n’ cheese. The coleslaw was wonderfully creamy but not sickening and the mac was very cheesy. The delicious sides made the main better. A triumph for the newly improved menu.

9) Full but not beaten, I had the sticky toffee pudding dessert which was sadly adequate. I’ve had better. It was the kind of dessert you get with a starter and main in a boxed food meal deal from Asda for £5, so I didn’t finish.

10) By time I left, you could’ve rolled me down the road. I was full, sleepy and happy. Was the food as impressive as the new look pub? It was all right, but with a few more changes, this new old pub could be someone’s new favourite weekend eatery.
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