The Red Lion Leytonstone

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The ‘local’ is an age-old part of British tradition. At the centre of the community it is a place that we head to for some filling fare, quenching drinks and a generally good knees-up! At The Red Lion we have bought this tried and tested formula into the 21st century. Since our humble beginnings in 2011 we have transformed this previously neglected grand old building into the bustling hub of Leytonstone.

Our kitchen serves an ever-changing menu in keeping with seasonal produce and tastes. Our chefs use nothing but fresh seasonal ingredients. Don’t miss our Sunday feasts with a delectable selection of roast meats and equally delicious vegetarian fare, all dished up with Bloody Marys and board games. With the more formal dining area combined with casual bar seating and our rather impressive beer garden (apologies for the humility!) you’re spoilt for choice. We offer table service inside and have a separate lunch and dinner menu. Keep an eye out for our artisan bar snacks perfect to accompany a pint with.

Beer fans rejoice! With ten hand pumps, five guest keg lines and an innovative range of bottled beers, our ethos is simple; consistently high standards, taste and choice. Artisan wines and spirits make up our expansive core range alongside our own house selection, so you can choose your own delectable tipple. Cider lovers never fear; we have a great range of keg, box and bottled ciders. For a full list of beverages, please see our drinks menu.

At The Red Lion we recognise our place in the community, not just as a business but as a place to meet, eat and be merry. Our events allow us to bring people from the local area, and often further afield, together in an enjoyable and memorable atmosphere. From hosting some of the biggest names in hip hop, to throwing New Year’s parties of epic proportions, we’ve always got a surprise up our sleeve.  No one’s ever excluded with events spanning the Leytonstone festival, our quirky Monday quiz night and our appreciative charity Christmas dinner for the areas’ older residents. Keep an eye on this page for all event happenings!


640 High Road, Wanstead, London, E11 3AA

020 8988 2929 020 8988 2929


Opening Times

Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Thurs -12M Sat -1am) Fri 4pm-1am


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7 Reviews 


13 June 2021  
Food & Drink 1
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 1
Value 1
Avoid like the plague

Rude staff mocking customers for their mental health. Manager needs to be sacked immediately.  Please contact for more info if required

Fiona S

15 June 2017  
Lovely ambience, live music and roast dinners are sooo good.

Nicholas F

07 April 2012  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 2
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
Good pub, but the service needs attention (food)

Ellen F

01 April 2012  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
great pub just what this area needs very famliy friendly by day and also great at night the food is fantastic and the service is great all the staff are lovely and a good crowd in there in the evening love the decor or lack of it shabby not false real shabby if u no what i mean best pub in the area quite a mixed age group in there very nice

mary M

04 December 2011  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Blimey, the food in the Red Lion is so good. Just had lunch with a friend in my new local and every single component of my vegetarian Sunday roast had it's own special flavour and presentation. So interesting identifying the different herbs, mainly sage in the walnut and squash roast I believe although the chef apparently varies these and ,even more interesting (lol) alcohol additions; orange and port in the braised red cabbage for example. The apple pie contained rum and the creme Anglaise, was to die for. Well done Lennart, you're a real professional. Good value and for meat eaters three or four roast joints from which to choose. I must mention the staff team who I have met on other occasions. It makes for a special experience when everyone seems to like each other and this seems to permeate throughout. So nice to be served by happy young people who treat all their customers with friendliness and attentive service. Thank you Mark, Lennart and the gang

Lunchie B

10 November 2011  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
I really don't know how Antic have done this but they've taken one of the worst pubs in the world and turned it into a place full of quirky charm and cracking atmosphere. As a frequenter of Leytonstone's pubs for some time now, I'd almost resigned myself to seeing out my days in the North Star (good little local) whilst letting the young 'uns, OAPs et alia get on with the serious business of getting wrecked in the likes of the local Wetherspoon's and O'Neill's. And I can only applaud Antic's demographic research – who are these people in the Red Lion and where have they been all this time? As for eating out, apart from some good Indians and a relatively recent decent Turkish place, we've tended to head for Wanstead in search of something a bit more varied. We'd already been won over by the Red Lion way before the kitchen even opened – bar staff are friendly and on the case and there always seems to be plenty of them (hooray!). We've now eaten there 3 times and haven't been disappointed in any of the dishes. It's not trying to turn out anything other than good pub food, sometimes a bit more adventurous (I had an open venison pie with chocolate and chilli sauce recently – mmmm, darkly satisying) but mainly unpretentious and hearty stuff (pork chop with lentils is just what you need as the nights try to get a bit colder). You can get the old favourites (a perfectly decent burger for example) or steak and chips (which I haven't tried yet but it takes even a devoted glutton like me a while to work my way through the menu – give me a break!). It's also nice to see a half-pint of prawns with chilli aioli as a starter, great if you don't want to stuff yourself too much before the main event, the peeling of them adding to the fun . On a bizarre side note, The Boy was just pulling the heads off and then happily eating the prawns with their shells still on. Each to his own, I guess – he does open bottles with his teeth as well. What sort of monster have I raised?! Service has been very good each time we've visited, with just a couple of minor gripes such as accompanying potatoes not arriving and taking the scenic route once chased up (this only happened once, I must add). Price-wise it's cracking value for money. I ate food of a similar quality at Bumpkin in Westfield recently and paid a few quid more for each course for the privilege. I won't be going back there but i will be heading back to the Red Lion.

Mary R

02 November 2011  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Leytonstone has been crying out for something like this for so long and I only hope that they do well. Overall the food was good, fantastic steak, but some small things – e.g over cooked new potatoes. I do look forward to going again.
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