Golden Lion, Penge
Once upon a time, the Lion was the only real-ale free-house for miles around. It was, in those days, run like a country pub; all the regulars' pewter pots hanging from the bar, and their heads firmly wedged up their own backsides. Several decades have slipped past and this part of Penge has been transformed by high-rise estates and social housing. The Golden Lion has been taken over by the local Caribbean community and is unrecognizable from its former self. Now, whatever else it is, it is a community pub, with a strong local following. However, have no doubt that, once they get to know you, everyone is welcome. You might get asked a few friendly questions, but once the locals have relaxed with you, you're going to be treated like an old friend. Inquire about the food and you'll quickly find yourself immersed in discussion with the landlady as to the best ways to cook and eat such delicacies as jerk chicken, goat curry and rice n' peas. Do what we did, and try them all! The food is delicious, generous and very reasonably priced. It's all served up with great charm and infectious good humour and best washed down with the ice cold Guinness, chased with a drop of rum. The Lion may have seen different days, but it's a friendly and vibrant part of a multicultural area. We miss the real-ale, but it probably wouldn't sit happily on a curried goat anyway.
61 Maple Road, Penge, London, SE20 8LA
020 8659 1790
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How to find the Golden Lion pub
From Penge East station, walk down St. Johns Road until you reach the High Street. Turn left, cross over and take the next right into Maple Road; the pub is two minutes' walk on your right.