Red Lion, Isleworth
Proving the best pubs are often off the main drag, here's a fine place hidden away in a suburban street in Isleworth. It's quite a large affair, made up of two bars, filled with a fair amount of original features and a pretty beer garden. We didn't think the red couches matched the rest of the decor very well, but overall it was a homely affair, helped in no uncertain terms by the friendly service. It's also a pub at the forefront of fostering the ever-growing link between blues music and real ale (perhaps Robert Johnson sold his soul for eternal CAMRA membership?); we sampled the latter rather than the former on our visit and had no complaints: we counted 8 ales on tap and those we sampled were as well kept as you'd hope. Entertainment also comes in the form of regular beer festivals, an amateur theatre group and a Thursday quiz night and is supplemented by some reasonably priced pub grub. Overall, the Red Lion is a very much unspoilt community pub and worth a detour if you happen to find yourself in TW7.
92-94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth, London, TW7 6QJ
020 8560 1457
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How to find the Red Lion pub
Exit Isleworth train station, turn right and take your first right down Linkfield Road. Keep going and you'll see the pub on your left.