Red Lion, Shoreditch
But it was the food, gentle reader, that has prompted me to write this, my first ever pub review. Quite simply the worst pizza I have ever seen or tasted, accompanied by the meanest nastiest cheesy chips.
It started badly: pretty much half the menu was off. I went for the veggie pizza. The food arrived 40 minutes later (apparently because the kitchen was busy, though I don't think they were busy cooking food because not a single person I saw was eating). The pizza was missing two of the promised ingredients; and when I pointed this out the bar-man simply said 'oh, she [presumably the woman busy in the kitchen] was here a minute ago; she's not here any more'. No further remedy offered. No reduction in price, no whisking off the pizza to add promised toppings. Nothing. What I got was a pizza base topped with tomato puree (almost certainly out of a tin - but that's OK in itself) - with the addition of raw mushrooms and raw red onion, all cooked up by putting it under the grill (at least I think that's the only way you end up with dry and yet undercooked mushrooms and red onions). Awful. The cheesy chips were greasy and tired, with a dribble, not much more, of melted cheese on top. So definitely avoid the food; try to avoid the toilets; and if you insist on drinking here, prepare for the potential of a loong wait at the bar. Perhaps the cocktails redeem the place; I don't know.
Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, London, N1 6NH
Leave by an Old Street (East) exit and down Old Street, past the fire station. When you get to the main junction, with the traffic lights, take the left hand fork down Old Street Street. Carry on along Old Street until you get to the traffic lights at the junction with Curtain Road on your right. Turn left into Hoxton Street and the pub is on the left hand corner at the first junction