Fullers London Pride, Adnams Broadside, Goachers Best Dark Ale, Courage Directors,
Close to the river, the Black Lion is a popular pub for its location, garden and food. It has a car park too, a rarity in these parts. It was built at least 200 years ago on the site of a piggery and it's thought the pig farmer started brewing as a sideline, but soon decided to change his career.
There is one, open bar which divides naturally in to three areas, each has a mix of low ceiling, bare floorboards and panelling, creating the atmosphere of a cosy country pub. The most distinctive is the long room at the rear, formerly a skittle alley and once home to the Black Lion Skittle Club. Alas, commercial pressures saw its demise. There’s a pleasant seating area outside under a very old, gnarled chestnut tree, thought to be older than the pub itself.
The Black Lion has a rather unfortunate ghost story. Two hundred years ago, Francis Smith, an excise officer, decided to investigate the supernatural goings on nearby and lay in wait for the ghost, gun at the ready. In the dead of night the ghost appeared. He fired, killing a dust covered bricklayer, by the name of Thomas Milward. His body was taken to the Black Lion inn.
The Black Lion is an heraldic sign of Queen Philippa, wife of Edward III, although any royal connection with the pub is unknown. Author A.P. Herbert, who lived locally, adapted the name to the 'Black Swan' in The Water Gypsies The Black Lion -
Very taken by this pub. Popped in one summer's afternoon, before going to the evening racing at Windsor. A very welcoming interior, a very jolly and polite barman/landord, and the whole place had the feel of a decent, true local pub. Alas, there are a good few pubs I have not been in anywhere near enough, this is one of them.
The Black LionHoraceThrockmorton,
Lovely BBQs in summer and a great selection of changing beers. Not a bad spot to watch the Boat Race.