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The Black Lion NW6, London,

The Black Lion NW6

4.5
4.5
273 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Located in the heart of West Hampstead, The Black Lion offers great food - cooked with care by Head Chef Armend & the team - and a fantastic drinks selection, including fine wines, craft beers and creative cocktails, served in a relaxed & friendly style. We have a back garden that benefits from the sun setting over it in the evening, a front terrace that is sun-kissed in the mornings, perfect for a spot of brunch, and a cosy dining area for those perfect Sundays.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub, Contemporary British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Brunch Sat 10:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7435 4389

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    West Hampstead

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    <br>West Hampstead Underground and Overground Thameslink

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 273 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • North West London

    Best Value

  • North West London

    Healthy

  • North West London

    Great for Lunch

  • North West London

    Outdoor Dining

  • North West London

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • North West London

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. EG

    EvieGrace

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is truly a hidden gem in West Hampsted, reasonable prices, relaxed atmosphere, always sport on the tele and great service.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded todayHi Evie, Thank you so much for the very kind words! We really do appreciate it. It's our pleasure to take care of you when you visit and we look forward to seeing you again really soon for more great times! Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  2. P

    Pam1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a brilliant time at the Black Lion. We went along for a Sunday roast. We booked it after reading some good reviews, and we absolutely loved it. It was buzzy but not overcrowded, the food was gorgeous (we wanted the triple roast but they had run out of chicken, so I had the roast pork belly which was amazing, and my friend had a compromise double roast with pork and beef, which was also delicious). The only thing missing was a crumble and custard for dessert, but the sticky toffee pudding was lovely. Everyone looking after us was friendly and efficient, and by the time we left we were making plans to come back.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded 6 days agoPam!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sunday was absolutely crazy, first frosty weekend so we were slammed on the roasts and the pub quiz was sold out. Please, please, and please again, come back and see us :) Christian and The Black Lion family.

  3. w

    wendyhippo

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    booked for the Sunday lunch, stayed for the quiz; both very enjoyable. Food very tasty, well presented and arrived quickly, good portion size too. Good selection of beers on offer. And for the quiz, we were well out of our depth, but it was still funny to be part of
  4. MB

    MaryB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was not very good, very little meat on my dish considering how much the bill cost at the end of the meal, very expensive
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and the food was excellent - highly recommend.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on August 28, 2022Amazing to hear,I really appreciate your lovely words about us. See you soon. Christian and the Black Lion guys

  6. AN

    AndreeaN

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Bland food, unhelpful staff. Really disappointing experience
  7. EC

    EmmaC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the Black Lion provides great atmosphere and service - with a wide selection of drinks and a great menu, it is my ‘go to venue’!

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 29, 2022Thanks Emma you legend, catch you back here when you're next in. Christian and crew

  8. GC

    GabrielleC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service and delicious food and drink! The friendliest and most helpful staff, we will be back!

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 21, 2022Hi Gabrielle, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's really lovely to hear that you enjoyed your food and drink and I am so happy to hear that the staff took care of you so well. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  9. S

    Sublime

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    West Hampstead local pub venue with outdoor dining and excellent food and beverages. Regrettably understaffed and no coffee…possibly an indication of the challenges facing the hospitality industry due to BREXIT, COVID etc.
  10. RC

    RichardC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our dinner, service was a little slow, but the food was worth the wait. I had the sausage and mash, my wife had the grilled chicken. Both were presented well and tasted great.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 13, 2022Hi Richard, sorry to hear that the service speed let us down, much appreciate you still giving us a 5/5 based on our food quality. The kitchen crew is excellent and it's lovely to hear that our food is loved. See you soon.

  11. K

    Kbill

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Sunday roast. Gobble gobble. The best roast in West Hampstead, hands down. Plus the staff are beyond friendly. Well done BL!
  12. V

    Viola

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Due to delivery problems not all items on the card could be chosen, but we were served well and what we ordered tasted great. Live music was good! A bit too loud for conversations, but we enjoyed it. Friendly staff, nice place for a beer and dinner.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 16, 2022Hi Viola, Thanks so much for taking your time to leave us a review. We are really pleased to hear you enjoyed our food and it's great to know that the staff looked after you well. Apologies that we were low on a few items. Like most things these days, suppliers come up short due to import issues and sometimes a lack of delivery drivers. We hope that all of this blows over soon! Your kind words really mean a lot. Thanks again. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  13. F

    Fibonacci

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Friendly and helpful staff. Delicious wine and summery drinks. Even sitting in the front garden it wasn’t too noisy.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 7, 2022Thanks so much, really glad to hear you appreciated our drink selection and our garden, bring on the summer! Christian

  14. JW

    JenniferW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff made us very welcome and were very attentive

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 13, 2022That's great to hear Jennifer, we are super happy that you got a friendly and attentive welcome at our home away from home. See you soon.

  15. DM

    DianeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday roast was amazing as usual and the guys went out of their way to accommodate us, always a pleasure, next best thing to having lunch at home! See you soon

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 7, 2022Hi Diane, Thank you so much for your great review, I've just come onboard but have heard you're a regular. I met you yesterday when you were paying. Looking forward to having you both back with us. Christian

  16. WH

    WestHampstyLocal

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot, excellent food, nice selection of drinks. Good energy all around.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on May 30, 2022Hi there, We really appreciate such great feedback and it's great to know that you enjoyed our food and drinks selection. We pride ourselves on fresh ingredients and great local drinks products. Look forward to seeing you soon - pop in any time and say 'Hi' Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  17. M

    Mick

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time at the Black Lion before yesterday’s play off final at Wembley. We were seated outside and food was prompt and good value. Excellent range of beers and Aaron couldn’t have been more helpful…he even printed off our tickets. 5 stars

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on June 7, 2022So glad to hear that you guys had a blast with us, I'll be pleased to pass on the message to Aaron. See you guys soon. Christian

  18. JS

    JimS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pre-match food and drink ahead of Wembley visit. Made to feel welcome by excellent staff, food brilliant.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on May 30, 2022Hi Jim, Thank you so much for leaving such great feedback - it was our pleasure looking after you pre-match, and we hope you and your folks had a good day out at Wembley. If you are ever in town again we'd love to have you back. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  19. CW

    ClairW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff went over and beyond, the food was spectacular and a great day was had by all!

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on May 30, 2022Hi Claire, It's so lovely to hear that the staff took care of you so well. We are really glad that you enjoyed the food and your experience overall. Thanks so much for taking your time to leave us such a glowing review. We hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  20. j

    jerryg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, great beers, great venue - what else can you ask for on a glorious sunny afternoon

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on May 24, 2022Hi Jerry, What a great review - thank you so much for taking your time to let us know. The team and I are so happy to hear we looked after you well and our food, drink and everything else in between was enjoyed by you and your friends. We look forward to seeing you all soon for more of the same! Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  21. AK

    AKJ6

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. Service slow though. Would love more vegetarian options
  22. A

    Aitcha

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our Sunday lunch at the Black Lion. Really impressed wiht the quality of the food, the friendliness of the waiters and the ambience (outside in the sunshine). Will do this again soon!

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on May 13, 2022Hi Aitcha, Thank you so much for your amazing review! It's so nice to hear that you had a lovely Sunday with us and that the food was up to standard and the staff took care of you well. We can't wait to see you again soon. Please do say 'Hi' when you're back. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  23. CD

    CliffD

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our local which we visit regularly with friends and family. Always a warm welcome and good food and service.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on May 1, 2022Hi Cliff, Thank you so much for leaving us such great feedback. We're really glad we are one of your regular spots - that's what a pub should be for - looking after our locals and neighbours. Thanks again for taking your time to let us know how your experience with us was, it goes a long way. We look forward to seeing you, and the family and friends again soon. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  24. S

    S2ln

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed to find out half of the food menu was unavailable. Service was good
  25. MT

    MarceloT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The staff at the pub was nice. The food was nice but they didn’t have part of the food included in the chosen dish and they didn’t replace it for something else, and they charged us the same, which is not nice. We had to ask for things like cutlery, instead of those being brought to us, I was given a sparkling water and they didn’t even bring me a glass to drink it, just the bottle. I’m not sure I would return. Thanks

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on April 9, 2022Hi Marcelo, Thank you for your review. I'm really glad to hear the staff and food were nice on your visit. Apologies for running low on some ingredients. I can see you visited at 8pm on a Sunday. We are extremely busy over the weekend, especially Sunday day which means we occasionally do run low on some ingredients. I can only apologize for the cutlery and a glass not being provided straight away. That is our mistake, and a training issue which we will address. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  26. A

    Anon

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good Sunday roast and good choice of drinks. Pub was busy but not too noisy. Staff were attentive and helpful if a little overstretched. Only criticism was the wobbly table we sat at

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on March 29, 2022Hi there, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave us such a lovely review. It is really good to hear you had a nice time with us, and it's great to hear that the staff looked after you well on Mother's Day. Apologies for the wobbly table - admittedly the pub is due a bit of a refresh. The good news is that we have some exciting developments planned for August, and with those works, our wobbly tables will be replaced with brand new non-wobblers. Kind Regards Callum

  27. A

    Anonymous

    London

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Staff friendly and knowledgeable. The roast pork and halloumi fries were outstanding. V. good brownie dessert. Would go back.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on March 15, 2022Hi there, Thank you so much for your great review. We're really glad you enjoyed the roast pork and the halloumi. They are both staff favorites so you're on to a winner. We are especially glad the staff made you feel comfortable and you enjoyed a nice pudding as well. We really appreciate the feedback. Thank you again for taking your time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again when you return. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  28. JC

    JoanneC

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I had a fantastic time. The French sauvignon wine was great, the food bites were yummy. The live music was excellent. Cracking pub!

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on March 15, 2022Hi Joanne, Thank you for taking your time to leave such a great review. We're really glad you enjoyed the French sauvignon - we agree, it is a great drop of wine, especially when paired with food. It's great to hear that you enjoyed both with us. We love a bit of live music, which we have every Friday & Saturday. Hope to see you again soon for more good times. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  29. DT

    DonaldT

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food. Sausage & mash was delicious. Thanks to the very friendly & welcoming Callum for a great afternoon.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on February 22, 2022Hi Donald, Thank you so much for taking your time to review the pub. I'm really glad you enjoyed your experience, and it was a pleasure looking after you two. I can't thank you enough for the kind words - it goes a long way. Look forward to seeing you again soon for more of the same. Slainte! Kind Regards Callum

  30. BB

    BobB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Our server was great. Rose is wonderful. Very nice community.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on February 22, 2022Hi Bob, Thank you for your amazing review. I'm really glad you had a good time with us, and thank you for the kind words about Rose. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Callum

  31. p

    pubquizzer

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    One of the loveliest pubs in West Hampstead. The food was delicious, however unfortunately they had sold out of the majority of the menu (we ordered at 6.45 on Sunday) so there wasn’t much choice. Service was friendly but a bit slow.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on February 15, 2022Hi there, Thank you so much for your great review. We're really glad you enjoyed what food we had left - sometimes we can be very busy for Sunday food service. We have a brand new team in the kitchen, so once we get used to the way it works in West Hampstead, our offering will be lasting much longer on Sundays! Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  32. F

    Foodie

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great pub, nice ambience, staff excellent, food average but good value for money.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on February 15, 2022Hi there, Thank you so much for your great review. We're really glad you enjoyed the pub and the staff. Thanks for the feedback on the food. We're glad you found value in what you had. We have a brand new team in the kitchen, so once we get settled, our food offering will be amazing! Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  33. J

    Jack99

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Really nice pub. The fish&chips was disgusting. A part from the food, everything was all right.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on February 9, 2022Hi Jack, We thank you for the feedback and deeply apologise that our food was not up to our usual standard during your visit this time around. Please do come and see us again so that we can improve on your experience with us as we value you and hope to see you soon. Thank you kindly for the 4-stars; it is much appreciated! Kind Regards, Rose & The Team.

  34. BR

    BenR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink, bar man was immensely helpful with plenty of good humour. Will be back

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on February 4, 2022Hi Ben, Thank you very much for your amazing review. It's great to hear that you had a good time with us and enjoyed the atmosphere. See you when you come back for more of the same! Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as always. Best beef roast and service was excellent.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on January 25, 2022Hi there, Thank you very much for your awesome review! Really glad you had a great time with us and you enjoyed your roast. It's also lovely to hear that we looked after you well. We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  36. JM

    JoanneM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely food and friendly staff. Good atmosphere. We always go there when visiting the area. Good disabled facilities as well.👍

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on January 21, 2022Hi Joanne, Thanks for taking your time to leave us a great review. We really appreciate the feedback. Very happy to hear you enjoyed the food here and were welcomed by our lovely staff. Look forward to seeing you next time you're in the area. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  37. RD

    RichardD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service very expensive for a country pub meal

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on January 14, 2022Hi Richard, We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and that we looked after you well. We look forward to seeing you again - keep an eye out for our new menu launching in February. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  38. SB

    StephanieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Even though it was not the worst evening, the Xmas spirit did not effect the us. We were seated at the back of the Pub with barely any xmas decoration. Music was not running until we asked When staff was at the table they tried their best to accommodate us. But they were flying in and didn't check if we wanted more drinks apart from when the next dish got served. Where we had to ask if we could order more drinks. Not always were they asking the other guests at the table. Thefouod sounded amazing on the menu but it was not really noteworthy. The flavours of my duck salad was just not elaborate. The plums in in were raw, I would have suggested to sautée them give some acid to the sals ro contrast the duck meat... the main , I had the turkey dish, just looked like a random Sunday roast with the roast potatoes sometimes hard ro cut with the knife. I learned I really am not a fan of xmas pudding. A SHAME. I remembered the pub from 2 years ago when I attended a pub quiz. But today I got the impression a Christmas menu was offered because everybody does.

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on January 25, 2022Hi Stephanie, Thank you very much for your review - we really appreciate the feedback. I apologise that you didn't feel as festive as we would expect. The pub was going through a kitchen and management change at that time so unfortunately a few details were lost along the way. If you choose to visit again, look out for a brand new chef team, a brand new menu, and a reinvigorated Black Lion pub team, ready to look after you and make your visit one to remember. Kind Regards Callum & The Team

  39. TK

    TrishK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    The Food was good / tasty....but could have been Hotter. The Service was okay .....it was Busy and Appeared to be Short Staffed .

    The Black Lion NW6Responded on December 18, 2021Hi Trish, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are a little stretched at the moment but we appreciate your patience and are glad you enjoyed the food. We hope to be back to our usual service soon that we all strive to achieve and look forward to seeing you then!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really lovely roast! Unfortunately they ran out of the beef but were very accommodating.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Black Lion NW6 does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Black Lion NW6 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7435 4389.

The Black Lion NW6 is rated 4.5 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Black Lion NW6

295 West End Lane, London, NW6 1RD

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Hampstead

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Brunch Sat 10:00 am–1:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    West Hampstead Underground and Overground Thameslink

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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