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Campaign for Real Ale

Kilburn’s Grade II* pub wins local CAMRA award

Tuesday 24 January 2023

The Black Lion in Kilburn is one of London’s most stunning pubs. It’s probably worthy of being called a ‘gin palace’ and now this Grade II* building has been acknowledged, not for its gin, but for its beer. The North London Branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale has awarded the Black Lion the Winter Pub of the Season Award choosing it from hundreds of real ale pubs in the Branch area.

David, London Village Inns’ General Manager (left) accepts the Award from Branch Chairman, Colin Coyne

Colin Coyne, Chair of North London CAMRA, said “London Village Inns took over the pub last year and it’s a real pleasure to see what they have done for the pub. They have spruced up its fantastic interior with its rich ceiling, etched and cut glass and four splendid copper relief panels; it’s a real treat for the eyes. They also have installed new handpumps selling cask beer from breweries in London and the South East, making it a treat for the palate as well. We are delighted to make this award to the Black Lion team for running such a great pub and bringing life to the north part of the High Road”.

CAMRA Members celebrate the Award in the usual fashion.

Spending on the Black Lion has also included the kitchen and dining room plus an outside seating area and investment is continuing with twelve boutique bedrooms due to open in 2023.

David, London Village Inns’ General Manager said “We feel so honoured to have won the North London CAMRA’s award for Pub of the Season. When we reopened The Black Lion, it was our mission to make sure not only did we create a beautiful pub that serves amazing food and beers. But we wanted to also create a welcoming atmosphere for all of our customers. We really hope you all enjoy the pub as much as we do. Thanks again North London CAMRA”.

The Black lion from the outside.

London Village Inns are no strangers to running pubs. They operating six thriving diverse pubs in addition to the Black Lion; all are in London and all bar one is in North London (it’s in Brixton).

For further details contact: Colin Coyne (CAMRA) 07973 831082, ku.gro.armac.nodnolhtron@namriahc. Black Lion 020 3876 8204

Extra Facts 1. CAMRA is the Campaign for Real Ale and is a volunteer membership organisation with over 200 volunteer branches across the UK and over 140,000 members.

2. CAMRA nationally was formed in 1971. It exists to promote good beer, protect pubs and defend consumer rights.       

3. The North London branch of CAMRA covers most of the North London postcodes plus WC1 and parts of WC2, and has almost 700 pubs in it.

4. The full address of the Black Lion is 274 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 2BY

5. The pub dates from 1898 and is listed by CAMRA as having an historic pub interior of national importance as well as being Grade II* listed by Historic England.

6. Opening hours are currently 4pm to midnight Monday- Friday; noon – midnight Saturday; noon -11pm Sunday

7. For more details on the pub, visit:

8. London Village Inns also run the Wrestlers (Highgate), Rose & Crown (Stoke Newington), Jolly Butchers (Stoke Newington), Brownswood (Green Lanes), Crown & Anchor (Brixton) and the Westbury (Wood Green).