Red Lion pub in Leytonstone, Waltham Forest, hosted Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, Genesis and Yes

Pub that hosted Led Zeppelin hopes to revive music scene

Pub that hosted Led Zeppelin hopes to revive music scene

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A pub which has in the past played host to some of the world’s biggest bands says it is hoping to revive the local music scene. 

The Red Lion, in High Road, Leytonstone, hosted one of Led Zeppelin’s first ever gigs and can also count Roxy Music, Genesis and Yes among its visitors.

But nowadays it enjoys a slightly quieter life, with the quality of its ales and the friendly service its main attractions.

General Manager James Chitty said: “Faceless chain pubs aren’t inviting, they’re not cosy, they’re not offering anything personal or anything to the community – that’s where we step in.

“Our big beer list is part of what we offer that others don’t – all our ales are guest ales on a permanent rotation and after we finish one cask we put on something completely different.”

Mr Chitty said he hoped the pub would soon be able to refurbish the once famous upstairs ballroom and host local bands - but until then he insisted there is plenty going on to keep patrons entertained.

He said the old style pub was an outdated concept and now pubs have to be family friendly and have food and a garden.

He said the beer, which comes from independent London breweries and craft breweries, offers something people can’t usually get in the area and that they were open to putting anything new on if it was different.

He added that the bar slightly resembles a living room, but in all the right ways – reclaimed furniture, well-loved wooden floor boards and real roses on every table.

The pub also hosts a weekly quiz, Sunday acoustic sessions and serves traditional Sunday roasts.

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9:40am Tue 4 Jun 13

rickwookie says...

Unused upstairs ballroom? What happened to the sea of pool tables?!
Unused upstairs ballroom? What happened to the sea of pool tables?! rickwookie
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10:21am Tue 4 Jun 13

J Mark Dodds says...

Great to hear about pubs like the Red Lion doing good things with beer... most pubs in the UK are tied to pub companies whose terms and conditions prevent them from selling a wide range of interesting ales and this is what in part is killing pubs all over the country.

The government is onto what Pubco's are up to and asking people to complete a questionnaire on what they think should happen in legislation.

Fair Deal For Your Local has been set up by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Federation of Small Business (FSB) among others to help regular people - pub goers and beer drinkers who care about pubs and the damage their closing does to communities - to send their views. www.fairdealforyourl
ocal.com the questionnaire takes a couple of minutes and you can register your support for a Fair Deal in a matter of moments...

Invest five minutes now and ensure that more pubs like the Red Lion get the chance to thrive into the future.
Great to hear about pubs like the Red Lion doing good things with beer... most pubs in the UK are tied to pub companies whose terms and conditions prevent them from selling a wide range of interesting ales and this is what in part is killing pubs all over the country. The government is onto what Pubco's are up to and asking people to complete a questionnaire on what they think should happen in legislation. Fair Deal For Your Local has been set up by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Federation of Small Business (FSB) among others to help regular people - pub goers and beer drinkers who care about pubs and the damage their closing does to communities - to send their views. www.fairdealforyourl ocal.com the questionnaire takes a couple of minutes and you can register your support for a Fair Deal in a matter of moments... Invest five minutes now and ensure that more pubs like the Red Lion get the chance to thrive into the future. J Mark Dodds
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1:07pm Tue 4 Jun 13

Cornbeefur says...

Maybe open one on the M11?

Wetherspoons are opening one on a Motorway now.
Maybe open one on the M11? Wetherspoons are opening one on a Motorway now. Cornbeefur
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