Red Lion13 St Marys Road
Known as Stage Six (Ealing Studios originally having five stages), the Red Lion was the watering hole of the good and the great of the British film industry during the Ealing Comedy era. The BBC followed with Z Cars, Porridge and Colditz along with many other classics. The pub’s interior is testament to this long association with photographs on several walls. More recently stars and production staff from Downton Abbey, Burke & Hare and BBC’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief have been spotted on the premises. The original pub which preceded the current Victorian building provided discreet refreshment for the vicar of St Mary’s whose church was just along the road. The walled garden is ideal for larger parties in the summer and heated with braziers during the winter. In September 2016 the pub lease was taken over by the management of the Santa Maria next door from where the food now comes.