The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Lion was brought roaring back to life under the stewardship of Tim Flynn, landlord of the uber-successful New Oxford. He was given a wide remit by the pubco and a pub that everyone assumed was finished rose from the ashes.
But, despite good press reviews, the BL struggled to find its niche. Understandably, Tim didn’t just want to clone the New Oxford and so avoid becoming just a tickers pub. However, a rather lacklustre beer selection didn’t catch the imagination of an audience with all the delights of Manchester to choose from. And anywhere refusing to use sparklers is, frankly, just asking for trouble.
Now it appears the partnership with Lucifer has come back to bite him with a vengeance. That old pubco classic-the upwards only rent spiral-means that it’s adios Black Lion. Let’s hope this is just a temporary setback. After all, a boarded up pub is of no use to anyone.