My husband and I had a small wedding (6 people) in December. As there were Tier 2 restrictions in place at the time we had to have our dinner/wedding reception outside. Red Lion & Cellar Room offered the perfect option of outdoor seating under a heated marquee. We had such a fantastic evening, the marquee was beautiful with a great “rustic charm” and was really well heated, the food was excellent with a great menu of options and generous portion sizes. The manager made sure we were well looked after the whole time, going the extra mile by providing us with a cake stand for our wedding cake and complementary Champaign. We couldnt have asked for a more friendly atmosphere or better service. I can’t recommend this pub enough, we can’t wait to visit it again once lock down is over!
In December 2020, 641rogerg said:
There's 6 of us old gits who meet for lunch every month. We have not been here before and we came because of the covid 19 regulations requiring us to be outside.
Covid 19 issues first: the pub is very aware of its responsibilities and acts accordingly. There's a one way system to/from the car park. There's sanitiser available in a number of places outside and also on every table. We were greeted outside and then showed to our table in the marquee. The is a NHS QR code reader on every table. Menus are paper and presumably disposable. Seating is adequately spaced. Staff wore masks all the time. So good and thorough all round.
Moving on, the December Xmas menus is fine, although no fish 'n chips! The burger choice is exceptional. The Hophead beer is always a most welcome draught to have available, one of the best. We all thought the food was very nice. I had the hand made steak and ale pie: huge!
Service was very good and friendly even though the marquee was very busy, fully booked in fact.
We did agree that we are likely to use this venue again particularly as long as covid 19 issues remain in force.
In December 2020, 828francesk said:
What an effort the landlord Mark has made. Lovely welcome with lights and an outside fire. Dining inside or in the Marquis that is heated to create a lively atmosphere.
The meal of Salmon with mussels, prawns and risotto was beautifully cooked and made the evening well worth the visit. The roast turkey dinner that my husband had was a generous and tasty meal.In these most difficult times it was a pleasure to be able to eat out again and support local business
In December 2020, Graf said:
Had lunch here on Saturday, and after looking at the menu and deliberating for a while, I decided on the slow braised beef stew and placed my order. However, after a few minutes, the waitress came back to tell me that it wasn't cooked yet, so I had to choose something else. I did feel disappointed, and would have thought that the kitchen/chef would have informed the waiting staff of this in advance, so that they could tell customers it wasn't available.
Another small point, was that the flowers on the table, were dead - so I'm afraid on this occasion of our visit, it wasn't up to its usual excellent standards.
In December 2020, margaretgB4281PG said:
Delicious food. Good atmosphere with very friendly staff. Charlotte was extremely helpful and efficient.
In December 2020, TeepsL said:
Our 1st visit to this wonderful pub to celebrate a birthday I just couldn’t fault it It has a large car park & the outside garden is decorated with lights & large fire pits We had a warm welcome by the manager & then by our waitress Lizzie Who went above & beyond to look after us Nothing was too much trouble for her She’s a credit to the team We felt very safe with all the covid measures in place & we sat outside in the heated marquee to eat There was so much to choose from on the menu but we opted for the Turkey roast Wow it was so good & very tasty We were so full up so took a takeaway dessert with us We had a fantastic time & highly recommend it Do give it a try you will not be disappointed We’ve booked to go back next week! Thank you so much 5 *
In December 2020, Jackie L said:
A lovely Birthday celebration last night
With the Xmas Menu .The Salmon and Moules Was delicious and my partners Chicken equally good . Atmosphere is very festive and people in the garden were seated around the 2
Firepits !This pub is the best in the area with great staff and excellent food.
In December 2020, Andy Mason said:
Outside eating was a bonus but could had been warmer
In December 2020, Beverly Connolly said:
Well set out and organised. Food lovely. Pleasant evening.
In December 2020, Lkb said:
Great place to eat food was amazing, staff very helpful! Recommend
In November 2020, Chris L said:
Olde Worlde pub with quaint layout and marquee in use to provide more seating. Visited for lunch and we both had baguettes which were tasty and filling. Choice of real ales - I had the Dark Star Hophead which was excellent.
In November 2020, ClaireBW said:
We planned to visit today (2/11) for a late lunch following a walk in the area. We checked the website in advance to make sure it was open and served food all afternoon. Sadly on arrival there was a sign outside to say that they had closed today until the end of lockdown. This is totally understandable, I just wish it had said this on the website as we wouldn't have been left disappointed and hungry.
This review is mainly to alert others not to go in the next few days.
In November 2020, eljaal said:
We stayed overnight on Halloween..as a friends package..I can honestly say we enjoyed every second of our experience ..The Pub is wondeful with something to see in every corner...The staff, working under current Covid restrictions were attentive and friendly..Great Food...Great Drinks...Good Music...The rooms were brilliant and such good value...
Finally, Marc (Owner and Host) was amazing...friendly,generous and made sure our stay was a night to remember....Ignore the negative reviews...Once the Lockdown is done get yourself to The Red Lion and Cellar Room and you will not be dissapointed...The pub is stunning and the staff are exceptional...We will return time and again to support this great businessman,his lovely pub and his hard working staff
In November 2020, Leonie Brill said:
This pub is so lovely, the food is amazing the staff are super friendly!
In November 2020, Kiptieu Sheriff said:
Like it here, my children had a great time. The manager was very nice and kind. I didn't try the food but the children love the food. Great atmosphere and welcoming
In November 2020, Chaz Watson said:
Great food and excellent service
In October 2020, Mardion said:
Good evening in difficult times
Came here on the evening that the second lock down in England was announced. Had booked the dinner and room deal for me, husband and son (plus our dog). All communication with the staff when booking was great, including calls back to confirm various details needed. Sadly the night we had booked turned out to be the night that that second lockdown was announced and so things were, not unsurprisingly, a little off key. There were a number of issues with each course of my dinner, although husband and son’s meals were both good. When I spoke to the member of staff Marc, the owner, came over and spoke to us. Despite being clearly upset the way he dealt with us was very professional and as a result we will definitely be back to support him and his team when they open in the new year. Wishing Marc and his team all the luck for the future!!
In October 2020, JollySplendidThomas said:
After our wedding was cancelled by Coronavirus we decided to go ahead with a legal ceremony and a small, low-key reception at the Red Lion.
They allowed us to use one of the marquees outside, with lots of room to spread out (15 people in 6 bubbles!). The staff helped my sister put up a bit of bunting, they did us a full menu with no pre-ordering required, had champagne on ice, made some special custom menus with our names on and really made the day feel special.
We were able to get pictures done on the cricket pitch, the heaters in the marquee kept us warm and we were really glad we decided to go ahead.
big thankyou to Mark and the whole team!
Thomas and Ruth
In October 2020, BigTaps said:
Haven't been here for years and have to say that it was an excellent experience. Another local hostelry could only guarantee us a table for 2 hours and as we had a lot to catch up on, we found the Red Lion on TA with all the great reviews, phoned, were assured that the table was ours until 10pm and went along. Not disappointed at all; plenty of people inside and a very good outdoor area too. Very Covid aware as well with friendly and professional staff. Beers, fine and food; we simply endorse a;; the other positive reviews. We'll be back.
In October 2020, HazelHonesty said:
We visited for Sunday lunch. Usual excellent standard from Marc and his team and in particular Billy Manton who worked hard to ensure we had a very enjoyable time.
In October 2020, sezza1974 said:
Had a lovely Sunday lunch in the cellar.
Had a great waitress, karis worked really hard. The pub had a nice atmosphere and funky music.
In October 2020, James W said:
What a marvellous pub. Our host couldn't have been nicer, nothing is too much trouble for Marc.
Quirky statues, cosy fire globes and a cricket ground outside, comfy spacious bedrooms and a lovely traditional pub inside complete with arm chairs by an open fire.Something for everyone, a delightful English pub with an excellent host.
In October 2020, pauldM4316IE said:
Great service, food not so good, we order beer battered cod. the batter was lovely but the cod was missing. Shame I've have had some really good meals here. Hopefully the Sunday roast will be as good as it has been.
In October 2020, 116oliverr said:
My partner and I stayed here on a recent Saturday evening with an rather competitively priced room and dinner package. From soup to nuts, our expectations and met and surpassed in every way.
The greeting was warm and personal, the publican an exemplary host who couldn’t go far enough to indulge us. The venue itself was stunning, rustic but incredibly comfortable and quirky with fantastic art installations. Plenty of seating with fire pits, some outside covered and an awesome cellar dining area as well an intimate dining area inside. All the staff were helpful and attentive, the food was great with a decent variety on the menu. The room was a large and clean with a view out on green pastures. No breakfast was not offered but it mattered not one jot after the delightful evening we had.
All in all, a fantastic getaway that is local enough to get to easily yet feels total rural. We will certainly be going again and would encourage anyone looking to give it a try.
In October 2020, linzib71 said:
A friend and I met for lunch on Wed 14th Oct. We had a beautiful bottle of wine ( blush ) and the Lobster Thermidor!! Oh my goodness, a Wednesday lunch and we were having Lobster!! It was delicious, and it was a whole one, not a half, and it was only £23.95 . I can’t praise the chef enough. What a treat. It came with chips and samphire. We had a lovely warm table in the marquee, they have a few heaters in there, so it was toasty. They really do know how to make you ‘socially distanced’ comfortable too. A great afternoon was had by both of us. A lovely little gem of a pub. Staff a lovely, nothing too much trouble, and great value. I just wish I’d had room for a desert
Highly recommend, and will be back for sure!