It's light and airy with stunning views of sheep, cows and a slightly over friendly river. We serve locally sourced food, cooked simply and honestly and around fifty wines, most of which are available by the glass; well kept cask ales and over 30 single malts.The décor is simple and cosy. Three, ever blazing, real fires are linked by stone & timber. There's plenty of car parking and there is disabled access too, not to mention a huge beer garden that leads down to a 14th century bridge.
I remember a time when pubs weren't gastropubs or brasseries, they were just pubs that were good pubs with good food and that's what we aspire to be.
We do take bookings, but we try to make sure that there is room for customers who are not able to book in advance - so if you have not made a reservation - Don't panic. (good rule for life there!)
If there are no tables free, we run a waiting list from behind the bar. Parties of over 12 people will be asked to pre order in advance and will often be offered only soup. Perhaps gruel. I'm afraid we are not able to take bookings via email because certain members of the team are computerly disabled.
Actually that's complete 'Bunkham' (love that word!). Yes it's true that many pubs need to serve food to survive but we're a pub and not a restaurant so you can sit and have a pint and read the paper or you can stuff your face- it doesn't bother us!
Due to the constricted nature of many of our rooms, we ask you not to bring prams or pushchairs into the pub. If it's a Transformer pram then that’s fine, but if you can stash the non baby holding bit of Optimus Prime out of the way- that'd be swell! We have experienced considerable congestion in the past which causes problems on a number of levels. Our apologies if this causes any inconvenience.
Dogs of good temperament and on-the-leash variety are welcome inside the pub and in the garden. There are a number of dog water bowls about the place and a tap just outside the front door.
We have full disabled access and a disabled loo. We have a disabled parking space outside, but this may be used by able-bodied drivers if the rest of the car park is full.
If you are eating outside it is a great help if you could make a note of your table number before ordering. Oddly 'By the river' is not actually a table number. By the way, could you please keep tops on and shoes on at all times. This applies to blokes as well.
Home James: 01926 889899
Victoria: 01926 881161
Whilst The Red Lion is primarily an adult's environment, children of the well behaved variety are welcome. We do have baby changing facilities but we do ask that you do take the correct one with you when you leave.
We do, we just don't make a huge song and dance about it! We are predominantly an adults pub but that's not to say that well behaved children aren't welcome.
No, but we do serve half portions of the majority or our dishes- anything that has an asterisk next to it on the menu signifies a half portion (or the location of the baby Jesus)… At least this way you know that the kids are eating freshly cooked stuff rather than some ‘twizzler tat!’ (Cheers Jamie!) Often we have home made fish fingers or sausages available too- just ask your friendly neighbourhood bar type.
Yes, about 4 of them, but we don't reserve them. You are welcome to bring your own. Car seats are also fine.
We are, first and foremost a relaxed pub for adults that welcomes non screamy children that keep vaguely still. We aren't a children's pub that tolerates adults.
Because we felt it was a great shame to come over a 14th century bridge and almost see a rather nice 17th century building but instead see a children's climbing frame. It blocked a beautiful view of the river and we felt it wasn't really the image we wanted so we have installed an original Massey Ferguson tractor for all to enjoy- it's a bit more us!
I couldn't eat a whole one.
Since we last flooded in 2007 and we bought the lease on the pub we have raised the car park by 18" and put in a couple of soakaways but really this wont stop the heavy flood waters - the fact is if we get lots of rain – we will get wet again!
Because it's not that sort of show.
Because it adds to the relaxed pubby atmosphere of The Red Lion. No one is hovering over you trying to top up your wine or push your chair in - you can pour it yourself. Crazy as it sounds - you can order when you like and pay when you like - If you want to order at the table go to a restaurant. We really try and avoid formality and stuffiness if we can.
Very simply because when the sun goes down it gets dark. This makes finding people difficult regardless of carrot involvement.
We first opened our doors in this guise on November 5th 2007.
Fortunately or unfortunately the owner is a geek. He collects comic books and yes, he likes Star Wars too. There was a time when he was younger when he wanted to draw comic books for a living, sadly abusing people behind a bar seemed to be more lucrative. Thus when he finally got to buy his own pub - he thought it would be a little bit different if he covered it in his comic book collection. So all of the 320 odd framed comic books he has read cover to cover several times over and are actually quite dear to him. Each frame contains a whole comic book apart from about forty which are made up from a book of covers - he added these because it was a little bit too much like a pre-pubescent teenagers bedroom!
To him they're all priceless but to an auctioneer, not particularly. They've all had a good looking at and this devalues comics quite a lot- Proper collectors or pannapictagraphists often buy 2 copies- one to read and one to leave sealed. Having said that there are a couple amongst them that are quite rare and worth a few bob. (Tucked away safely is his copy of The Dark Knight Returns issue 1 signed by Lynn Varley and Frank Miller).
The Michelin Guide 2012, 2013
Best Tenanted/Leased pub in the East & West Midlands
Good pub guide main entry 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Also nominated as pub of the year 2012
Michelin Eating Out In Pubs 2012, 2013
Pubs & Inns 2009, 2010, 2010, 2011, 2012
Bronze Swimming Award 1981
Cycling Proficiency 1979
Blue Peter badge 1977
Job title: Bar/Waiting
Tipple: Wine and be quick about it!
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 6
Animal Likeness: Cougar
Actor playing you in a biopic: Shirley Temple
Job title: Head Chef
Tipple: Appleton Rum
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 8
Animal Likeness: Hyena
Actor playing you in a biopic: Hugh Jackman
Job Title: Bar/Waiting
Tipple: White wine
Resourcefullness in a hostage situation: 4
Animal Likeness: Zebra
Actor playing you in a biopic: Meryl Streep
Job title: Waiting
Tipple: Coke (possibly)
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 10
Animal Likeness: Dolphin
Actor playing you in a biopic: Jennifer Aniston
Job title: Owner/Operator
Tipple: Earl Grey
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 7
Animal Likeness: Badger
Actor playing you in a biopic: Harrison Ford
Job: Bar/Cellar Queen
Tipple: The tears of my enemies
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 5
Animal likeness: Sloth/Bear=Slear
Actor playing you in a biopic: Shakira
Job title: Chef de Partie
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 3
Animal Likeness: Bungle off Rainbow
Actor playing you in a biopic: Bungle off Rainbow
Job title: Assistant Manager
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 6
Animal Likeness: A Fiery off Labyrinth
Actor playing you in a biopic: Shirley Maclaine
Job title: Manager
Tipple: Red please.
Resourcefulness in a hostage situation: 2
Animal Likeness: Otter
Actor playing you in a biopic: Miranda off the telly
THE RED LION WANTS YOU...
We are currently looking for friendly, outgoing, funny, handsome/pretty boys & girls to join our merry band of bank robbers, bar staff & semi professional pot holers. Our organisation is small, so we’re having try outs! Please drop me an email or give me a call. There's full and part time available as we head into the sunshine...01926 632715 firstname.lastname@example.org Being able to drive is a bit of a must- we're not in the sticks, we are the sticks!
We're looking for an ambitious and committed chef with a passion for fresh food who is ready to take the next step in his or her career. You're not far off becoming a head chef and you get a real kick out of leading a brigade. You're a good organiser and your controls are all that! Our menu has a spine of freshly prepared, classic British dishes, complemented by more exotic influences from other parts of the world: in other words, modern British cookery. Our passion lies in finding quality ingredients and preparing, cooking and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way. For us it's all about serving fresh, simple, high quality traditional dishes extremely well and our pub is featured in the Good Pub & Michelin Guides. This is a busy working environment, and as well as having high standards and demonstrating good attention to detail, you’ll help the crew set the bar high in terms of delicious dishes, effective kitchen controls and excellent standards of health and hygiene. If this sounds like you drop me a copy of your CV to email@example.com Live in available.
Lot's of people may make that claim but few really get stuck in. We are really passionate about our food We, on occasion, go direct to the farmers front gate for mutton & pigs, whilst, when possible, collect our organically grown Shitake mushrooms from a local Community Supported Association some two miles away. Practicality dictates that not all our foods can come directly from the farms, but we work closely with local butchers & farmers ensuring that much of our meat really is from a 30 mile radius.
We do take bookings, but we try to make sure that there is room for customers who are not able to book in advance, so if you have not made a reservation, it's not the end of the world.
There are, however, suggestions that it was created earlier, but these are simply lies. After all, even in the Bible, when Jesus was turning water into wine at Cana he wasn't giving them Chateau Mouton Rothschild or anything- probably could've done if he'd wanted to- because lots of people reckon he really was all that- but I'm just saying he probably made something crowd pleasing like a Pinot Blush, that he felt they'd enjoy more rather than something that actually went with loaves and fishes...like a Muscadet...Anyway I digress here's the wine list.
Campo Nuevo Tempranillo (SPAIN)
Bertani 'Le Nogare' Bardolino DOC (ITALY)
Leduc Malbec (FRANCE)
Les Archeres Carignan (FRANCE)
La Beaume Cotes du Rhone (FRANCE)
Izadi Rioja Reserva (SPAIN)
Tormentoso Mourvèdre Reserve (SOUTH AFRICA)
Chocolan Carmenere (CHILE)
Tanners Claret, Bordeaux (FRANCE)
Il Faggio Montepulciano D'Abruzzo (ITALY)
Stickleback Red (AUSTRALIA)
Corbieres, Chateau du Vieux Parc (FRANCE)
Painter Bridge Zinfandel (USA)
Chateauneuf Du Pape Reserve des Oliviers (FRANCE)
Billi Billi Shiraz (AUSTRALIA)
Dandelion Lion's Tooth Shiraz Reisling (AUSTRALIA)
McHenry Hohnen 3 Amigos (AUSTRALIA)
La Paz Merlot (CHILE)
De Gras Cabernet Sauvignon (CHILE)
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir (AUSTRALIA)
Salice Salentino Negromaro (ITALY)
Valpolicella Classico Accordina Ripasso DOC (ITALY)
Chateau Musar (LEBANON)
Soliluna Rosado Garnacha (SPAIN)
Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato (AUSTRALIA)
Pinot Grigio Blush Via Nova (ITALY)
Kim Crawford 'Pansy' Rose (NEW ZEALAND)
Campo Nuevo Viura (SPAIN)!
Pinot Grigio Veritiere Della Venezie IGT (ITALY)
Les Archeres Vermintino (FRANCE)
Muscadet Sur Lie Chateau du Poyet (FRANCE)
Picpoul de Pinet Domaine de Belle Mare (FRANCE)
Ladera Verde Sauvignon (CHILE)
Frostpocket Sauvignon (NEW ZEALAND)
Pouilly Fume Jean Paboit (FRANCE)
Intimo Sauvignon Semillion (CHILE)
Gewurztraminer Skillogalee (AUSTRALIA)
Ken forester Chenin Blanc (SOUTH AFRICA)
Remi & Jerome Dry Muscat (FRANCE)
Leduc Viognier (FRANCE)
Greywacke Sauvignon (NEW ZEALAND)
Riverstone Chardonnay, J. Lohr (USA)
Chablis Laroche (FRANCE)
Los Vilos Chardonnay (CHILE)
Food served 12pm-9.30pm
Food served 12pm-9.30pm
Food is served in the
garden until 9pm
29th/30th June....Redneck festival!! Traditional hillbilly bands, topical movie on the big screen at dusk, cowboy stew, chilli, line dancing, hay bales, bronco, bouncy castle & probably plenty more. . . See website for details.... #squeallikeapig
We avoid GM foods like the plague; try to be as local and free range as possible and our coffee is fair trade. Oh, and its organic! Some foods may contain nuts- if you have a food allergy please tell us before you start to swell up! Be Nice. Don’t shout. Everything is good today. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Use your silverware. Stop fidgeting. Don’t play with your food. Did you wash your hands? Stop kicking your sister. Eat your vegetables. Elbows off the table. Watch your language. Stop scratching. Don’t feed the dog. Eat your crusts. Use your napkin. Sit up straight. William, call your mother.