The Red Lion has undergone substantial change since Daniel and Narelle Turner took over in September 2016. The interior reflects the building’s history and heritage and is decorated in an understated rustic-chic style. The effect is a homely, charming atmosphere; wood fires bathe the rooms in a warm glow. In summer an ample beer garden is the perfect place to while away long sunny afternoons, perfect for a spot of al fresco dining.
The food has also seen a re-imagination, as the couple has sought to highlight diversity in their menus. It’s not often that you’ll find modern British cuisine so elegantly presented alongside an offering of traditional pub meals, such as homemade 8oz beefburgers. This is what The Red Lion is all about – allowing diners to explore fine food of the highest calibre in a relaxed ambience free from any airs and graces. Of particular note was the orchard-reared pork belly with crackling, where a smoked bacon crumb and black pudding croquette provided the perfect balance to a dish bursting with flavour.
While the food served is certainly of restaurant standard, The Red Lion hasn’t forgotten its status as a pub. The bar is stocked to the brim with premium gin (nine varieties come served with a tailored garnish), craft ale, and a wide variety of fine wine.