The Red Lion
Kirby-le-Soken is a comely village filled with idyllic views and historic architecture, and this 14th-century inn is at the heart of the community, serving fantastic food and award-winning ales. While the overall feel is that of a familiar British tavern, the inside space is finished with personal touches. Slate chalk boards list an impressive repertoire of local suppliers used by the chefs, and the outdoor sign features an ever-changing quote, joke or topical statement to amuse guests upon arrival. The bar boasts an impressive line-up of craft beer, well-kept ales, a selective wine list and premium spirits, from which everything is served with expertise.
All diners are well catered for at The Red Lion, and the menu features four different vegetarian options at any time. The team is passionate about showcasing seasonal ingredients. Expect the likes of mushroom, pancetta and Gruyère tart, or breast of pigeon with a pea and bacon broth and microgreens to start. The main menu might have you delving into Procters’ award-winning Norfolk sausages, served with braised red cabbage, homemade onion rings, mashed potato and red wine jus, or the New Orleans Po’ Boy: panko-breaded prawns and catfish in a sub roll with celeriac remoulade and Romaine lettuce, served with Cajun-seasoned hand-cut chips.
The usual favourites are featured on the dessert board alongside a selection of delicious East Anglian cheeses, served with oatcakes, water biscuits and homemade relish. The Red Lion hosts a range of events including theme nights, acoustic showcases and a fun-filled quiz night. Don’t just read about it here – pop along and join in the fun.