The Red Lion

The Red Lion

British

0.5 miles
Leighton Buzzard Road, Water End, Nr. Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP1 3BD
The team behind the award-winning Akeman in Tring have managed to create a striking and contemporary space, incorporating a cosy modern bar, a lively dining area, and a chic covered garden area - complete with topiary and flaming torches. Such is their talent, that all this has been achieved without losing the original charm of a building which dates back to the 17th Century.

No less impressive is the menu, which caters for everybody - something well demonstrated by the happy mix of diners. Teens out for pizzas, family gatherings, folk on business and couples on dates all merge seamlessly together, creating a fabulous atmosphere. A clever menu allows you to order an exceptional lunch: try a real Neapolitan pizza or the rigatoni alla Siciliana with a tomato, aubergine, garlic and fresh basil sauce. Alternatively, push the boat right out and share the 18oz cote de boeuf prime rib-eye steak, grilled on the bone, at the very reasonable price of £36.95 for two.

We took advantage of the daily fresh fish delivery, fighting happily over the seafood platter. This arrived at our table laden with Mediterranean king prawns, deepfried squid and beetroot-cured Scottish salmon with chilli and lemon dressing. It's a treat to see the busy, happy team working in the open kitchen, and many dishes are prepared using the unique Josper oven - a Spanish charcoal oven which has a dual system of roasting and barbecuing simultaneously, producing amazing flavours. The fabulous chef followed up with sea bass, which arrived sizzling hot without being overcooked. This came with crushed new potatoes and fennel oozing with hot butter. My partner enjoyed a faultless rare fillet steak, with a heap of delicious fries and creamy Béarnaise sauce. We ended our feast with traditional apple pie and homemade chocolate truffles.

With impeccable service and exceptional food, it's definitely worth going the extra mile to visit The Red Lion.
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Open: Mon-Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-11pm

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