Inviting, atmospheric surrounds and traditional British gastronomy blend at The Red Lion Inn, an eminently popular pub and restaurant in the heart of the Canterbury country village of Bridge. Inside, rich wooden furnishings and exposed brickwork uphold a comfortable, modern rustic aesthetic, while outside, the pub’s well-tended country garden makes for an idyllic suntrap bolthole for al fresco dining.
Hosts Rene and Harry work with trusted local suppliers to source produce for their enticing, predominantly British menus. The reasonably priced evening set menu, served Monday to Saturday, is populated by universally loved favourites, seeing guests enjoy the likes of chicken liver parfait with onion chutney and toasted brioche, and deep-fried breaded goat’s cheese with cranberry sauce, before pressing on to mains of succulent pork tenderloin with mash, seasonal veg and apple gravy or braised blade of beef with crushed new potatoes. For those with a sweet-tooth, classic desserts such as sticky toffee pudding and apple and rhubarb crumble, both served with custard or ice cream, won’t fail to please.
The pub serves a popular Sunday roast, pairing local leg of lamb, topside of beef, pork loin or duck with traditional vegetables and, of course, a Yorkshire pudding. Additionally, the pub’s Wednesday curry and Thursday steak nights draw in regulars and new visitors alike.