Having never been to this establishment before I wasn’t sure what to expect but felt it would be a village pub with upscale dining facilities. It just so happened to exceed my expectations.
Trusting my satnav, due to my inexperience of the area, I wound my way through country lanes wondering if I had typed in the right postcode, but soon I spotted an old pub sat picturesquely next to a church.
After pulling into their car park, which has ample space, and making my way through their white picket fence, I passed through their outdoor area and into The Red Lion. The inside was tastefully decorated with hints of colours, some statement wallpaper and a swap a book shelf above the fireplace.
The original charm of this old building has clearly been savoured with its low ceilings, wooden beams and exposed brickwork, it even has a wood burner with chopped logs surrounding it. The mix of old and new works perfectly in this quaint little pub which had already started to win me over.
After enjoying a drink outside in the sun I sat down in their dining area with a view of the churchyard next door and enjoyed the atmosphere. The starters were beautifully presented, as was the rest of my food and the variety of food available was fantastic. You can order anything from classics such as Chicken Kiev, although it was served with a twist, to oriental style dishes like salmon with undo noodles.
The food is great value and the portions are sizable but I still managed to save room for desert! Again there was a lot of choice and I went for the playful Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream, Toasted Marshmallow and Popping Candy. It was as good as it sounded and a great end to wonderful evening.
The staff are friendly and the menu contains a host of locally sourced and seasonal produce. I think this is a place I will definately visit again, and most likely treat a few friends and family to.
To find out more information or to book call them on 01785 780297 or visit their website.