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user reviews of the Red Lion, Northend

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Small hamlet with a scattering of houses, this does have the enviable position of being a short walk from the Burton Dassett Country Park.... downhill to the pub and uphill back up!

This site has the most information on its recent history on the web... It's a simple enough single room pub, offering food and two hand pulled ales - Purity and an Xmas one from wychavon brewery.

Needs punters. Two in on a later Friday lunch time at Xmas doesn't bode too well.
Mappiman - 28 Dec 2018 17:01
Now refurbished and reopened under new ownership.
nurdin_dassett - 29 May 2014 18:21
paul_d102 - 5 Nov 2013 11:27
The pub is opening tonight at 6pm ,New owners again hopefully this time they make a go of it and dont shut it after 6 months like most do.
busman - 29 Jul 2011 17:06
Looking for a warm friendly welcome in a village pub with atmosphere and a pleasant ambiance?! Horsey types welcome, anybody else tolerated grudgingly!!
anurdener - 21 May 2011 20:19
Everyone knows that it is not down to the locals for the failure of this buisness over the last 4 years. Lets get that straight! Only about 20% of the villagers ever go to or use the Pub ( and thats a generous estimate at best). The 20% that do go are mostly of the older generation and therefore cannot afford to spend huge amounts of there hard earned pensions and savings. A small percentage are middle aged working class people like myself whom cannot attend every day because of the drink drive laws, although I will say that there are those who do not care for the law, nuff said. A proportionate amount of the younger generation do attend occassionaly but find that it is not of their liking due to the fact there is no Pool table and gaming machines or even a TV to keep them amused. Hence the tag" Dead Lion ". This is a Country Pub after after all.
I am lead to believe that the Red Lion is to reopen once again on the evening of 26th November 2010 under new management. I certainly will use the Pub as it is my local and I just hope for the villagers sake that the new proprietors have the right solution to pull the place back up onto its feet. That is to attract outside customers to boost there reputation and not rely on the villagers alone to support their buisness. We have seen this all to often, and we all know that sooner or later the final bell will sound once and for all.
dubbadee - 26 Nov 2010 10:31
Oh dear what can the matter be..
Poor Northend has lost its drinkery
They should have supported it from Monday to Saturday..

They wont be drinking in there!!!!!
sadoldgit - 12 May 2010 01:55
Closed again...

redrocket - 22 Mar 2010 12:35
Not my choice for a pub, you never know if it's going to be open or not for one reason or the other. It's one of those places where the locals all stop talking as you walk in the door!

If it is open then food might be on or off, you just don't know. If you are local and in the "know" then give it a try but if it's your first visit then don't bother.
nomis5 - 21 Jan 2010 14:00
Im amazed by the comments recently added by people who visit this pub. We have recently lost our village pub due to people running it down and The Red Lion at Northend is far from a bad pub. Ok the landlord has decided to move on but good luck to him. If I remember rightly Northend wouldnt have a pub if it wasn't for the current landlord???? It is still the same village pub and still busy. The food is still as good as it has always been, very good ales, with pleasant bar staff. Also the pub still opens all day Sunday which is what it always has done. In the current climate it is up to the locals to support their pub not run it down to closure. Perhaps the locals should remember how it used to look the last time it closed and rather than dig its own grave, support it or lose it or perhaps they want it to be pulled down and replaced with houses just like ours will end up!!
sadoldgit - 2 Dec 2009 23:18
the pub is on the slide again!

The enthusiastic landlord has got himself a 'better' pub up the road, leaving the Red Lion with a skeleton staff and a mission to wind this one down

All day opening - NOW OFF. Sunday lunches - NOW OFF. cleaner - LAID OFF

hopefully someone will soon buy the lease and save the pub - AGAIN!
redrocket - 19 Nov 2009 11:35
Having just discovered the Red Lion last week i am amazed by the turnabout the new landlord has achieved in just 3 months, i booked a table for the friday night (which was full)but jon (the landlord)made space for me and my family and i can say we had the best meal i have ever had in a pub!!, tried the guest ale which was pedigree and was wonderful , so nice to walk into a thriving,busy ,clean pub with friendly owners and staff.
jonashby1 - 24 Nov 2008 21:52
The Red Lion lives again! It's reopened this week (12th August), and looks to be back to its best again. John the new landlord has painted the place, given it a floor to ceiling cleaning, and has turned it back into the nice village pub it once was. Apparently, he used to run a small successful hotel / restaurant / bar in Somerset, so certainly has the right credentials!

Beer is very good, with Old Hooky & London Pride the current guest beers. We've eaten there a couple of times and the food is great - good quality, well cooked steaks, well presented. Apparently a second chef is starting in a couple of weeks, and then the menu will be extended and advertising will start.

Opening night saw half the village turn out to see the new (old?) place open again, and it looks as though it'll soon be as popular as it was a couple of years ago.

Good news for the residents of Northend.
tredders - 14 Aug 2008 18:10
This pub is currently closed and boarded up with 'To Lease' sign outside. A real shame for this once busy local.
trains2064 - 18 Jul 2008 09:17
Now that Chris (& Chris) the new licensees are in, it is perhaps time to draw a line under the recent negative comments about this pub. C & C have 15 years experience in the trade and have taken over with some well thought out ideas for the near future -including a refurb early in the new year. Give them your support and a chance to prove that they can run an efficient and friendly country pub.
JimAU - 2 Nov 2007 16:44
Met the new owners this weekend (Chris & Chris!!). Both were really welcoming and seem experienced in trade with hard work going into sorting out the mess of the previous occupants.

Good news to hear that some of the old bar staff are returning as the service from Hannah and the gang was always brilliant.

Would urge people to disregard the comments regarding previous ownership and give this pub another chance. The future at last looks bright for what is a really good country pub.
anonymous - 25 Sep 2007 11:25
The negative comments are very understandable but the owners (Enterprise Inns) are well aware of the problems and are taking action. The pub is temporarily closed whilst they sort it out. If you look on the Enterprise Inns web site and enter the post code CV47 the first lease available is the red Lion - this is a very recent addition and the low price relects the depths to which it had sunk.
The one positive comment was probably written by the landlady - given away by the subsequent comment which says "Nice one Mum" from her daughter.
Please give it a chance to recover and try it again in a few weeks.

anonymous - 12 Sep 2007 21:54
The new leaseholders are dragging this pub down fast. Half the village now either barred or staying away. Landlord drinking all the profits, while the food resembles deep-fried roadkill.
anonymous - 10 Sep 2007 13:02
Read the earlier but now deleted comments but thought we'd give it a chance anyway. Sadly, very disappointed. Got there but was put off by the pile of scrap furniture on the car park and kids playing around cars and jumping in and out of the beach buggy. Not an image I relate to in the Countryside and will not be going to again. Travelled from Coventry to escape that sort of stuff.
Took the earlier hint and went to Avon Dassett - different world all-together.
frangipano - 24 Jul 2007 09:16
since being taken over a few weeks ago the pub has gone down hill food is not good and the attmosphere has changed completely. New owners are not willing to accept critisism about food and can be hostile. We went for meal complained were still charged full price then the next day found out the cook had said only to charge for 1 meal. We will not eat there again
anonymous - 20 Jul 2007 23:15
Nice one Mum but your spelling needs working on!
anonymous - 17 Jul 2007 22:05
The Red Lion Inn is a pleasant family pub with beautiful views. It sells excellent real ales and a variety of beers.

I recently had a lovely family meal there which myself, my husband and my children thouroughly enjoyed.

The service was excellent and the new landlord and lady are very welcoming and took time out to introduce themselves and welcome us.

I would definatly recommend this pub to anyone.
anonymous - 12 Jul 2007 19:10
This pub which was saved from closure in recent memory sits below the Burton Dassett hills (the 'Blackpool beach' of these parts - but a fine place to fly a kite and enjoy the view if crowds do not offend). It serves Taylor's Landlord and a guest beer in good condition in my experience. The pub has two rooms and a sunny front garden with a good view (perhaps spoiled slightly by being in earshot - just about of the M40 below). There is a good bar snack menu including good sandwiches, ham and egg etc. There is also posher food in the dining half of the pub. Well worth popping into if driving up the M40.
dr tim - 19 Aug 2004 16:13

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