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Red Lion, Handcross

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A fine looking building but a bit self-consciously contrived (in that particular bistro-esque gastropub style) inside. Perfectly decent pint of Harvey's Sussex in nice condition, with the increasingly ubiquitous Doom Bar also evident. Good mix of punters and a generally relaxed atmosphere though.
richythemole - 15 Jun 2013 05:47
Group of 6, for late lunch today, had drinks in the bar. Then went through to restaurant. Food excellent. A couple of fussy eaters, nothing fazed the great staff. Everything we asked for arrived. The two chaps looking after us, were great, very patient as we spent a long time gossiping and catching up, rather than ordering!

A great pub, FANTASTIC food (many special offers). Lovely staff... The main chap looking after us, Sean, was excellent!!

Ths isn't your typical everyday pub, and we couldn't afford to go there every week (sadly). 2 large glasses of wine and a diet coke were 18.95. Which might explain why it was so quiet! But I m sure it's popular for special occasions.

Everyone said what a great meal and lovely service. Thank you Sean and team
Hongkongboy - 16 Aug 2012 18:50
Had a special offer voucher and went on an early evening of a Bank Holiday. It was very quiet in both the bar and restaurant. Food as good as any of the Mitchell and Butler gastropub groups we've ever been to, can't comment on the beer but wine very well kept. Service a little slower than we have experienced before but the food was very good so no complaints.
yummummy - 3 Jan 2012 07:12
Hmm, they keep Tweeting... cheap Champagne & great food?
If they tweeted ' great local real ale on the bar' they'd be mobbed!!!
A sad pub right now, bit of a shame really.
creepycrawley - 12 Sep 2011 20:21
Ate here once with the wife when we had first met. Meal came to 26 thirty years ago! Haven't been back since.
tommo5 - 8 Aug 2011 20:54
not good beer here, stale tasting more of a food place
fullbelly - 2 May 2011 14:59
Oh dear, after reading the previous post regarding Doombar!!!
Not really a local ale. Shame the Red Lion is not a free house.
Bland beers from a tied list presumably? Shame...
creepycrawley - 12 Mar 2011 20:48
Having received an invite to go along the opening of the Red Lion, I was keen to see what all the fuss was about...and I was not dissapointed. The pub looks fantastic, with the original oak beams and open fires, the whole place exuded warmth and character. This was supported by the great welcome I received from the manager and her team who were simply outstanding. They had 3 ales on tap including Doom Bar, which was very good. And my wife and I enjoyed a fantastic meal. The scallops I had were divine. I simply can not fault the place and would highly recommend it to anyone!
rob71 - 3 Dec 2010 20:44
Great news for people near Handcross!!!! The Red Lion is under referbishment and I've heard it is due to reopen in the first week in December... apparently it's going to be a fresh food and real ale establishment and it's going to be stunning inside! Cant wait for Christmas, just what we've been waiting for!
Mrs_Pepper - 18 Oct 2010 23:23
I've been to this pub a few times as it's half way between our place on the coast and my Dad's in London and reasonably priced. I only ever go there for food, but there are plenty of other people there just having drinks (locals???) The food is okay for the money - service how ever, is always rubbish - I'm sure they wouldn't have noticed if we had left without paying last time! I liked the roast potatoes but they put some sort of seasoning on them which my 7 year old nephew hates - so we may have to go somewhere else next time.

deborahjane - 3 Mar 2010 20:44
Visited on a Sunday lunchtime expecting this place to be heaving, but we were pretty much alone!! I really liked it, and the food was OK, but the other half reckons it lacks any atmosphere. Worth a visit.
pussycat21 - 19 Aug 2008 14:21
I thought we had visited on an off-day but from the previous comments it looks like every day is an off day for this pub.
It's off to a bad start with a Pay-and-Display car park. I can see why they've done it to deter shoppers, but although you get your car park fee returned at the bar it's not a cheerful start to an evening out.
The ambience is OK - Chef and Brewer Olde Worlde pastiche - and the menu promises much but doesn't deliver.
Example; one chicken meal was lukewarm (a dangerous practice) and we sent it back. It came back having been microwaved so the chicken flesh was like rope. All the other meals were merely passable pub grub, although the menu reads as if the food is more adventurous than that. It is just about OK. That is all.
Service was S - L- O - W.
My advice - drive down the M23 another 3-4 miles and turn off at Slaugham for The Feathers.
maxc - 10 Mar 2008 11:15
An excellent setting and I must say I have enjoyed the food here. However, as Mossop observes, sadly the service at the bar is at best indifferent.
HoodedCrow - 6 Nov 2006 12:40
Concur with previous comment re ambience of the pub, large olde worlde, beams and open fires and majority of it at the moment non-smoking, it is a lovely place for a drink. The menu has good choice and dishes and specials on board sound attractive, if only the reality had lived up to it! We chose from the specials board and my food was tasteless and bulked out with masses of cheap salad, my husband's dish was also tasteless and incorporated lumps of meat and strange vegetables that you would not expect to see! Albeit a quite Thursday evening, the one barman working gave indifferent and slow service, the waitress however was very pleasant although was wise enough not to ask if we had enjoyed our meals! A great pub let down by the standard of it's food.
Mossop - 3 Mar 2006 10:32
Its a Chef and Brewer. A traditional English pub serving excellent quality meals. Beams and open fires, a lovely place to go and feel at home.
Ara Clarke - 15 Mar 2005 22:51

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