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Wow! Justin was true to his word and he has now got Sharps Doombar in and he is getting Wadworth 6X in for September. Seriously impressed with the new manager (Justin) after each barrel of Ale, regardless of how busy he is, he gives the line a quick clean, so that in his own words, the quality of the beer is constant. I know this should be standard practice, but it's rare to see a landlord so passionate about ale, and one who follows the correct procedure everytime, really does make a refreshing change. Additionally, the pub is clean and smells clean, Justin and his team are working very hard to turn this pub around, I thinkl he is the 1st Manager/landlord I have ever seen on his hands and knees cleaning skirting boards on a quiet afternoon!
I would urge you to pay this pub a visit, it really is turning around, and while there are cheaper pubs around the bedford place area, you won't get a better pint from any of the Red Lion's neighbours.
RyanSoton - 24 Aug 2010 20:08
Under new management. Difference is there to be seen already! New manager seems very passionate about turning the place around. Something seems to be happening here every night. Monday night pub quiz was very good. Mentioned he is looking to get a new range of ales in, as well as some different spirits and cocktails. As someone mentioned, there are now sofas, however the place could do with a small lick of paint. The outside isn't too inviting but this is a pub on the up.
New owner also mentioned they now do fresh home cooked food, rather than the previous microwaved meals.
Would recommend a visit when in Bedford Place, Southampton
southamptonborn - 14 Jul 2010 15:09
Under new management. Difference is there to be seen already! New manager seems very passionate about turning the place around. Something seems to be happening here every night. Monday night pub quiz was very good. Mentioned he is looking to get a new range of ales in, as well as some different spirits and cocktails. As someone mentioned, there are now sofas, however the place could do with a small lick of paint. The outside isn't too inviting but this is a pub on the up.
New owner also mentioned they now do fresh home cooked food, rather than the previous microwaved meals.
Would reconment a visit when in Bedford Place, Southampton
southamptonborn - 14 Jul 2010 15:07
Under new management, and the change is visible as soon as you go in. New layout with Sofas by the bar, which proved popular on my visit. The New manager is called Justin and he was working with Hannah, a very nice bar tender. Both Justin and Hannah are experienced Pub/Bar Managers, and they were very keen to make everyone feel at home in the pub.
The pub was full of 20 somethings to 40 somethings enjoying shots, cocktails and beer. I had a Ringwood Best (only ale they had, although Justin assured me that Doombar would be available soon, with Ringwood, Pedigree and London Pride rotating as the Guest Ale in the near future), which was in excellent condition. I then had a shot of dubious name, but wow! it tastes amazing, butterscotch and baileys, I reccomend this to anyone who pays the Red Lion a visit.
It's pretty clear that Justin and his team are making changes, and turning this "Old Locals" pub into a more appealling "Circuit Bar" with something for everyone. I just hope they get the time to make their mark. I for one can't wait to go back next Saturday!
RyanSoton - 9 Jun 2010 12:32
Now under new management; He is trying, he asked what real ales i could suggest he put on as he only had Ringwood Best.
rpf1955 - 2 Jun 2010 20:37
Utterly sterile PubCo outlet, only one ale (Ringwood Best) on and in questionable condition. Almost deserted upon my visit, barman seemed a bit pissed off that I'd interrupted his viewing of Bargain Hunt or somesuch. I do wonder how places like this stay open.
ChrisP87 - 13 May 2009 22:46
Just like the last person we went here before the square.. But not for very long. It felt like one of those local pubs where they all stare at you if 'you ain't from around these parts'
aleman - 6 Jun 2007 01:39
Went in this pub earlier this year on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty quiet just before the football started. More like a town pub than a city pub which was ideal - not so busy or big. Went in there in the evening and it was busier and a good place to go to before you go to the bigger pubs like The Square. Would defo go here if I was in Southampton again.
scotte84 - 27 Jan 2006 10:35
Friendly atmosphere, good food, sunday roasts, entertainment at weekends and rock night on a Wednesday night
Dan - 11 Oct 2005 18:03
A very friendly pub with good food sky sports, live music Wednesdays & Saturday nights & a pool table.
LenCat - 4 Oct 2005 20:03

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