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went here for lunch yesterday. It looks like the interior has been modernised and refurbished sometime in the last few years by modern designers who've created a very pleasant light Scandinavian feel to the open plan bar. Plenty of window space looking out across the main road to the river.
Quality of food was excellent and the bar staff were friendly and knowledgeable when I enquired about two of the ales on pump. One pump labelled 'The Red Lion' and one labelled 'Pumpkin' (Halloween theme) were brewed by Caledonian. The Red Lion was a light beer and the Pumpkin a darker brew with rather a strange herby/fruity flavour. The other pumps had Deuchars (best choice) and London Pride.
Well worth a visit to get your own opinion on the pub.
redbarrel - 13 Nov 2014 13:28
A locals pub really. Very clicky but done up well
beersos - 12 Jan 2012 15:30
Stayed in the hotel next door and after a pleasant walk, popped in for my evening meal. One of the best decisions made. Exceptional quality food at a great price. Three real ales - two from Scotland, which is a bit odd. Recommended for food and service.
Mappiman - 20 Sep 2011 11:24
The Red Lion is currently being run by Paul & Brenda, who are "proper slandlords" they know how to run a pub ! The real ales are consistantly excellent, the wine is chilled and the food is to die for.
The menu is varied and cooked fresh by Paul, generous portions, presented beautifully and is very tasty. They cater for everyone from steaks, fish of all sorts, pies, ham, egg n chips' liver and bacon with REAL vegetables to a wonderful carbonnara (with or without bacon) the prices are very reasonable and the specials board is varied. Paul (the chef and landlord) has a real passion for food and this shines through in his cooking. The Sunday roasts are lovely and as for the puds, well - gorgeous.
Monday & Tuesday is Fish n Chip nights, haddock & chips plus an onion or gherkin at ONLY £5.50 with mushy peas as an extra. Its wrapped in paper and you can eat in or take it away for the same price so why not have a pint while you're waiting for it to be freshly cooked. I guaranatee you cannot find better in the surrounding area. The fish is fresh, the batter light and it just melts in the mouth - absolutely fabulous. Lastly, but not least Paul does an excellent Sunday roast.
Brenda is a lovely bubbly lady who makes everyone feel welcome and always has time for a chat. She runs a clean, tight ship where all are welcome whatever your age but manners are to be remembered and foul mouths are discouraged.
If you want a nice pub to have a pint or a meal in where families can come and dine without worrying about the pub enviornment then this a place you can come to with no worries.
All in all the landlords have really breathed life into the pub. There is live music once a month which is a great hit with everyone. An active pool team and a great bunch of regulars and no we're not clicky we like new people coming in.
There is plenty of space for proper parties or more formal sit down parties and there's still room up the other end of the pub for us who just wish to embibe.
Come down and see for yourself ...
sjj - 23 Mar 2011 21:28
have used this pub on and off for a while-the brewery never seem to put enough money to make it a good functioning pub. current landlord and landlady decent people, hope they stick around. But, be warned! The "soapdodger" frequents this pub from time to time and known to have very "lightfingers" in a hosterly not to far from the Red Lion....
his time is up in the bell so watch out!
thievinghaart - 10 Jan 2011 15:58
Friendly service. Spitfire and Courage on draught plus usual selection of lagers, etc. Beer garden over the road from the pub by the river which was quite novel but could do with a tidy up. Food looked good and live music on Sunday afternoon.
thehonesttruth - 2 Aug 2010 22:57
Now open again after refurbishment. Excellent food - roasts are to die for - and live music every Sunday from 3.30-6.30pm. Open Mic night every Monday from 8pm with Scratch and Brian.
ladyjanegrey - 27 Jul 2010 14:20
I walked past this on Sunday - what a prime position for a top-notch pub with great beers and proper non-poncey home-made food. The garden across the road is a death-trap though, not just because of the road. I'd be tempted to put a private garden there instead.
How does 6 real ales, 2 ciders, 20 Belgian beers and locally-sourced nosh grab ya? Oh well.....we can but dream....
pkrp - 18 May 2010 22:56
Indeed TwoPotScreemer the pub does have zero appeal now as it is still closed, so going elsewhere is the only option.
ALAN.C - 16 Mar 2010 17:21
When I moved hear in 1989 this was one of the best pubs in the area but the those halcyon days are sadly gone. It had the benefit of two bars, one a parlour by the courtyard beer garden & the other for the sports coverage. This area led onto a games room & latterly a small outside beer garden at the back of the pub. Although the last tenant inherited a pub needing some TLC the guy had no idea what he was doing. The large riverside beer garden on the opposite side of Russell Road had its 6' privy hedge lopped & replaced with a picket fence that didn't screen the noise of the passing traffic on this busy road. The courtyard garden had a cheap looking tarpaulin roof put over the benches for the smokers which ruined the lunchtime trade and for some reason swiss-style shutters were put up on the upstairs windows on what is essentially a Victorian pub! The clay facia tiles were painted white but aborted after about 3 rows so it gives the appearance of a run-down boozer. As a pint's about £3.85 I'd go elsewhere as the pub has zero appeal now.
TwoPotScreamer - 5 Mar 2010 12:21
Pub closed. Sign in window "closed untill furher notice for refurbishment"
No refurbishment taking place, pub looks deserted.
ALAN.C - 29 Jan 2010 14:00
Been to this pub twice now with the missus. Went back to get another of Pogo Patterson's (from Grange Hill - he is the owner and chef, I believe) pies - they're excellent. Pub is by the river and they have a seating area across the road next to the river - absolutely lovely on a nice day although you have the traffic going on behind you. Beer has been good both times I've been. Pogo (real name Richard) and his wife/partner are very welcoming. Recommended.
mknesbeth - 27 Jul 2009 12:29
just to let anybody know there is no pool table and the licensee has a pretty strict over 21 policy. a good place for a sane pint and not bad food either
pogopatterson - 17 Jul 2009 10:09
Nice pub, Staff are Friendly and very Helpful. Enjoyed my Pint.
Samuel38 - 26 Mar 2009 10:07
I previously posted a negative, but honest, review of the Red Lion. Went back a couple of weeks ago and hardly recognised it. It was busy, the atmosphere was very pleasant and the beer was fine. Don't know why there was such a difference, but I would definitely go back.
zappa - 11 Mar 2008 16:24
Returned last Monday. Not the best day choice for lunch and bringing two business colleagues for there was a power cut. This made not a lot of difference to the meal served up, except for no chips. They rustled up an excellent meal, and obviously know how to use other than the standard pub microwave. Suggest you try it for the electricity is most probably on by now!
Thanks guys and girls. Remind me which wine was two in from the right. £3 was good value.
BillyC - 19 Jul 2007 17:53
Always a bad sign when a pub has TV on several screens all showing BBC2 for no apparent reason, with the sound out of synch. Apart from Jeremy Clarkson echoing around the bar, there was no atmosphere. Beer OK, staff indifferent. Shame, because it looks to have potential.
zappa - 28 May 2007 11:27
Recently held a lunchtime party for 30 people and the staff were brilliantt . The buffet was excellent and was continullay replenished with hot food throughout the two hours.
Many strangers to the pub commented on how friendly everyone was; almost like a home rather than a business. They like the beer as well.

anonymous - 21 May 2007 08:23
Brilliant pub!So friendly and warm.I found the couple behind the bar who served us really pleasant and helpful. The Sunday lunch we had was superb just like mamma used to make. We have recently met the landlord and his wife, they are so enthusiastic and excited about getting the pub how they want it. So refreshing!
The location is perfect in the Summer months where you can sit and sip a pimms by the waters edge and watch the boats pass you by.Oh Bliss. Highly reccomended The Red Lion has become a part of my social life.
lesley1 - 19 Jan 2007 13:18
Great pub & food, beer kept well and reasonable prices.
What more do we want. A must.
Munchy - 11 Jan 2007 17:36
Great pub. Have been a couple of times, and food has been excellent, and all beers well kept - esp a great pint of London Pride.

Service and atmosphere are fine, and will definitely be back soon.
Beer_O_Clock - 11 Jan 2007 13:50
Used to live in Richmond Drive and knew this pub well in the 80's. Not as good as I remember but it was a long time ago. Service and beer OK but nothing to write home about.

Looks like money been spent recently so somebody is committed to making improvements. Has the potential of being a good watering hole.
ANOther - 11 Dec 2006 17:04
I held my wedding reception in the newly refurbished restaurant in October. Only 20 people but wonderful setting and nothing was too much trouble. The food and wine was excellent - we were all made to feel very special!
anonymous - 21 Nov 2006 13:09
Visited again recently and saw the continuing improvements that the landlord is making. Refurbished front bar, a lounge complete with proper settees leading to a small sheltered patio which is a suntrap; a dining room full of character, (cold or cool according to the time of year) One public bar still to be done though. Outside, work is going on to re-establsih the riverside garden. A lot of work and money has gone into the place and the staff are friendly to newcomers and regulars alike. The Food is freshly cooked with big helpings but the prices are not cheap - share a sandwich and salad as it will fill you up.
Verdict: a good pub well worth a visit, and I bet you will be back.
twithuis - 11 Aug 2006 17:10
I LOVE this pub. A good old fashioned pub with friendly bar staff and decent other drinkers. Maybe not to everyones tastes but for me it is spot on
AshfordBee - 7 Jul 2006 10:12
Nice pub close to the Thames had a pint of London Pride which was well kept and not overly priced. Didn't eat so I can't comment on the food. But the staff and locals were friendly enough.
Womble - 23 Jun 2006 17:04
Brought the Mrs and kids here for lunch a few Sundays back, give the old girl a break from cooking. Hmm, no brownie points for me. Some of this pub looks OK, suitable for younger people I'd say. Other parts are very very smokey,tired and worn. Situated on a busy main road so not really child friendly.
The food.....can only be described as very very below average. The Mrs was not happy and the kids just picked at theirs, and it was far from reasonably priced. It was obvious from our full plates returning to the kitchen that the meal was not received well....but no one seemed to care enough to ask.
The service was very poor and the lady behind the bar made you feel like she was doing you a favour by serving you, that is when she dragged herself away from her chums. I don't see why I should wait to spend my hard earned cash.It's not as if the place was busy.
Overall, not a good experience. Shepperton has much better than this to offer.
David.P - 22 Jun 2006 14:55
Havenít been in this establishment for a few years; as it USED to be full of undesirables and carnival folk. What a change. Great looking pub which is now fulfilling its potential. Beer was great and the menu was very appealing. In the words of the Governor of California ď Iíll be backĒ
anonymous - 2 Jun 2006 11:23
I work in one of the "local chains" and I can confidently say I have never charged a customer £7 for a piece of cheesecake and one scoop of ice cream, which is what I was charged.
When the landlord first moved here, he came for dinner in the place I work at and everyone refused to go to his table because he was soooo rude
anonymous - 21 May 2006 22:26
I just dont get it....?? I have been going to the Red Lion since my uncle worked there 30yrs ago... The new landlord of eighteen months has bought a pub that had been left to go very slowly downhill!! He, namely Peter, is trying his best to re-furb the WHOLE building, unfortunately he doesn't have a money plant to shake to pay for this 'overnight transistion' hence it will take a bit longer!!! The pub does need some TLC, and Peter is trying his hardest to replace and restore this fantastically located pub!! Give him a break!!
A few 'undesireables' did try to sneak back in with the change over, and were given the benefit of the doubt - hence they have now gone again!!!
This is a charming, friendly and very charateristic pub it has improved immensely within the new owners arrival and when ALL the works are finished I'm sure it will be the best pub around again!!!
SMOKING IS PERMITTED UNTIL THE CHANGES IN THE LAW TAKE PLACE.
You cannot please evryone all of the time, but it is far better than the local 'chains' that serve BRAKE BROS packet meat and microwave veg!!! just try for yourself and see..... No matter what he does people will moan - that is life!! BUT the locals are FAB characters!!!
alisonclarke - 19 May 2006 19:39
As promised took the family for lunch on Sunday (wife drove) had a few more pints of London Pride clean and crisp. Roast beef rare, great veg, proper Yorkshire puddings and jug gravy, could not fault it.

Kids played safely in the garden bit so the wife and I had some quiet time.

Met the landlord Peter, great guy ex-rugby player at Rosslyn Park full of great jokes and also met his new wife Hannah who looks at home pulling pints.

House red at £ 12.50 was great and I had a snooze in the car on the way home.

A proper pub, I will return.
Munchy - 15 May 2006 13:03
After a long drive and getting lost I saw The Red Lion, Mr Thirsty and Mr Hungry were present.I went in an what a pleasent suprise proper pub food, steak & ale pie, real mash and crisp vegetables with a good gravy (large portions to satisfy Mr Hungry) and a cool clear pint of ale.

Staff where pleasant and efficiant the locals in the bar made me feel welcome and laughed at the landlords dry sense of humour.

I do not understand the comments below although I will return if I get lost again in the part of England to sit in the garden next to the river and try their food again.
Munchy - 12 May 2006 17:29
I called into "The Red Lion" today with some clients after a meeting hoping to get some lunch. I had not been to this pub for a few years but I remember it being quiet friendly and homely. NOT ANY MORE.
The pub itself is now very odd. I agree with other comments, it is like three or four different pubs/bars in one. And none of them seem to work.
We waited at the bar for some time before a lady (later to be informed this lady was none other than the owner)arrived. We tried to order some drinks and food but she just looked at us, with what I can only describe as a "dirty" look, ignored us and walked away. I asked her again for some service as she walked by and she grunted "that she was busy"!! It did not look that busy to us, and no wonder if this is the greeting you receive. We left and went to the "Kingfisher" its about two minutes up the road but miles and miles ahead on SERVICE, atmosphere and the food is great too.
Reading other comments about "The Red Lion" all I can say is "self praise is no praise" or maybe the folk that frequent this dirty and unfriendly pub 'know no better'.
We will not be back or recommend.
Note to landlady.....get some manners!!!!!
sophietaylor - 4 May 2006 13:06
Bit of an odd pub, but not too bad. A series of different rooms makes it almost 3 different pubs in one. The main bar is an old tatty room full of smoke and regulars, but out the back it is almost All Bar One esque. There is also a restaurant.

Not massively impressed, but I've been in worse.
TheGP - 17 Apr 2006 11:02
Hi Everyone,
Just got back from the Red Lion and had a great time this afternoon.
Reading the previous reviews, it seems to me that there are a few disgruntled 18 year olds trying to get back at the landlord for "chucking them out".
The "pool room" has gone.-Replaced by a large area with real leather chairs, sofas and coffee tables.
There is also a new rear courtyard and recently cleared River Garden.
Why anybody could try and slag the Red off is beyond me. I have been living and drinking in Shepperton for 25 years.The new Landlord is only trying to put his mark on a previously run down establishment.
Get off the internet and go for a pint!!!!!!!!!!!1
Harvey
harvspencer - 8 Apr 2006 19:34
Have often visited the pub at lunchtime over the past year and found a good friendly welcome. Whether sitting by the river with workmates, on my own, or even with the wife many a pleasant hour I have spent there. The Pride is well kept, and the food comes in rather too large a portion for me and the accompanying salad is always fresh and interesting - no tired lettuce and a slice of hard cucumber here.
My experience of evenings is limited so cannot coment on that but it is an ideal summer lunchtime spot - just a shame about its closeness to the road.
twithuis - 4 Apr 2006 20:45
And......Almost had a pint there the other night. I say "almost", 'cos two punters started screaming at each other and you could cut the atmos with a rusty knife. No thanks. I enjoy real pubs with real characters and real ale but this was liking stepping into the ninth circle of hell..!

I may attempt a beverage when it freezes over.
r_u_punter - 3 Apr 2006 15:18
This pub needs to make much more of an effort. It is the nearest pub to my house, but I refuse to drink in there. It used to be good, but went quickly downhill with a change of ownership.
Resembles Kurtz's Compound in Apocalypse Now. Avoid!
r_u_punter - 3 Apr 2006 15:16
Not really sure what these last few posts are talking about. Recently took a party of people in for a bite to eat and pint, and it was fine. Yes there is a need to refit one of the bar areas ASAP, but the lounge and dinning area are recently completed and very comfortable. The music in one bar (with the TV's) was a little loud and could be turned down. The TV's were on, but no drunken "pisshead picking fights". Food was to an excellent level and decent portions. Prices are a little high, but in line with others in the area. Will be going back here.
r_u_local - 3 Apr 2006 12:12
This is the worst pub I have ever had the misfortune to step into. Infact it was so bad I insisted on sitting outside the front in the cold just to avoid the unfriendliness (Think of The Slaughtered Lamb pub in American Werewolf only worse).
Slurring pissheads picking fights and shouting at TVs.
sod1 - 20 Mar 2006 10:40
This is quite the worst pub I have visited in a long time. Went for Sunday lunch and the food was very much below average. I have never seen a yorkshire pud like it - a sort og soggy mass. The bread and butter pudding was either a microwavable or tinned product. The other downside was that you cannot just have a roast you have to pay for the dessert as well. I think it was £12 which for what it was is outrageous. The whole place seemed dirty and scruffy - everything was worn. The staff were more interested in chatting to their customer mates about last night. These customers who were pretty much the only other people in the place were VERY loud including loud conversations on mobile phones. The only reason I rate this 1 out of 10 is because the beer was OK.
Cigale - 10 Mar 2006 17:14
Forgot to mention....don't eat the food. Over priced and poor quality, rather insulted by what we were expected to eat. And yes, this pub has seen better days, very unclean and grubby. Won't be back.
pppp - 17 Feb 2006 11:41
Order a drink and the random number generator comes into play...Get lucky and you get an ok price, not and your round of 4 pints and a wine may come to £28.42!!!!!
pppp - 17 Feb 2006 11:36
Not the healthiest place to go: smoking allowed (and practised) throughout; flies everywhere - inside and out; limited selection of food, mostly very fatty. The place urgently needs a makeover: upholstery worn so thin it shines, seats too low for the tables, windows that shake every time a truck passes! Indifferent staff. High prices. Redeeming feature: a nice pint of Courage Best :-)
Trev - 8 Nov 2005 14:29
Took the wee lady there last week for an evening meal and both enjoyed the pub grub.
There's 4 starters and about a dozen main courses, plus half a dozen puds.
The lady managed just the main one of haddock and chips and I wolfed thru all 3 courses. Well it was her birthday.
Good wine selection, good value food and freshly cooked. Caring staff.
Go try it
BillyC - 6 Oct 2005 19:03
I had a great Sunday lunch here, rare roast beef (as opposed to dried up left in the oven too long!) Good wine list, service was excellent - I will be back.
I don't know if the previous reviewers were unlucky, but we all had a splendid time!
JamesFW - 19 Sep 2005 19:23
When I visited this pub for lunch I too was very disappointed with the cheese ploughmans. But this was nothing on the dessert I ordered.
I asked for the cheesecake that wwas served with cream (£3.50) but asked if instead of the cream I could have ice cream. I was charged for a portion of ice cream at £3.50 but only received 1 scoop. I think £7 for a cheesecake is a bit excessive. I for one will never eat there again
sarah101 - 23 Aug 2005 00:19
It's a shame that this pub with it's excellent riverside location has little else to offer. The food in this pub has gone dramatically downhill over the last year. Be warned this was the worse food I think I have ever been served to me anywhere. The cheese ploughmans was an absolute joke, the presentation being even worse than the content. It consisted of a large chunk of cheap & tasteless cheddar, a piece of stale bread, half a brown apple, a pickled onion & one tomato! All for £5.50! The ceaser salad was just as bad, featuring a small overcooked dry piece of chicken, lettuce, dressing & around 30 large croutons to pad it out!

Complained to the Landlord, who did to his credit give us a complete refund on our food, but he did seem slightly remorseless about the whole thing.

To sum it up, we were 'insulted' by the food in this pub, be warned - do not eat here!!, go to Thames Court, The Boat House or The Kingfisher, which are all streets ahead of the food served here!
alovesey - 18 Jul 2005 10:46
heres a fascinating fact. the landlord of this pub is peter moran, none other than Pogo Patterson from tvs grange hill in the 1980s
paulinlondon - 17 May 2005 03:02
Cracking little riverside pub, you have to dodge the fast traffic if you cross the road to the little beer garden by the side of the Thames but it is worth it. The food is great - their £5.95 'breakfast' is a struggle for anyone to finish.

The beer is well kept and the service is friendly and personal.
Woody Fisher - 7 Jul 2004 23:49
18th century typical old english pub, with delicious homemade food,friendly welcoming landlord and staff.the pub sits directly opposite the river thames and has an outside terrace or river garden.
n haskins - 5 Mar 2004 19:28

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