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The Red Lion, Willingdon - pub details

Address: 99 Wish Hill, Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 9HQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12179)

Nearest train stations Hampden Park (1.3 miles), Polegate (1.8 miles), Eastbourne (2.5 miles)

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

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> Current user rating: 6.4/10 (rated by 11 users)
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Attractive Victorian pub near the South Downs. I had a pint of Badger beer and duck with roast potatoes. Staff were friendly and food was served within 20 minutes. Caroline and Alan who run the pub left on 22nd June after my visit last week. It will be interesting to visit the pub again under new management.
Robin_from_Swanage - 25 Jun 2012 18:44
Came here a couple of times at the turn of the century for Eastbourne v Horsham bar billiards. Nice friendly pub and they put on some nice food for us.
tommo5 - 12 Aug 2011 20:07
Gastropub with a decent upmarket menu which delivers haute cuisine at an acceptable price level, given its location in an affluent village at the foot of the South Downs. Interesting George Orwell connection, as the place is mentioned in his novel Animal Farm. Recommend the Duck Confit at 8.50 and the Pickled Partridge real ale. The place was obviously off season so only a few couples and young families enjoying lunchtime food when visited but I can imagine the place doing a roaring trade later in the year, especially from ramblers etc. Definitely a place centred around delivering excellent cuisine, real ale and hospitality in a comfortable and quiet surrounding to the more discerning punter. Don't come her for a rowdy humdinger of a p*ss-up. PS, they have theme food evenings such as Russian which look quite interesting.
DangerousChris - 20 Jan 2010 20:01
Went here for an evening meal - but we were disappointed with the food selection, and distinct lack of healthy options.......
Only 1 vegetarian main dish (it was pasta with 3 cheeses - not very exciting). The soup (vegetable soup) was "finished" - it was only 7:30pm!
The chips were lovely, but covered in salt.
No brown bread in sight - all white bread.
Nice food, but we weren't impressed. Probably won't be choosing this pub again.
simonlaundon1 - 7 Jan 2010 10:51
Seven of us (including 2 walkers with well cleaned boots although muddy waterproofs) arrived between 12 noon and 12.30 on a Wednesday lunch time and all was rather quiet, although we got a warm welcome from the friendly landlady.

The pub was clean tidy and largely as most pubs are these days laid out for dining.
The Beer on hand pump was Badgers best, Badgers Pickled Partridge and Tanglefoot which made a nice change from Harveys (not that there is anything wrong with Harveys)
I sampled Pickled Partridge and Badgers Best both were refreshing and well kept hoppy brews.

The choice of food was very good I settled for Duck Confit on a bed of mashed root veg and served with with some very tasty red cabbage, this was 8.50.
There were several other specials including Liver and Bacon Casserole at 7.95, Rack of Lamb, Bubble and Squeek, Local sausages and mash , Corned beef hash and a LOT more. There were also pub favourites such as Scampi and Burgers etc. There was Pie of the day and Curry of the day.
An over 60's special was Liver and bacon followed by a sweet all for 5.95!

There were some wonderful traditional sweets as well, such as Rice Pudding, Crumble, Sponge Pudding and Syrup and again a LOT more.
Compared to the poor food quality of The 8 Bells at Jevington not so far away THIS pub is SO MUCH BETTER if you want to eat!

Service was prompt despite the pub starting to fill up after 1pm.
Friendly happy staff doing a good job and serving excellent Beer and Food .. BUT DON'T tell too many people .....

Personally I don't MIND paying a few pence a pint more for beer when it is served by friendly people in nice surroundings, for those that do, well please vote with your feet!

For me The Red Lion at Willingdon deserves a good 8 10
roberttherambler - 9 Dec 2009 19:07

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