Red Lion, Chalton - pub details
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Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13794) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
- Food served, Real ale
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|Went here during a long walk around the South Downs. Beautiful historic pub in a beautiful rural setting. According to the landlady it dates back to the 12th C. and is meant to be the oldest pub in Hampshire. As a Fullers pub had the usual suspects in the form of London Pride, HSB, Seafairers etc, but did have a guest ale from the Bowmans Brewery. Went for the full bodied taste of an HSB and went and sat in the garden out back overlooking the Downs. Food was slightly overpriced but looked good. Will visit again when in the area.|
hampshirehog - 4 Sep 2014 19:00
|Food looked great but we were there for the beer on a warm Saturday lunchtime in June. Busy with walking groups, bar service was quick and polite, beer (HSB) was tasty and well kept. We'll be back to try that food out...|
pkrp - 12 Jun 2013 22:38
|This is the nicest pub in all of Hampshire (in my opinion). I have been using it for over 30 years. For years my wife and I have been walking to the pub almost every week. I really love the place.|
BUT I DON'T GO ANYMORE
I prefer other places for food (someone has already mentioned 5 Bells at Buriton). I mainly go to the Red Lion for the beer (HSB of course), and it is always good, no complaints there.
So what's the problem you might ask?
GETTING SERVED is the problem. At lunchtimes there is rarely more than one person behind the bar, if quiet often he is out the back. Also, if in the new part of the pub he will not see you standing alone, like a lemon in the public bar (unless he is looking, which he is not). You can stand there for 5 minutes without anyone in sight. After finally getting served you decide you want to order something to eat or get another drink you go through the whole waiting process all over again. It drives me so crazy that I have stopped going. I don't want to spend my leisure time standing at an unmanned bar. I guess it might be part of a general cutback, but it was never like this with any of the previous managers that I have known. Some would have poured your next drink before you got your backside off the bench!
HSBplease - 1 Dec 2012 18:58
|Visited this beautiful pub with the family and were delighted with everything. The food is reasonably priced, great choices for all the family and the quality of the food was really good. Staff were friendly, inviting and knowledgeable of their food and wine and the setting is beautiful. Would recommend you visit The Red Lion but probably best to book as they were really busy!|
SandraEastlake - 11 Sep 2011 10:26
|I must admit I am very wary of reviews from people who have registered just to give a pub a glowing write up & nothing more is heard of them. I always look to see which other pubs reviewers have commented on, if none I take their single review with a pinch of salt. |
Consequently our walking group will pop into the Red Lion this weekend for a pint to check it out for ourselves. But we shall be having lunch at the Five Bells in Buriton.
John.T - 15 Mar 2011 11:42
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