Red Lion, Badlesmere - pub details
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please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.
|First time of visiting. not very impressed, only 3 out of 6 handpumps working, all with Hophead lookalikes on (very light, weak and grossly overhopped).|
Advertised band did not turn up, no apology or explanation, just "Oh, they're not here"
Barmaid seemed to have problems understanding our orders, and both of them, plus the man at the bar I assumed to be the boss, totally ignored us when we said goodnight, be a long time before any of us return.
RobinDay - 19 May 2013 22:54
|Love it, favourite pub. Atmosphere, log fires in the winter, a large garden. Family oriented but with a freindly group of locals and regulars. A free house so a changing selection of beer. |
Worth a drive out to. Heartily recommend.
shottendenaveling - 6 Nov 2012 22:04
|A recent mid week visit here was slightly dissapointing with 3 out of 6 handpumps on dispensing Masterbrew, Sheps Festival Beer and one other which wasn't anything to write home about although they were drinkable. This is the third visit this year and each one has been slightly dissapointing with pumps underutilised and poor selection. If you are in the area its worth travelling on to faversham.|
Swalebeermiester - 25 Sep 2011 17:05
|I have been visiting the Red Lion for around 6 years, probably around every couple of months when I get chance. |
We usually visit as a family in the day times to have some lunch and stay a couple of hours, we have always found it very relaxing. It seems to be a family run business and the landlady and her staff have always made us feel very welcome, chatting and remembering us every time we have re visited. The waitresses fly around like busy bees and are always keen to accomodate our needs.
The lunch time menu offers the right balance of favourites such as scampi and chips and ploughmans with crusty bread, but also seasonal variations such home-made steak and ale pies with veg- all of which are reasonably price for home made food. Recently, I have noticed them creeping a bit more up market, I last saw a special of pheasant with a shrewsbury sauce, it looked delicious.
My husband is the beer drinker of the family and has always rated the beer excellent in terms of quality but also in the variation of breweries on offer, most of which are local micro-breweries.
On our last visit a month ago, to our surprise- the pool table had vanished! At first this was a little disapointing as our sons enjoy playing pool, however the pool table has been replaced with a comfy seating area, which is both classy and relaxing. It has changed the whole feel of the pub along with additional tables for diners and other 'snug' fireside areas where board games are close to hand!
Overall, we love this pub and bring friends as often we can. Definitely worth a visit!
Keep it up!
melanie101 - 18 Nov 2010 12:51
|I suppose I've been something of an infrequent visitor to this pub for the last 11 years or so; i.e. once every 2-3 years. So whether that's enough to qualify me to comment I don't know. But I might as well anyway. The Red Lion is a GBG regular; hence my awareness of it. It's actually a pretty average-looking unaffected sort of local boozer, with no frills. Plenty of space to sit both in and out of doors (don't forget the rear garden), and what looks to be fairly reasonable food, although take that with a pinch of salt as I've yet to eat here. Ale-wise, I must confess to always being a smidgin disappointed, not in the quality of what's been served, or even the choices on offer; it's more the fact that I've never seen every pump occupied. Often only 3 of 6 are on and some Guide-listed pubs certainly work a little harder to keep their berth in the beer-bible. Nevertheless, the conditioning seems consistent, and the Skinners Betty Stogs was in good nick last Friday lunchtime. But I wasn't around in the evening. I suspect with alt the locals in it could be a corker - maybe future reviewers will enlighten us. Anyhow, worth the time for a visit.|
TWG - 25 Jul 2010 20:51