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Red Lion Inn, Shoreham by Sea

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I notice it's more than a year since the last entry and longer since mine.

Seems to have gone down hill a bit, lesser choice of beer, food not as good as it was.

With the re-vamped Amsterdam across the road, The Red Lion needs to up its game!
Ade.The.Raider - 11 Apr 2017 22:34
Rambling historic pub with extensive menu (lunchtime and evenings only). Three real ales from local microbreweries when we were there. Nice aroma of wood smoke throughout the pub from the real fire. Definitely worth a visit.
simontheeditor - 20 Feb 2016 19:35
I usually visit the Red Lion 2 or 3 three times each rugby season on the way to watch Worthing play.

Fantastic food as they offer a tapas style "any 4 starters for £10" deal, this is seriously good value!

The beers seem to revolve round with Harvey Best being a regular. Last Saturday there was an amazing porter on from the relatively local Bedlam brewery based in Albourne.

Already looking forward to the next visit!
Ade.The.Raider - 24 Sep 2014 12:29
Enjoyed my afternoon here yesterday.
Me and my sister had some nice food in the sun.
Washed down with nice red wine.
Service was good,and polite staff.
Nice man with dog,said the beer was good.
Definitely come back when in the area.
rainbowian - 12 May 2012 13:07
Went here at lunchtime for food. It would have been good to be told that there would be a long delay when we ordered. On ordering our second drink, two other people were querying about when their food would arrive. The young barman was indifferent and could do with some customer service training . When our ploughmans arrived, 40 minutes later, they were poor, not worth £7. Won't eat here again althought the beer was fine.
Zumo - 5 Sep 2011 09:26
Lovely pint of Summer Lightning. Not keen on Kings though. Will visit again soon...
in1dryboy - 4 Jun 2011 18:56
Brilliant interior, full of atmosphere (mind your head, though), log fire, good Irish folk group -Tues. evening (how often?)
valcane - 7 Jan 2011 16:46
oh pat you are so funny and constructive what an amusing muppet you are!
scooter86 - 14 Nov 2010 11:12
"My mother and I ordered quiche"

I wonder if Mike Tyson has ever uttered the above words?

Pat_Bateman - 3 Nov 2010 13:11
Have been frequenting the Red Lion for a few years but not anymore after our visit on saturday with my partner and my parents. The food was absolutely awful. My mother and I ordered quiche which at best could be described as scambled egg on a limp pastry base when it arrived, my partner had the all day english breakfast which was absolutely swimming in grease, my father's chicken meal was ok although he found two hairs in it and my mother found a long blond one in her meal which i would say came from a young guy who was in the kitchen not sure if was the cook but looked very young and inexperienced
as did others hanging around the kitchen area.
I had every intention of complaining when the landlady (who needs to smile more) came over after our meal but she took the plates without a single word! i was expecting 'how were your meals' at least, i was gobsmacked... Maybe she knew something was amiss judging by other dinners leaving half empty plates
Used to enjoy this pub but after such a truly awful experience shall not be frequenting again!
scooter86 - 3 Nov 2010 12:44
Wonderful little pub on the outskirts of Shoreham, mind your head when you walk in though all higher than about 3 foot 6 in.

Let down was the beer though, all apart from the Sussex Best undrinkable. Will put this down to a bad day at the office, we all have them. Still though nice enough pub 7/10
THEALMIGHTYLALA - 14 Sep 2010 21:21
A truly great looking pub but what has happened since my last visit?
Service was poor no Adur beers on tap and what beers were on were not in great shape. Only seemed to be one menu to go round the whole pub. The food was reasonable when it came if somewhat overpriced. I have never minded before because the service and surrounds were of a high class.
Not the pub it used to be.
shoreleaf - 12 Sep 2010 18:44
What a lovely old pub, Great garden front and back, (BUT what a let down , since the last time we were here, The beers was in very poor conditon, a few of us had taken are beer back because it was cloudy and not that wonderfull, And i pour my beer over the flowers, sorry. will be giving you a miss next time we are pasting by , 2 out of 10 for the beers. And 8 out of 10 for the old pub itself.
keela - 9 Sep 2010 11:24
Not long now until the Shoreham airshow.
There is no better place to watch it from. Last year I ordered some excellent ales from the bar and walked over to the bridge across the road and enjoyed the show and my beer.
The windows did rattle a bit when the Euro fighter and Vulcan came over.
beerterrorist - 16 Aug 2010 13:30
Lovely old pub. 10/10.
Passing_By - 11 Jul 2010 18:27
A bit of a trek for those coming from Shoreham centre, but on a fine day not unpleasant and ultimately worthwhile, for there are plenty of potential rewards at the Red Lion. It clearly must have been one of the only buildings in the area at one time - it and 3 other thatched cottages nearby pre-date the rest of the nearby structures by some 300 years. How charming it must have been when it was an old coaching inn!
Still, that's not to say it's lost its relevance or intrinsic appeal because of busy traffic and surrounding development. It remains a little gem with genuine oak beams, little alcoves and cubby holes, a low ceiling, and a warm character exudes throughout.
About 5 pumps are regularly discharging fine ale; breweries represented inclde the local Hammerpot and Adur. Sampled some of the former's White Wing and the latter's St Andrew (I THINK that's what it was called but at a deceptive 6.2% maybe I can forgive myself for being unsure!) which was reminiscent of Old Peculier. Way too steep at £3.80, but all other beers were within current common margins so I assume this was deter people like me from quaffing it by the pint. It didn't work.
Service was efficient and pleasant, and on an early Saturday evening the place was attracting a mix of elderly diners, families and youngsters preparing for a bigger night out on the town. It seems to have the local market sown up, and why not if you can successfully appeal to a wide range of folk and they all mix comfortably, it's as good a model for future-proofing as any licensee can get.
Food was not needed, but we did notice a fairly broad menu with the now-customary items listed at to-be-expected prices. Having observed some dishes as they emerged from the kitchen en route to their owner, I must say they looked both generous and tasty and I would consider having a go if I was here and found myself hungry.
There is a generous provision of outdoor seating at the front and also a garden at the rear. Actually, in the interests of brevity, when reviewing this pub it'd probably be better to list what it doesn't have rather than what it does!

Could have remained here for several more but the crawl had to continue. Recommended.
Could easily have remained
TWG - 21 Jun 2010 17:21
My wife and I have visited The Red Lion 2-3 times per week for around 8 years. During that time, we have consistently been treated with great courtesy, have enjoyed many well-cooked and well presented meals and have enjoyed a multitude of interesting and excellently cared for beers.

Interestingly we have never ever seen pasties on the menu during this time and have never found the staff to be anything other than helpful and friendly.

It is to be wondered if some contributers recall the same pub as we do, or else are somewhat mischievous!

Well done to the Landlady and All Staff at The Red Lion time after time after time.

P.S. The Easter weekend Adur Beer Festival is outstanding.

Maturescooper - 5 Jun 2010 23:13
Had 2 REALLY good meals last night. Service was excellent and extremely friendly - as one would expect from a local pub-- - where people get these delusions of items that are not even on the menu ( ie. Pasties which have never been on the menu) or -steaks with baked potatoes from is a mystery to me - although they they will accommodate all preferences ) . Nothing is ever perfect but we have found that the Red Lion in Shoreham-by Sea will at least go as far as possible to cater for all whims and fancies.Recommended to all good ale drinkers and folk who want a GOOD wholesome meal at very reasonable prices all the year round - beware the low beams ( makes it fun though!!!)
naxxarmike - 5 Jun 2010 19:32
Truly appalling food served by very surly staff! I don't consider microwaved soggy pasties with a slab of mashed potato and some dried up peas acceptable when I am paying nearly £9! Such a terrible shame as the beer is very good. If you want my advice, just don't eat there!
brightonbrawler - 7 Apr 2010 16:11
we have been going here for food early evening about once every 3 or 4 weeks, for the last few years. and once every 6 months we have a bad meal and say we wont go back, but we do because of the beer and the character of the place.
The food is definatly not consistant, maybe this is a staffing thing ? ie chef only on 5 nights a week and the other 2 kitchen run by bar staff?
overall its still a good pub, 8 out of 10. but be careful with the grub
yardale - 29 Mar 2010 20:42
Very busy at lunchtimes with staff from a nearby clothing factory I think, so lots of chat accross the pub. Sarnies are OK, didn't try anything hot. Beer good I thought. Cosy, handy for the airshow.
lumponmyhead - 25 Mar 2010 21:22
Pub ok, but not as good as expected from advert. Beer good but food very disappointing. Had nice starter (Whitebait) but maincourse took nearly an hour (and the pub was not busy!) and when it came, it was not very well cooked. We had steak and asked for it to be medium cooked, but it was nearly raw in parts and the jacket potatoes were microwaved and not very well at that. We wont be going there again!
fstonebazza - 4 Feb 2010 00:14
Nice pub, a beams and low ceiling kind of place (careful is you're over 5'6"). Nice patio / garden at the back or you can sit out at the front and watch the world go by. I don't want to say anything about the service, but the beer was in good condition.
ZapuTheSnake - 5 Jul 2009 13:51
Lovely pub for a drink, food awful. We waited for over an hour for our food and when it arrived it was very disappointing. In fact other people walked out as their food was cold. Microwave not working then!! Perhaps they need to employ a qualified chef! The gentleman who served us almost threw the food on the table, my friend and I at one point thought we would end up wearing our dinners!! So I would visit for a drink again but best to eat somewhere else.
derm - 5 Jul 2009 09:05
Lovely location and of course great for beer. Hope they don't change the old fashioned appeal of this pub.
TheSensiblePubReviewer - 21 Jun 2008 11:13
Nothing more to add to the other comments except to say how well it is run and to check out their beer festivals...small car park behind and beer garden to the rear of the pub...simple, friendly, reasonably priced food, good beer..what more is needed? BQ 9
Insearchofthebestpint - 26 May 2008 16:59
Harveys, Kings Old Ale, Itchen Valley Godfather, One Hop, & Hampshire Fallover (6%). VERY low ceiling around main bar area where a roaring log fire made for a warm welcome, some wooden booth seating then leads to a family room at one end, and away from the bar in the other direction is a higher ceilinged room set up for dining. Covered area out back so the smokers neednít get wet. Great beer & lovely pub, why oh why do we have to suffer radio commercials in such a place?
trainman - 18 Nov 2007 13:08
Pub situated in perfect place for drinks/food after a cycle trip/walk.
aleman - 31 Aug 2007 12:20
Wery nice pub. Good beer and also good food.
northwinter - 26 Jul 2007 20:36
Very pleasant watering hole, and convenient for Shoreham airport which is just opposite. A couple of pilot friends were regulars there when they lived in Shoreham & recommended it. Not too keen on the food though.
trottis - 23 Jul 2007 00:39
Intersting range of ales enjoyed on our visit here and there were nice views too.
gillhalfpint - 5 Jun 2007 10:26
This pub has a nice atmosphere to it and the beer is great. I also find the food a bit pricey. The decor and style is lovely but don't forget to duck coming in the door unless you are under 5 foot tall!!
Fenultimate - 27 Apr 2007 18:34
Never been here personally, but have an interesting exterior shot of the pub taken around 1940. It was a favourite watering-hole of my Dad and his RAF mates during WW2. Very few physical changes apart from relocated front entrance. Happy to email if anyone interested.
Bonecrusher - 13 Apr 2007 12:04
The gallows used to be outside apparently. nice atmosphere
anonymous - 19 Jan 2007 23:56
Lovely cool refuge on a hot day. Impressive array of beers and a lovely old building. Food a big let down - chain pub quality at premium prices. Don't know about it being a coaching inn though. I grew up in Shoreham and was always told it used to be the town motuary at one time. Could do so much better.
REVERENDBAZ - 7 Aug 2006 09:38
What a lovely old pub this is. An interesting selection of real ales and the nice atmosphere always make it worth the journey. It's a fair stomp from the station on foot, but the 2A bus stops right outside.
southdown12jack - 31 Jul 2006 16:16
very nice walk along old rail track to a very nice pub with a selection of real ales very nice but food i thought was very expensive except the brunch £4.95 got very busy at one stage but a nice garden to sit in
anonymous - 11 May 2006 16:39
Very olde worlde pub with a single bar area and two seperate dining areas each side.Plenty of outside seating back and front of pub.Six real ales on tap.Watch your head as you walk around.Very low ceilings.
apa - 11 May 2006 08:31
BEST PUB. Nice staff and great food. Awesome selection of drinks. Stella is the best. Seating areas are good.
jacobfields - 22 Aug 2005 02:30
Good beer selection, usually well kept and fine location overlooking the river and airport.
aph - 8 Mar 2005 11:39
Interesting Pub split on many levels, with a good looking menu, great selection of local beer and friendly, welcoming staff.
Darryl - 5 Sep 2004 20:16
A very good place to stop off at following a cycle ride along the south downs link. Nice atmosphere in what seems a very old building. Food and beer is good
aleman - 9 Aug 2004 14:13
A genuine 16th/17th century inn with low beamed ceiling, snug drinking areas, excellent food and an ever changing range of real ales. Excellent!
Roger - 13 Jul 2004 16:52
Excellent pub for the real ale drinker, situated on the outskirts of Shoreham by the old toll bridge. There are usually five or six beers available, including such gems as "Summer This" from the Hog's Back Brewery. There's plenty of seating inside, a secluded beer garden out the back, plus seating out the front where you can watch the world go by (Shoreham airport is just the other side of the river).
The pub is a hive of activity with mini beer festivals, barbeques, Morris dancing and folk music events. Coupled with an extensive and interesting menu, this place is always worth a trip!
Robin - 8 Jul 2004 08:09

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