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Red Lion, Winfrith Newburgh

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user reviews of Red Lion, Winfrith Newburgh

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I stayed on the campsite at the back of the pub in June. Rolled up for 1 night, stayed for 2 weeks. It's perfect for touring the area. The food, the staff, the full experience, I would recommend to anyone visiting the area. Highly recommended.
LennyMain - 5 Oct 2013 16:47
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keystone - 8 Feb 2013 11:33
Its strange sometimes reading other peoples reviews that are the polar opposite of your own experience. The staff when we visited (south African family) were absolutely lovely and the food was superb. HUGE portions but good stuff. Something about the outside has put me off going but I was pleasantly suprised once we went.
shaggoth - 27 Aug 2012 18:02
A friendly welcome from the (Scottish) manager, who was very attentive, although my lunchtime visit only required a sandwich. A good pint of Badger - in an H&W pub, you must expect to be served with their ales, whatever you think of them. Worth a re-visit, if beer and food needed.
saffrons - 8 Mar 2012 20:04
This would be the ideal establishment for Penguins or Polar bears !!Their idea of heating is putting the lights on.We have been in some pretty dreary pubs in this area but this one is a winner-the owner seems to take great delight in criticising the staff in public-which I found embarassing-and the general staff attitude is one of contempt for anybody daft enough to try and order at the bar.Needless to say we didn`t stay-hyperthermia was not on our New Years List
ropeseller - 2 Jan 2012 22:45
Expensive beers £3.90 a pint,found the food bland and tasteless,when complained to manager he told me know one else had said anything!!! Lots of swearing coming from bar which is off puting when you have a family.Will not use again.....
manpub - 13 Feb 2011 10:50
This is more of a dining establishment than a pub,some of the staff were less than happy to have people stay overnight which meant them having to work late (11pm). By 21.30 the place was empty as all diners had gone even a couple of locals who popped in about 22.00 were told the pub was closed, if you plan to stay the night in the area I would advise you look elsewhere
tamw - 11 Oct 2010 15:58
This is what used to be called “a roadhouse” during the golden age of motoring, a biggish pub beside the main Wareham to Dorchester road. The interior is a lovely old 1930s brewers tudor rendition, with wood panelling, low ceilings, diamond leaded window partions and a nice carved front to the bar. Two main rooms with dark furniture and two bar counters. Hall and Woodhouse's Badger beers, including Tanglefoot and Lemony Cricket, not my favourite brewer but the beer was well enough kept. The ales are supported by the usual mass market lagers, stout and ciders plus HB export which I believe is a German import. Food served all day according to the signs inside and out, the staff seemed rather bored by it all.

oldboots - 10 Sep 2009 19:13
Good beers and very good fish dishes! Friendly staff too.....recommended.
TEL3 - 3 Jul 2009 23:34
Very pleasant pub and an ideal stop while travelling. The beers are kept well - the Tanglefoot was spot-on and the Palmer's Lemony Cricket was, well, different. The food is very good and the menu quite extensive and a little bit different - however it is quite expensive and the portions are not generous.
BobOs - 21 Jun 2009 09:52
We have eaten at the Red Lion 6 or 7 times in the last year and the food has been excellent everytime.
We have taken a few friends for meals there too just the other week we ate there 2 nights running and again the food was excellent. We ate early evening about 6.00pm and there was only another group eating and 3 locals at the bar. The only down side is it has cost me more than a £1000 for both meals as some inconsiderate individual reversed into my car and drove off from the scene without leaving any details. I just hope they didnt drive off because they were over the limit!
smeaton44 - 20 Nov 2008 22:10
The well kept Badger ales are very good.
Food can be expensive, though the quality is generally very good.
It can get very busy at certain times, but the staff are very attentive.
nomadic_boozer - 14 Apr 2008 14:00
This pub is very much a family dining affair, so if that's your thing, then fine.

We just wanted a snack so opted for the baguettes, for £7 we were expecting something special, but what arrived was very sub average. The food on the other tables looked OK, but again very expensive.

Also, this is a badger pub, so don't expect much quality in the way of beer.

Looking on the bright side, the decor is attractive inside.


man_versus_horse - 23 Mar 2008 13:00
Surprising good food & well kept ales, well worth a visit
pubwatcherdorset - 12 Mar 2008 15:36
A great pub, great food, well-kept beer and friendly staff and locals. Great atmosphere all round. Well worth the 2.5mile walk whenever I return to Dorset (which is fairly often). Thoroughly recommended.
anonymous - 27 Mar 2006 14:24
Food was fantastic and rather reasonable, the ale selection wasn't too bad and as the cask marque accrediration suggests it was a good pint of ale. More than I'd usually like to pay though, £2.60 for a pint but maybe that is normal for that part of the country. The staff were good too.. In short, go here!
bazrox - 1 Aug 2005 09:42

Stopped at this pub several times this year on travels
Staff very pleasant and attentive. Very well run cosy pub with good choice of beers and good sized menu served all day (food good). Children welcome. Sizeable garden with play area. Recommended
SDE - 28 Jun 2005 08:00
New tenant have recently taken charge of this Hall & Woodhouse pub. The beers are what you would expect and the food is very good. Open all day, children and pets welcome.

Well patronised as holiday facilities are nearby
anonymous - 17 Sep 2004 12:59

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