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Ember Inns establishment with an exterior that is currently under renovation. Located off the main drag in a residential area. Popular with groups and families, it had a reasonable selection of 5 ales - Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Ilkley Mary Jane, M & B Brew XI, St Austell Proper Job & Brakspear Bitter. A bit on the pricey side.
blue_scrumpy - 11 May 2015 17:25
It's okay. Credit to them for having six handpulls and they're not bad. It's a chain pub so you'll get indifferent but efficient service and customers mainly there to drink lager and eat cheap meals. It could be much better but it could also be a lot worse.
djw - 7 Dec 2013 21:22
Great choice of real ales, quality meals, good value, great atmosphere in a lovely building, friendly staff... What's not to love about the Red Lion?

Oh, and no screaming kids to ruin the evening. Perfect!
rentaquote - 12 Sep 2013 23:23
I have visited this pub on a regular (before or after Swim training at Camp Hill Edwardians SC across the road) basis since 1978 and can honestly say the quality and selection of the real ales has never been so high. The staff are always welcoming and the discounts and offers for CAMRA members well received. Well done Ember Inns and the local management for making this place a joy to visit.
stevane - 7 Mar 2013 12:04
Friendly, welcoming, the beer is always superb and the staff are perfect. If only everywhere was like this!
trebor6 - 13 Apr 2012 23:30
Quite good considering it is a chain pub - Skipton Copper Dragon and Purity Pure Ubu on, the pub attracts all ages and staff are good. There is a head on your beer, you are in the Midlands now.
rainlight - 1 Sep 2011 21:17
Cut above the a standard Ember Inn - cosy atmosphere and good range of beers
daveinbrum - 5 Dec 2010 19:16
Good varied beer and food at reasonable prices. Nice atmosphere with friendly locals and friendly staff. Worth a visit at any time.
RLC - 28 Jun 2010 12:57
Great Pints of Purity UBU on Wednesday evening and served in the correct glassware. Good to see Quality Cask Ales served in quality glasses. Well done Ember Inns.
stevane - 26 Feb 2010 16:42
Last nights performance was much better! Pint of Caledonian Top Banana 4.1% a surprisinging odd Banana bitter but very nice. Well pulled, with tight head and non in the drip tray. Well Done!
stevane - 6 Aug 2009 12:48
Oh no! So close but so far away!
Just ordered a pint of Holdens Golden Glow... As it was being pulled it looked perfect, tight creamy head, clearing beer. The barmaid pulled it to the top without spilling, put it down to stand, took my money and rung it up and gave me the change... Fantastic so far.. Then slowly poured more into the glass to top it up, great. Then just when everything was looking perfect... Gave an almighty pull, loosing most of the head down the side of the glass in the drip tray! Then to add insult to injury removed the sprinkler head out if the glass and spayed more beer on top of the remaining head killing it completely and giving it the appearance of dish water! The head was dead within minutes! So close but so so SO far away from the perfect pint!
Get some staff training sorted!!!! PLEASE !
stevane - 22 Jul 2009 18:55
Average pint of Ostlers SPA, decent enough but not in prime condition!
stevane - 1 Jul 2009 18:58
Cask Brew XI was very good - excellent outside, inside leaves much to be desired.
KeithP - 5 May 2009 18:35
Went here to see a folk gig. Very odd to find a folk band upstairs in a chain type pub like this! Beer was OK, some guest ales on that were perfectly passable.

I doubt I would come here again just to drink though, very similar atmosphere to any chain pub - i.e. not a lot!
bitemeimchocolate - 22 Feb 2009 10:29
A reasonable example of the home living room style of pub that Ember Inns provides, but it will be too plasticy for anyone who still likes 'proper' pubs.
I've eaten here twice and the food was terrible the first time (quite a while ago), but much better when I gave it another go fairly recently. Cellar management used to be pretty hopeless with many beers inexplicably off. This also seems to have improved more recently.

The Sunday quiz night is popular and OK despite having too many TV and Film questions. But it is very slow moving as apart from the time limit final round, teams are allowed much too long to hand in answer sheets. If you're sad enough to want to cheat at a pub quiz, this is the one for you!
BlueDave - 15 Feb 2009 15:26
Nice couple of pints of York Brewery's Centurion's Ghost Ale on Monday evening...and I sat in a "High Chair" a high table. I Didn't eat but the service and surroundings are plesant enough and the beer is good.
stevane - 19 Nov 2008 16:19
is there such a thing as a good ember inns? If there is this isn't it.

as for high chairs, i wouldn't let my 9 month old anywhere near an ember inns, if i did i'd feel like i had to hand myself in to social services for child abuse!
mattyboy - 29 Oct 2008 13:47
"No high chairs for a child...."!

This comment sums up why pubs are dying. Pubs are for adults who want to relax. I've lost count of the pubs I have been to where children are running around screaming their heads off with the 'parents' looking on doing nothing!
Beowulf - 26 Oct 2008 08:56
Not very impressed with this pub, what pub these days serves food but has no high chairs at all for a child?


Never again.
lisaweston - 15 Oct 2008 11:17
It's an Ember Inns but BE WARNED... it's worse than even a normal Ember Inns. I had the worst cottage pie I have ever eaten in here. I would say they know how to use a microwave in here but they didn't even get that right, they nuked the icelands own microwaveable cottage pie to death, i couldn't eat it. My friend had the "seafood platter" which must have taken then moments to prepare, it involved the opening of a tin of tuna, a tin of salmon and defrosting some frozen king prawns in the microwave. my beer was awful but i may have just made a bad decision there as usually Embers can be counted on for decent beer. I can't warn you enough abut the food in this place, it should be reported... to the FBI.
mattyboy - 4 Oct 2008 09:59
The Red Lion is a very friendly pub with a good range of beers and soft drinks. The staff are always friendly and helpful although it can get a bit full at times, especially on Tuesdays and Sundays when it is quiz night. The quiz night being excellent by the way. We won over 100 in the quiz the other night as well as there being a quiz raffle as well.
The gardens have just been refurbished to accomadate the non-smokers. So there is something there for everyone's taste.
anonymous - 9 Jul 2007 16:08
Im not yet a fan of this place at all. Looks very nice from the outside and is generally clean etc inside which is something I have found in all ember inns, yet this place just seems like a squashed open places which I like in pubs...its all tables and chairs which make it seem like a restaurant so it might as well be. Beer is ok and prices are same as all Ember Inns. The food is alright thoughh and not bad value just expensive compared to The Hazelwell which is much better and just 5 minutes walk down the road
seaman_max - 5 Jun 2007 16:45
Used to be a cracking boozer, until they turned it into one of those dreadful, formulaic Ember Inns, where the ornaments are stcu to the shelves on the Ikea wall units. I want chintz and stained seats.
MCC - 18 Nov 2005 03:25
A very good pub for a Friday/Saturday evening drink. Non-smoking areas are a bonus, but the one towards the back doesn't seem to work. The beers are good, variable selection of real ales and lagers. The wines are vast too for a chain pub.
lobright - 16 Mar 2005 11:24

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