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Excellent, traditional country pub. Good range of beers and all well kept. Landlord and landlady very civilised. The occasional jazz evenings are well worth a visit. No louts.
InBreadWeTrust - 29 Nov 2015 17:21
A community pub on a junction in the country lanes between Stevenage and Luton Airport. ca 4 types of draught beer, well kept and good, if generally conventional, food. Does a good trade from locals (who own the place) as well as townies like me driving into the sticks.
Arctium_lappa - 24 Feb 2013 21:12
Additional - did not appreciate the cat sitting on bar stools, chairs and then looking for food from punters once it started to be served.
Bernie5 - 24 Dec 2012 10:27
Not been here before but as its won the North Herts beard association award, I thought I'd come and see what the fuss was all about. Had a pint and all was good, there was a selection of 4 or 5 as I recall. Food was stunning! Basic stuff in the main but done to a very high standard - parsnip soup was superb - no pun intended. Real fire was excellent also - always a big plus in my book.
However, how they won the CAMRA award I'll never know (Apart from CAMRA being CAMRA if you get my drift). There were dirty light fittings on the ceiling caked in dust and without bulbs, the bar staff were OK but not up to some standards such as OMF in Stevenage or the Lordship in Benington and the general decor was from 1963 - in reasonably good condition but still from 1963!
Good pub overall but not an award winning one in my view - unless you know people in CAMRA of course, in which case Joe publics view is irrelevant.
Bernie5 - 24 Dec 2012 09:58
Had a lovely shep pie in here last week and a couple of pints of Goats Milk which was perfect even though I was the first in on the day. Lovely village full of the rich, asked a guy if there were any small house in Preston , he said "oh no" Funny Iwent to the Preston the city a couple of weeks ago , the contrast is amazing , wealth and poverty . The garden here is excellent too,and if you like a good ale not to far to the excellent Strathmore Arms which has a differerent sort of charm.
Henners - 21 Mar 2011 20:38
The Red Lion is a pub owned by the villageers of Preston in Hertfordshire and the landlord is the manager. The relativley new manager came from The Windmill at Charlton nr Hitchin. Our party of 5 had a very enjoyable Sunday roast (4 had long horn beef and I had a chicken and leek pie). The menu was all home cooked and everyone thought the meal at approx 8.95 for the main course was excellent value. The beef was cooked well and very tender and the veg selection was good. One or two said the meal could have been hotter but it was not cold. The pub was quite busy so this may have added to this. Puddings were also home made and the apple and pear crumble at 3.95 was particularly good. Would Recommend.
plumley - 15 Dec 2010 15:13
What a delightful pub, with a great beer garden. As a stranger you do get the 'up and down look' from the locals as you walk in, but that's understandable as they own it. There's a lovely buzz about the place and is obviously dearly loved by the customers. It has superb ales and the whole place has a vibe that harks back to when the local pub was the cornerstone of the community. We've had lunch twice there now and both times we were really, really chuffed with what we ordered. Everything is home cooked using local ingredients grown on the pub's own allotments. Top notch!
Breathright - 18 Aug 2010 15:08
hi, went to the beer fest here last year and it was superb quality ale,this years is 4-6 nov.
THUNFAN007 - 14 Jul 2010 14:17
This is a lovely traditional English country pub in a small village and is especially nice in the summer as it has a very nice garden at the back. The food is quite nice and the Guiness is usually pretty good. Sometimes has a few hooray Henry type twits at the bar making boorish comments but genrsally a pretty good place for a drink or pub meal.
zoomy - 7 Oct 2009 16:54
Love this place and often visit from Hitchin. Great ever changing guest ales and always to a good standard. The place is great in summer with its huge seating area at the back and great in winter indoors next to the fire.
Its be said before me but have to say one of the best in the UK!
47458sf - 20 May 2009 20:39
Have to be honest and say I have not been to this pub, but I am posting this review on behalf of a work colleague who lives in the next village and rates it very highly.
The background to The Red Lion in Preston is that when Whitbread threatened to close it back in 1982 it became the first pub in the country to be acquired by the locals to keep as a pub.
This explains why it is looked after so well and kept as a top notch village hostelry. And therefore the previous posters who refer to 'The Green Welly brigade' below should make allowances because, without them, there would be no Red Lion in Preston.
Gann - 22 Dec 2008 12:12
Great pub, great beers and Tim is a top notch cellarman and landlord. Usually five beautifully kept beers on hand pump with three from small independents that are regularly changed. House beers are Young's bitter and London Pride. The food is always superb and really is 'home made'. Try Tim's superb game pie when in season from locally sourced game. The welcome is always warm here whether you are local or visitor. One of the finest pubs in England let alone Hertfordshire.
brachwodd - 21 Nov 2007 20:55
Five real ales on; the tim taylor landlord was in good condition.

Perfect location, with a huge beer garden. It is a bit a haunt of green welly brigade though, and am marking it down to 7/10 for that, and for being surprised (given it was a lovely day and very busy) it shut 3pm on the dot on a sunday, turning away it seemed to me a lot of potential custom.

mps77 - 30 Jul 2007 13:34
great pub, beer kept in excellent condition, shame about the snotty barmaid.
tophatter64 - 20 Apr 2007 16:54
This is one of the best pubs i have ever been too!
anonymous - 1 Apr 2007 20:33
A treasure of a pub, strangers to the area may need Mrs Garmin's help to navigate to the village of Preston but well worth the trip. Warm light and airy proper village hostelry with a good range of Guest Ales on tap. Tim the landlord very knowledgable about Britains beers and most helpful chappie. I trekked out there on the one night they don't do food (Tuesdays) but he still supplied me with supper.
DtheP47 - 28 Mar 2007 17:16
Nice pub, shame about the clientele. Haunt of the local green welly brigade. De riguer range rovers parked out the front. One to avoid.
anonymous - 27 Mar 2006 11:41
The Red Lion is paradise for the real ale afficionado. There are five real ales always in utterly superb condition: well looked after by Tim, who is also jokes corner. The setting of the pub and garden are gorgeous on a summer's evening. The meals are good value. Hitler would never be near a pub like this - in hell probably.
nigelwootton - 3 Feb 2006 23:37
Great pub. Food is Lovely. Good selection of ales and beers.
crusade - 24 Oct 2005 15:14
The red Lion has been voted CAMRA Hertfordshire Pub of the Year 2005. Up to 6 real ales, cider, perry all top quality in a truly great pub. If you've never been, you've missed a treat.
grahamperry45 - 6 Jul 2005 13:43
It's 1940 and the Battle of Britain is being fought in the skies above the South East. Rationing is beginning to bite and that damson wine has obviously been ruined by a rogue batch of yeast. Thanks heavens for the Red Lion ! A pint, a friendly face and a warm welcome awaits you! And you can bet that Mr Hitler wishes he had a Red Lion down the end of his village green!
SCE - 1 May 2005 20:48
Fantastic village pub, owned by the community. Usually has about 6 real ales and a cider or two, all in great nick. Never eaten there, but I've heard its very good.
helenp - 1 Apr 2005 10:39

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