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The Red Lion, Sturminster Marshall - pub details

Address: Church Street, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4BU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12177) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:
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> Current user rating: 6.2/10 (rated by 13 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Churchill Arms, Sturminster Marshall (0.5 miles), Black Horse, Sturminster Marshall (0.7 miles), Anchor at Shapwick, Shapwick (1.3 miles), Coventry Arms, Corfe Mullen (1.8 miles)

user reviews of the Red Lion, Sturminster Marshall

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Pub served Badgers ales and had First on tap. A very good pint too.
The food looked good and so had a spicy chicken sandwich on homemade bread which was great. Skinny fries did come in a small basket, but with the sandwich it was certainly enough for a lunch. A three course menu for £12.50 was on offer which was very tempting, but alas only there for lunch. Staff were friendly and the pub garden was neat. All in all, a great place and a good stop.
d.franks - 10 Sep 2015 17:18
Popped in for lunch today. Beers the usual H and W offering.
Pleasant village pub with attentive staff. Quite a tempting looking menu slightly different from the average HW.

Pretty disappointed with my prawn baguette and fries for nearly £6. Mean handful of fries in a silly little fryer basket thing and half a salad baguette with a prawn garnish. Soup salty and Ok ish. Quite disappointing really. Could be so much better if not so grudging with the food.

Every time anyone got up or came in there was a growling of dogs and calling of their owners.

Pub is quite difficult enough to find from Wimborne so I would have thought they would do everything possible to make your visit memorable in a good way. As it is, it is not worth the effort to find.
keystone - 11 Dec 2013 15:56
We have visited the red Lion 3 times over the summer of 2011.
On all of these occasions we have found the staff to be friendly and welcoming.
We have had lovely meals each time we visited with the service being efficient and courteous. If the waiting staff were unable to answer our questions about the menu they were only too happy to find out the answer, a point which has been tested on each occasion as my husband has a gluten allergy and needs to check the contents of dishes. The menu also includes dishes especially adapted for people with coeliac disease, which is a refreshing change from other establishments where the chef cannot say what ingredients he has used, which speaks volumes!
The menu, including ever changing specials is varied and uses fresh ingredients, cooked well.
The ambiance is warm and inviting, the pubgoers a mixture of locals and visitors. Definately a return visit required in the near future

sbc12 - 8 Oct 2011 12:59
Having flown my plane into nearby Bournemouth me and my chums visited Sturminster Marshall for a spot of Lunch. We were greeted by a drunk hobit-like creature calling himself the landlord. We wanted to sit by the fire as it was a cold day but were told to move as this seat was for his "precious" friends. The food was average and the service was ok but what was really upsetting was that the landlord was so drunk he actually spat in my dogs face - couldnt belive it! i also thought i had forgotten my wallet but it turned out the landlord had it the whole time!! - crazy!!!! he kept muttering something about 2 1/2 friends and by then we decided to leave.
stuartpink - 9 Nov 2010 10:00
4 of us went to this pub on a Sunday evening, it was empty when we arrived.
The owner is a horrible little man, that was drunk. This was the second time I have been there and he has been sat at the bar permanently drinking, he staggered over with our desserts, not knowing what they were. The other staff who are teenagers are very sweet and helpful. When we came to pay the bill we were charged 1.50 for the tinyest dribble of custard, this was taken off the bill by waitor, we were not complaining but just mentioned it when asked how the meal was. On our way out the drunk owner shouted across the pub to my husband that knew nothing about this that we have to pay for extras, he was staggering around & made everyone uncomfortable. I have never been to a pub that charges for custard with a dessert. I wont return to this, he has lost 4 customers not to mention every one we tell about his drunk antics.
Amesly - 8 Nov 2010 09:29

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