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The Red Lion, Lenham - pub details

Address: The Square, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 2PG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3580) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Lenham (0.5 miles), Harrietsham (2.1 miles), Charing (4 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham (0.0 miles), White Horse, Sandway (1.0 miles), Harrow, Lenham (1.8 miles)

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Hard to review a pub after TWG has done so, he uses such pretty words and is generally correct from I’ve read. At the risk of repeating then; well kept beer in a good atmospheric old Kentish pub with friendly staff and folks at the bar who look as if they’ve appreciated the place for some time. The carpets are a bit staid and the décor old fashioned in a 70s way, but it gets away with it and, as below, a bit of Old Dairy or Rother Valley or Gadds even wouldn’t go amiss. I didn’t try the food, but will the next time, especially as lunch in the Dog & Bear a couple of doors down was an androgynous empty experience. This is the most proper pub of the two.
Billyfish - 18 Feb 2013 16:44
My first drop-in was made here yesterday, on the recommendation of a fellow qhaffer and deciding to leave the smarter but somehow more corporate-looking Dog & Bear nearby. A picturesque, seemingly timeless Kent village such as this needs a more traditional, community-focused pub at its disposal, and happily the Red Lion fits that bill. A warm welcome is found here, alongside sound service in general. A pleasant hubbub of conversation emanates from each of the four sides of what is effectively an island bar area, with more intimate seating areas and a function room away from it. This, coupled with the civil clientele and traditional Victorian country pub decor make for a happy hostelry (yes, it is "dated" but rather appropriately and deliberately so surely - and it is not in bad condition).

The usual array of non-cask beer and other beverages aside, the cask ale offerings were disappointingly generic (Harvey's Best, Sharp's Doom Bar, Tim Taylor's Landlord and Fuller's London Pride), which may suit less-adventurous beer drinkers but in a county now bestrewn with brilliant breweries the more-informed types will feel underwhelmed. Nevtheless, our Harvey's halves were all conditioned properly.

Food-wise, I've little to say as we didn't decide to eat here. I believe a reasonable mix of meals were chalked up on the board though which may be worth investigating.

Certainly a fine pub to visit in winter-time, for a cosy bit o' banter with friends. My only suggestion would be to perhaps supply some more local beers if the conditions of your tie allows any workable leeway for it.
TWG - 29 Dec 2012 15:38
Not a bad pub really, but decor is a little dated these days. Ale selection was okay, but food we had was good value, tasty, and reasonable priced. Not somewhere we'd rush back to, but if in the area would drop by again.
meland - 24 Apr 2012 12:38
I love this pub. Red hot Stone menu, service, surroundings etc etc all fantastic.
ellielas - 2 Sep 2011 10:09
Having recently moved into the village we have found a home from home in The Red Lion. We are always met with a warm welcome whether we pop in for a quick drink or a 3 course meal. Food is fantastic, portions are huge and the chef Ian is always more than happy to accommodate dietary requirements / fussy eaters! Would highly recommend the Hot Stones menu - great value for money, and quality of meat is exceptional (local produce). Recently, the staff at The Red Lion catered for my partners birthday, and we arrived to find the function room beautifully arranged and laid out, food was incredible and service was exceptional. Our party of 15 were very happy with and appreciative of all the effort the staff went to to make sure our celebration was a success; no task was too much effort. Cannot praise this place enough - keep up the good work!
Kkent58 - 1 Sep 2011 21:50

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