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Welcome to our large pub restaurant & hotel/B&B located in the heart of the countryside, near Cambridge, Haverhill and Newmarket. We serve a varied menu of seasonal dishes using fresh ingredients from local suppliers from Wednesday to Sunday. With an amazing plated sunday roast on sunday's. Our large bar area is dog friendly and a comfortable area to relax after a long walk or busy day infront of the log burner. As well as real ales, selected wines and a full range of spirits, free Wifi is available to all our customers. You won’t miss the big match with Sky sports and BT sport in the bar area. And if you want to stay the night, we have 12 luxurious en-suite rooms set aside from the main building
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really disappointed in our visit yesterday. 9 of us pre booked for a special occasion and advised in advance one was gluten free. We arrived 1.45 and they had already sold out of the only GF main on the menu and whilst they said they...could cater for a GF roast, what this actually meant was they would just remove the half of the dinner (Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese and stuffing). There was only 3 X Chicken roasts left by the time we arrived however as we left we noticed them taking orders for this again. When queried they advised 'oh we found some more chicken'. For almost £20 a roast the portions were small and we left unsatisfied. The drinks orders were wrong and the children's food was too and needed to go back. I find it strange you do not have children's menu's? We looked at a dessert menu but with only a handful to choose from and 1 already sold out we did not bother. Was advised there were no Gluten Free desserts unless I wanted fruit or sorbet. Our concerns were raised whilst paying but nobody cared. We won't be returning.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Ian Holt, Owner at The Old Red Lion Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thankyou for your review I am very sorry you were disappointed with your visit. As you can appreciate all of our food is fresh so occasionally we do run out to items. On a Sunday we prep a certain amount of chicken as the sales...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow we booked Sunday lunch there were 4 of us and we had roast beef what a fantastic meal and service top quality all round thank you

Date of visit: May 2024
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Ian Holt, Owner at The Old Red Lion Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thankyou for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 6 April 2024

Had a perfect lunch today with my sister for my birthday. Wonderful food as always and very friendly staff. Would highly recommend it and thanks very much.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024 via mobile

Stayed here for a night with my husband, room was nice, maybe needed a little brighter lighting but nice. But the food is all I really remember!! Great food, refined presentation, nice portions and most importantly, incredibly tasty! I had a the steak which was...just awesome, and he had the pick and mix sausage and mash, the best sausages ever! Overall. A great quality meal with a lovely atmosphere, definitely going to be a customer again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Unfortunately prawn cocktail was lacking in sauce, Yorkshire puddings were to "well done", no-one bothered to ask if everything Ok, and waitress (with Black glasses and grey jumper) obviously having a bad day and customers getting the brunt of it. the bill was almost thrown...at us and rude to the point of telling us to get off our table because they wanted to use it for second sitting, we were not asked if we wanted coffees (because in a hurry to get rid of us), there are ways of asking and that was not it. Unfortunately not the best of atmospheresMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Ian Holt, Owner at The Old Red Lion Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2024

Thank you for your review I’m very sorry you were disappointed with your meal with us on Mother’s Day. As you can appreciate it is an exceptionally busy day and I’m disappointed you felt the staff were short and rude with you, I can only...More

Reviewed 18 February 2024

Six of us had an excellent Sunday lunch today. Food and service was excellent. We all agreed that the option to have a small or large portion was a great idea. Some of us had the smaller portion, still a generous serving but much better...than a huge plate of food that you end up leaving. Certainly 'a keeper' as far as we we're concerned. Thanks to all of you, we will return!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 February 2024 via mobile

Booked for Valentine’s Day evening.. Arrived for 7.30 pm and shown to our table . As we had pre ordered it was just a case of the drinks . We had ordered pate , the lamb and strawberry tart with ice cream. All very good..., presented well and tasted yummy. Have been here before for Sunday carvery and wasn’t disappointed. Staff on the night both excellent and having to work hard as quite a few tables . Would recommend and will return another day.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

Well done - we were a party of thirteen last evening - Grandad and Grannie with the next two generations. I cannot compliment you enough on the quality of the food, the pleasantness of the staff and the overall professional approach. A job extremely well...done even to putting a cone on a parking space for my poorly husband. Thank you all so much for a most successful evening, See you on 3rd January. Barbara & John ThompsonMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2023

Couldn’t fault the food or the service. Friendly staff. Loved every part of our meal, will definitely be back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 November 2023

Had dinner here tonight, had a hair in my dinner which has happened to me before only a few weeks ago at the same place. Thought I would give it a second chance. Did not have to pay for my meal or drinks. Did not...get any kind of apology!! Very dissatisfied customer!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023 via mobile

What a lovely cosy, comfortable supper venue, friendly welcoming staff. Rather, a comprehensive menu that catered for every dietary requirement that one could think of. Wine selection provided a selection of wines at sensible prices. After all, it's a top pub and not a gourmet...restaurant. What they do is well done and presented perfectly. A couple of downs that could do with the management addressing sooner rather than later, the ladies I'm informed let the side down, and a minor comment regarding the creme brulee not totally set. The former needs attention, and the latter hopefully the byproduct of a busy kitchen. We'll done Old Red LionMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023

AMAZING Sunday lunch. We met my parents here for lunch on a lovely sunny Sunday in October and we will definitely be going back. A great venue, with a large car park. When we arrived we were welcomed by very friendly staff, there was a...great selection of drinks at the bar, all very reasonably priced. We were shown to our table which was in a super 'pod' outside (but undercover!_) - we did see lots of lovely tables inside the restaurant which were full or reserved so recommend booking in advance. The menu covered lots of option - traditional roasts, fish, burger and a Vegan option; which I had and it was absolutely delicious. All very well priced and really generous portions - especially the roasts! The waiting staff were very attentive and checked on us and brought more drinks out. The food was all delicious and there were 4 clean plates! The garden area was busy as well - plenty of places to sit in the sun or in the shade, to eat or just have a drink. They do advocate keeping cash alive and you get a 4% discount off your bill if you pay in cash to help them with bank fees. They have got a fab looking Christmas 'party' festive season menu - 2 course for £30 and 3 courses for £35 or £36 (can't remember!) The menu for Monday - Saturday looked great as well, and my parents have been mid week so can recommend for whenever but certainly worth a visit!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Unfortunately I think they must have had a bad day on Sunday 17th September I went there in high anticipation on there Roast Lunch but it didn’t live up to it’s supposedly good reputation the Yorkshire puddings were way to big and Luke warm the...vegetables again Luke warm along with the gravy and the minuscule amount that was on the plate ! Plus it was expensive we went the following week to another pub in the area had a roast lunch that was Hot and nicely dished out would like to one day give it another go!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Ian Holt, Owner at The Old Red Lion Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2023

Hello, Thankyou for you review i am very sorry you were disappointed with your meal that day. If you had mentioned something at the time we would have been more than happy to replace your meals. I have spoken to the staff that worked that...More

Reviewed 14 July 2023

We used to go there a lot when Ian and Tracey were still there. But after our last visit, we won’t be going again. The place has really gone down hill. And it was empty so we can’t be alone in our opinion. The dining...room floor was filthy. Now that floor used to be spotless. The whole place seemed some how darker, making the atmosphere poor. The food was mediocre at best. We had a curry and the popedom was stale. The meat was chewy. And the whole meal was luke warm. We didn’t stay for desert, which we would normally do. Overall, I do not recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Ian Holt, Owner at The Old Red Lion Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2023

Thankyou for taking the time to write your review. I am very disappointed that you did not enjoy your meal unfortunately we have had agency staff working to cover holidays and illness of our kitchen staff. I can only apologise the food was not to...More

Reviewed 3 September 2022

Excellent food and service. One criticism is that disabled access requires a long walk to the ramp at the rear of the restaurant while the shorter route only has steps, why no ramp there please? Also no accessible toilet.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Ian H, Owner at The Old Red Lion Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2022

Thank you for posting a review for us. I am really sorry, we are unable to do anything about accessibility to the toilets as the building is so old. The ramp is to the rear of the building as this as the widest door access...More

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