The Red Lion At Stodmarsh

The Red Lion At Stodmarsh

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 23:00
Tue
17:00 - 23:00
Wed
12:00 - 23:00
Thu
12:00 - 23:00
Fri
12:00 - 23:00
Sat
12:00 - 23:00
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
£5.00 – £18.00
CUISINES
British
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Does this restaurant have live music
About
The Red Lion reopened in April under the new management of Sarah. Sarah and her team have worked tirelessly (with the help of the local community) to get this beautiful traditional country pub back into its former state of glory. Delivering home-cooked food, courtesy of chefs Fay Cudworth and Wayne Stemp, and a flurry of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available, the pub has flourished since reopening, and we're so excited to welcome you back! We pride ourselves in being a family orientated, dog friendly pub with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly attitude. We're also offering cake & coffee, lunches and have some special events coming up, so please keep checking back for more information or follow us on Instagram or Facebook.
PRICE RANGE
£5.00 – £18.00
CUISINES
British
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles438 reviews
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Very good
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25
Poor
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Mark Newman
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
To start, as you enter the pub you are greeted by an ambience of calm jazz music, friendly staff and candle- lit oak tables as far as the eye can see. Once you have been greeted by each of the fantastic staff members, you are taken to a comfortable and suitable table for your group in which you are served drinks to straight away. The food then arrives and is in perfect harmony with the rest of the experience; exhilarating, fulfilling and leaves you wanting it again. This specific pub serves up a concoction of home- made spirits, freshly sourced meat cooked to perfection and a warm, cosy atmosphere. In addition to this, there are options for everyone including vegan and vegetarian alternatives and prices for everyone. Not to mention the beautiful cat Monty, who I used to own, to whom has a personality to match this exceptional pub; calm and friendly! In all aspects, this is a phenomenal place to eat/ drink/ socialise or whatever you fancy and ticks all the boxes. I will certainly be a regular here! Don’t take my word for it, visit yourself and be invigorated! Mark
Written 16 February 2020
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Eddy the Deal Eagle
Deal329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 couples
I would give this place a 5 in all respects other than the portion size and the price you pay. Whilst the service is exactly what you expect friendly attentive and fun and the ambience ticks all the box’s for a really clean and characterful county inn the cost versus the portion size is some what out of quilter which is a real shame and leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth. A fresh warm bread roll on the small size but with some lovely nutmeg butter. £3.50. Yes £3.50 for a bread roll. This is not normal. 1 may be 2 potatoes roasted/fried and cut into 6 small bites. £7 May be a quarter of a leak buttered with garlic £6 and the list goes on. Now I’m not saying it wasn’t delicious because it was. The soup was incredible. But I will not return out of principle because the pricing structure is out of quilter with the real world. It’s not Michelin. It’s not 5 star. It’s really nice with amazing staff and lovely owner. But really a tad if not far to much on the ££££ side. After all the menu we were told was made up of what they could get hold off with suppliers being so hit and miss. So maybe the cauliflower for the soup was picked from a local field. But £7.50 for the soup and £8 for a very very small slither if monk fish. No no no. I’m sorry. Thank you we did enjoy it BUT you must get the 🏆for the most expensive flour and yeast in Kent.
Written 30 December 2021
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N Hevey
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Brilliant 2 night stay from beginning to end. The staff are warm and friendly and you feel like you're stepping into somebody's living room (in a very good way!). Owner even gave us a lift into Fordwich for dinner at the Fordwich Arms on the 2nd night! Cosy fire and the food, including breakfast was absolutely fantastic. Expected it to be good given reviews but not that good! The location was beautiful and really feels like you're getting away from it all. All in all a real authenticity to the place and feels like a bit of a hidden gem!
Written 6 February 2020
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Asmin S
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 family
The pub has kept the longevity of its charm: aided by the roaring fire on such a stormy day. Our starters were average; served on an enormous plate, and confined to the corner. Presentation seemed quite odd and, if served on a smaller plate, it would have been better. We were sitting by the fire, as were those just drinking. It was far too noisy to engage in conversation: dining and drinking spaces would be better kept apart. The pub cat offered a tonic to the noise, who walked around freely, much to everybody’s delight. The Venison ‘corndog’, to start, was such a simple and unimaginative dish: it’s taste was equally disappointing. Our main courses were better, though the meat was tough, and there was too much food on the plate. The waitress joked that the portions were huge: but this is a turn off to a lot of people. There was a family sitting next to us, and the roast dinners were larger than the children. The amount of food caused my friend to be ill, so unless the menu is changed, and the portions downsized, we won’t be rushing back.
Written 9 February 2020
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Vinniejk2010
London192 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
It saddens me to write this! What has happened! My boyfriend and I visit the Red Lion regularly and were so pleased when it was open again. Unfortunately our visit was not good. Prices have been hiked up and the portions are absolutely tiny. They have a limited menu of cured meats and cheese. We all sounded lovely however…. We were charged £9 for 8 tiny bits of smoked beef. I understand that it is handmade smoked, etc but the slices were the size of a 50p! I wouldn’t even say the meat was amazing either. I know the kitchen is small at the Red Lion so they cannot have a full menu, but surely they can rustle up a sandwich or make the portions larger. Unfortunately if they do not change something fast they will lose their loyal customers.
Written 14 July 2020
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Canter12
Canterbury34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
Shocking, truly shocking. The welcome, beer, surroundings were amazing all seemed so well. HOWEVER, the portion of food to the price ratio was utterly outrageous, I still can't believe they have the gall to charge so much for so little. We had a flat bread each, ok they said we recommend two but at ten quid each we thought we would have enough to keep us going. How wrong we were. A 'sandwich' was served which was about 3/4 of the size of half a normal sandwich (literally 4 bites). Miserably served on a near empty dinner plate there was not even a side salad. If it was the best four bites money could buy, maybe but actually it was distinctly average. I get sometimes to survive you've got to be quirky but people need to not feel ripped off. Go for a drink, go for the location, go for the welcome. Unless you have more money than sense don't eat- you can get such better value and food elsewhere. Such a pity.
Written 6 September 2020
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Wander488078
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
We have been using the Red Lion for 25+ years. It has always been a good country pub in a perfect setting, however, our recent visit with my family left me disappointed.. It has now become a pretentious Gastro Pub! We had been on a long walk through the nature reserve and were looking forward to our first pint and a packet of crisps since lockdown. As there were no crisps for the children we asked for the menu, I could not believe the prices a SMALL bowl of chips was £4.50 Large? £7.50. We had no idea what we would be getting for our money but for those prices I assumed it would be something special!! So I ordered 2 large bowls of chips to be shared not knowing what I would be getting! They were not something special at all. The only thing special was the extortionate prices!! Very disappointed at the direction this lovely pub is taking! It's a wonderful Pub in a lovely setting but an Overpriced Pretentious Restaurant!!!
Written 12 July 2020
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I. M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 family
This is the first time I have felt compelled to write a review of a restaurant. My wife and I love food and have visited nearly all decent restaurants/pubs around Canterbury, Whitstable and the surrounding villages. I booked a table for my wife and I, child and baby for Saturday lunch. The restaurant was empty, but food arrived after nearly an hour with no explanation/apologies. The onion soup was poor at best with no flavour, as was each of our mains- the pork with an inedible sharp sauce and my sons breaded fish felt like it had been frozen. The chips were so oily, old and over cooked we had to leave them. My wife’s fish was bland with again a very poor white sauce. £90 for one very poor starter, 2 poor mains, one kiddies meal with no desert or alcohol was Michelin prices with value ready meal results. I was very disappointed as had heard word the food was good, but will not be returning sadly.
Written 19 January 2020
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Neil M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
We visited the Red Lion today and left bitterly disappointed. The menu comprises 2 courses for £33 and we opted for mains and pudding. The mains were small, under seasoned, with very limited vegetables coming with the Sunday roasts. Yorkshire puddings were very small and soggy. Roast potato's were okay but obviously reheated. The quantity of meat, especially the roast beef portion, was barely adequate. Service was very slow and when we asked for updates on progress we were fobbed off with mention of the kitchen being very small and under staffed. The gravy came pre-applied on the plate and was, whilst probably not of the packet variety, not much better than that to be honest. The menu mentioned that the beef came with pulverised horseradish. When this didn't appear and was asked for, we were told that horseradish is out of season and instead were given some powder in a little manakin which was apparently powdered horseradish. It certainly didn't taste anything like horseradish and seemed more like some old garlic powder that had been found at the back of a cupboard. Deserts took absolutely ages to arrive, and when they did come, were absolutely miniscule. My wife chose a tart which, when it came, was about the size of a 2 pound coin, and that's not an exaggeration. It wasn't especially nice either. At no point during the meal were we asked if things were okay. I was absolutely furious by the time the puddings arrived and they did offer to take the plates back and not charge us for the second course, but we'd waiting such a long time, and my 5 year old daughter was so looking forward to her pudding, that we felt obliged to plough on. Cost for 2 adults mains, 1 child main (vegetables only) and 2 puddings the size of cannepes, 2 beers and a glass of house wine, was more than £100. Absolutely bonkers in my opinion. We chose to visit off the back of reviews in my Alistair Sawday's book and will certainly be passing a review on to the author so hopefully this venue is taken from the next edition. I've never seen the need to write a review on an eating establishment before, but feel so aggrieved I felt it necessary to do so after today's experience. Trying to end on a positive note, the pub is quirky and atmospheric, the surroundings and village are nice, and we asked for a high chair for our baby which was provided on arrival.
Written 20 March 2022
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Marcus B
Wingham17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 friends
Just returned from having lunch here, very disappointed. Expensive and very stingy portions, everything else had to be ordered on top, we assumed the pork with marshmallow (didn't reallywork) would come with something, but it didn't so quickly ordered extra chips and only vegetable available was seared carrots. I wish I'd had the sea breem, at least my friend got a whole fish to eat. I filled up on chips, and though we only had a few drinks, no wine, out lunch was £35.00 a head. I will never return unless they get a little more balanced and fair with the menu.
Written 13 June 2021
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Pegwell Traveller
Kent168 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 family
Booked a couple of weeks in advance to have Sunday lunch here with visiting family. Have eaten roast dinner here before and it's always been great. However, an hour before we were due to go to the pub they sent out an email stating that they do not offer a Sunday Lunch!!! Didn't even have the decency, or the balls, to gives us a phone call. Clearly they have had complaints from previous customers who expected to be able to order a Sunday lunch, like they have offered previously and they somehow thought that an email just an hour before our booking was an appropriate method of avoiding any problems when we arrived. Luckily enough for us we had not left home so we were able to alter our plans, cancel the booking and had one of the best Sunday lunches we have ever eaten at a different location (see other reviews), but the Red Lion let themselves down with their thoroughly unprofessional approach and we will not be returning.
Written 15 June 2022
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Henry
Canterbury12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 friends
We went with friends for Sunday lunch a few weeks ago . On booking we were told there were two sittings for lunch . One at 12 pm And at 1.45 pm . We arrived promptly at 12 to be told once again by a charmless manageress / owner that they needed the table at 1.45 pm . Drinks had to be ordered at the bar , which took time as they the pub was busy . ( we only want to order a bottle of wine with our meal . ) We then had to order our food which took more time but once again told we had to vacate before 1.45 pm !! I cannot fault the roast dinner . It was served “home style “ with food placed in the middle of the table for helping ourselves . We bolted down our food as the clock was ticking for us to vacate . My friends ordered dessert and we were told yet again twice more by the two cowered looking young waitresses that we had to vacate the table by 1.45 pm At 1.30 pm the manageress came to out table and told us we could finish our desserts outside … We left and I got into my car at 1.40 pm feeling un relaxed and frazzled - not the lovely relaxed lunch we would have hoped for . It was lovely to see The Red Lion open again but with this really charmless experience, I won’t be hurrying back .
Written 3 August 2023
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Red Lion Stodmarsh
II am saddened to read your review, it is not quite how events panned out on the day in question, just 2 weeks ago. As our Sunday lunches are so popular we were trying to undertake 2 sitting, your visit was on the first day we tried this and we have subsequently learned from the day of your visit, and have decided to not hold 2 sittings as some customers refuse to adhere to the timescales, which then ruins the experience for those customers coming on the second sitting. So i can only apologise that you had a bad experience, that is never our intention. i am also sorry that you found me to be 'charmless' and my young girls 'cowered', we shall try to be more aware of this in future and change our customer service offerings. Please do note, my girls are in their first jobs since leaving school, they are new to serving customers and are building their skills. Your words will demoralise them as they do me, but we shall take comfort in knowing that for the majority of our customers we do actually get it right. We thank you for sharing that the food was good, this was nice to see in such a poor review. Please do give us another try, i would like to think you would actually enjoy the experience. Take care Sarah and The Red Lion Team
Written 5 August 2023
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Martin A
Faversham20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This was our first visit under the current management. We found the menu to be very limited, specialised and over priced. We could see no evidence of vegans being catered for and it was a struggle to make up a vegetarian option from the dishes, though in fairness we were told the kitchen would accommodate any request. Yes the ambience is nice and the staff friendly, nevertheless the food was a long time coming. We will not be making a return visit
Written 29 February 2020
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Joseph H
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
We came for Easter Sunday lunch as a family and can not express how good the experience was. The food was exquisite, a well thought out menu with lots of locally-sourced produce. Very accommodating of dietary requirements and well presented. The staff were all so friendly and attentive, making our lunch feel a very personal occasion. The pub itself is beautiful, nicely located in the countryside
Written 18 April 2022
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John Atkins
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
Actually we sat at a table on the grass under a tree but I hope you get the idea. It was an absolutely perfect afternoon with just a light breeze to take the edge off the heat,not a cloud in the sky Stodmarsh is more or less at the end of the road so not much traffic and a rolling wheat field behind us. We had a delicious and very imaginative lunch, the squid balls and the lamb were particularly memorable,not to forget the gypsy profiteroles. We were looked after with great attention with the odd unexpected,and complimentary libation appearing towards the end of the afternoon which ended at about 6pm! Well worth a visit with a journey through the best of the Kent countryside to get there
Written 11 July 2022
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