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“A fantastic country retreat. Only 4 miles from the centre of Canterbury”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Red Lion

The Red Lion
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Stodmarsh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Situated a few miles from Canterbury City centre in the small village of Stodmarsh is The Red Lion. Stodmarsh is one of the very few villages in Britain with a working farm nestled among the 28 houses which are in the village and the internationally famous nature reserve is just round the corner. Our country eating and drinking house offers a traditional and seasonal menu, a good selection of wines and real ales straight from the barrel. We have open fires in the winter and floral gardens in the summer.
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A fantastic country retreat. Only 4 miles from the centre of Canterbury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

This place was a real find. We went in between Christmas and New Year and it was packed so we decided it was well worth a trip back. We went back last Sunday for lunch and we were not disappointed! The pub is amazing, the open fires were so homely the wine selection was small but good and my partner loved the real ale straight from the barrell. The Sunday menu is different from the menu during the week. I had a sneak peek at the main menu and starters included duck hash cake with fried egg and hp sauce, crab toasties, beetroot carpaccio with goats curd and nut salad. Main courses were pork belly with crackling and crab apple jelly, deep fried rabbit with fries and aoili, steak and ale suet pudding. The vegetables served with our meals were really nice and freshly cooked. We did not have a pudding as were too stuffed! The loos had obviously recently just been done up and were nice and fresh but the girls was a little chilly!!

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“Awfull place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

It is not worth the effort visiting this dump, familys with children are not made welcome, food is pretentious the owner seems to spend a lot of his time drinking rather than looking after the customers.
Very expensive Very unwelcoming avoid there are better places than this in the area

  • Visited May 2011
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Friendly, warm and lovely food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

I ate here with my walking partner before walking round the nature reserve. The staff were very welcoming, the pub has a lovely open fire and the ham eggs and chips were tasty and plentiful. I recommend it.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“So much character and dog friendly too!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

Went in for lunch last weekend. Had 5 dogs with us and they welcomed us in which was brilliant. I always judge a pub on whether it likes dogs or not. If they do you know the food is going to be great and the people will be friendly.

Well I wasn't proved wrong the food was excellent and we had such a good time we've planned to come back very soon.

  • Visited October 2011
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“Great pub with character and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

Had an excellent Sunday Lunch with pigeon breast and wild musroom tart and a friitto misto that included scallops accompanied by a slightl disaponting tartare suace but still above average for a pub. Whilst the food is a little hit or miss , it is the character of the pub that always manages to charm with its shabby chic & character (but give it a miss if you have a problem with cobwebs and not fizzy beer). Even when the landlord is "resting" his team manage to make everyone feel welcome, even the dog!
2 courses for 2 with a couple of glasses of Pinot Grigio and a pint of Adnams £53.

  • Visited July 2011
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