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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom

The Red Lion and the eggs of perfection

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 Mar 2024
Thought we’d nip over to Doncaster, because, why not? We live in Lincolnshire, so a day out is never a bad thing. The Red lion beckoned us like a Wetherspoons beckons a hungry traveler. We were peckish, certainly. It was 8:am after all. But travelers? We’d been on the road for all of 40 minutes, so possibly.
The Lion is a hotel and so the bar is ready and waiting at 8. It’s been open for an hour at that time in the morning. The kitchen was buzzing, food was cooking, plates were already hot as furnaces. A very good job really, because including myself and my wife, there were two people in there.
Two.
Two traditional breakfasts were ordered quickly, and coffees were poured while we waited for the banquet to arrive. Duly, it did just that. And it was very acceptable indeed. It was prepared nicely, all of it. The eggs were just on the right side of cooked, runny yolks and cooked whites. Perfect.
Eggs are always a bone of contention in a Wetherspoons. There is no set formula for cooking eggs, seemingly. No rhyme nor reason behind what appears on your plate. From the fried eggs that are so burnt they have razor sharp black edges and yolk like a child’s rubber ball, right through to the snotty poached eggs that look like they’ve just been removed from a used handkerchief.
But that offering was right on the money. And the bacon, hash browns and sausage were similarly delicious.
Nice food, cooked just as it should be.
Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Really good stay and got a good night sleep it was very quiet on the second floor. Room was big with a nice comfy mattress. Tea and coffee plus biscuits and water for guests . Room was clean and bathroom was spotless. Fantastic location right in the centre of Doncaster. Pub is good too does the usual spoons fare with cheap beer

Room tip: Great location
Date of stay: March 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Last minute booking has we was travelling to Yorkshire
Didn’t expect much being a Wetherspoons but was shocked.
Room was Very clean
Fantastic shower
For a budget hotel I can only mark it down for bedding.
Quilt did not fit quilt cover correctly and could do with better pillows but overall very good.

Room tip: Plenty of Parking near hotel.
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank mhorton1970
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Reviewed 21 February 2024

I have stayed here several times now and I never been disappointed. Room was spacious and clean and the bed comfortable. I did have a problem with the card key when going back to my room. The batteries had packed in, on the door pad. The two engineers did a great job on sorting the issue out. Tea and coffee were decent ones. Free bottles of water too.

Room tip: Booking in is at 2pm. Can be busy at times as it is next to the bar.
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank GrahamSpurs59
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Reviewed 12 December 2023

Meet here quite often. Around 10 of us. Some eat some don't. Although I know there's a product issue from time to time, maybe a bad batch of steak in this case. Sent back by a friend the same old food came out with a fresh steak. It wasn't great. That wasn't the main issue, the " manager" named kasia I believe, was very rude and dismissive. When told her attitude was wrong told a member of the party to shut up. Very unnecessary it's nice to be nice!

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Toni Louise P
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

On arrival I was early to check in with my 10 year old daughter amd didn't realise the time, as I was talking to a member of staff the manager walked past and abruptly told me its 2 o'clock check in. I understand I was 30 mins early but being polite costs nothing, even one of the bar staff pulled a face at how rude he was.
The room was OK the bedding had black marks all over the fitted sheet and the window wouldn't shut

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Lucy J
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