So, some background. Four very passionate locals have taken on this pub with a view to making it the local pub they would love to be in. None of them have any previous experience but all of them have a huge desire to make it work. There is a temporary chef in there at the moment and they are looking for a new, permanent chef and manager in the New Year. This should help to explain why the menu is a bit limited at the moment and certain processes or standards aren't quite in place (as pointed out by a couple of other reviewers). However, these are all temporary issues and, actually, minor ones at that. We were a party of 11 celebrating a birthday on 15th December. We had fantastic service, despite the pub being packed to the rafters, and the atmosphere was great. The food isn't gastropub standard but Cholsey doesn't need a gastropub. Cholsey needs a friendly, welcoming pub serving good, standard pub food that is great value for money and that is what you'll find here at the Red Lion. We love our new local.
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