the red lion was always characterful (beautiful old northants ironstone thatched building, old flagstone & wood floors) but has obviously been given an internal makeover in the past few years and is now a semi smart country restaurant, subtle lighting. its definitely not a pub (although a drink outside in the summer would be nice), but it is a good dining place.
very attentive, efficient but unstuffy staff (took the time to talk to one of the juniors on our table about the dishes and then went the extra mile to bring out the food book in which the hotel appears) despite it being a busy saturday evening.
food quality was very good, some interesting choices (a gorgeous slow cooked beef, very tasty chicken and a delightful pearl barley risotto) all perfectly cooked and very smartly presented.
i'd take issue with people calling it expensive: starters were circa £7, mains ranged from £13-£16 and wonderful puds at about £7. not quite sure what people expect for this level of dining, and the menu on the website is entirley representative. drinks not cheap, but not unreasonable and fair selection although beers looked limited.
would most certainly go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion is nestled in the peaceful, idyllic village of East Haddon, surrounded by picturesque Northamptonshire countryside, just a few miles from Northampton. We are handily placed with ready access and egress from the major Motorway routes M1, M6, A14 & A1 being all within easy reach. Our warm and cosy pub boasts an intimate lounge area, large dining room & manicured gardens making it a great place either as a hideaway from the cold winter’s weather or somewhere to quietly luxuriate in the warm glow of a Summer's day. ... more less
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- The Red Lion Hotel East Haddon, Northamptonshire