The Old Red lion 's claim to fame is the size of its meals. I can advise the large meals are no substitute for poor quality and lousy service. A group of six of us went there recently for an evening meal. (they dont take bookings, incidentally, so if you are travelling any distance, you take the chance that you might not get a table.) We asked that drinks be put on the bill with the food but they have a convoluted system where they run a drinks tab whereby you give them a credit card for 60 Pounds and if it is not all used up, you will have the balance credited back to your card in ten days! God save us! We were then sat next to a loudspeaker which pounded out rock music all the time we were there. We asked for it to be turned down twice but to no avail. We could not carry out any conversation at all. Had we been able to, we might have stayed longer and used up the 60 pounds on the tab! Then came the food, very large portions but only barely edible. My wife wanted a cold tomato Juice but they had no ice. We were glad to leave. We complained about the whole episode but were advised that they had continuous complaints but that they could do nothing about it because distant management directed that that was how they run the place. We used to go there regularly, but it has been "improved" by management to the point where it is rubbish!
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