I live near to The Red Lion and while I can't comment about the hotel aspect, over the years I have had various meals here, with a mixture of results in terms of the standard of the food (in the early days under the pub's management of Janice it was great, but in recent years it has been questionable). In terms of decor, following its refurbishment c. 7 years ago the pub is now beginning to look tired and unkempt in places, so I believe it's time for a lick of paint in places, and the ladies' toilets certainly need to be looked at in terms of the locks, toilet seats etc.
With a parent who was in the catering trade for over 40 years I have always been told that you can typically judge a kitchen by the cleanliness/standard of the toilets. If I was to do this at The Red Lion my expectations with the food wouldn't be great, and in the past under some of the less enthusiastic managers of this pub, I have always shyed away, but I'm pleased to say that a meal that I had during a recent visit exceeded expectations - the food was hot, well cooked and plentiful, and service was good. And the plate and cutlery provided was clean (in the past I have had to wipe dirt off both!).
The Red Lion appears to have turned a corner and I hope it is back on track to serving great pub grub again.
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