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The Red Lion Inn

75 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5LB, England
01227 832213
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Ranked #2 of 4 restaurants in Bridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, Gastropub
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in the village of Bridge, just outside Canterbury, The Red Lion is a traditional British pub with a splash of French restaurant flair. Eye-catching from the outside, The Red Lion boasts a uniquely old fashioned exterior brought up-to-date with a lick of light coloured paint, while inside is comfortable and cosy, a traditional space with olde worlde charm in its rough beams and pillars ��� the ideal village pub. But while the d��cor might be traditional, The Red Lion���s menu is less so. With the influence of host Rene Renault (from Rennes no less), the kitchen has added French sophistication to locally sourced ingredients - including eggs from the owners��� own hens ��� in modern creative dishes.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in the village of Bridge, just outside Canterbury, The Red Lion is a traditional British pub with a splash of French restaurant flair. Eye-catching from the outside, The Red Lion boasts a uniquely old fashioned exterior brought up-to-date with a lick of light coloured paint, while inside is comfortable and cosy, a traditional space with olde worlde charm in its rough beams and pillars ��� the ideal village pub. But while the d��cor might be traditional, The Red Lion���s menu is less so. With the influence of host Rene Renault (from Rennes no less), the kitchen has added French sophistication to locally sourced ingredients - including eggs from the owners��� own hens ��� in modern creative dishes.
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We used to visit the Red Lion frequently but haven't been for over 3 years due to moving away. We got a very friendly welcome, the pub was buzzing and the menu was varied. The mussels were excellent and the set menu was good value. Would have liked a main course salad option. We will return when we are next... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We came her for dinner one Saturday night before Christmas. Rene and Harry and extremely welcoming. The waiting staff were helpful. The food and choice on offer great. The pub looks clean and is very nicely decorated and has a great atmosphere. Definitely my favourite pub in this area. Fantastic for kids too. Rene seems to have managed to create... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Visited the restaurant as we are staying at the oust house bed and breakfast in bridge the food was excellent and the ambience great the grilled fig starter was divine I had the steak and Linda had the seabass the service was great and it waswell worth a second visit

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Chatham
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Bev & I had a Christmas meal here recently and the food was quite poor the Gravadlax was not of good quality, the Turkey main had overcooked hard roast potatoes which were probably left in a heated dish for hours and the Veg was hard. Christmas pudding was individual mini puds that you buy in Asda for £1 obviously microwaved... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Nice and homely with a bit if a twist the food is tasty but fancy for a pub and slightly overpriced despite having a taste card!!! Fine for a Tuesday night but nothing special!!!

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Very disappointed with our meal on this occasion. The duck was so tough it was very difficult to get a knife through it. The pudding, a syrup sponge, was very heavy and under heated obviously in the microwave. There was just a trace of custard. We both felt very disappointed and will not be going back again.

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S East England
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

A really great place to visit. There is a good choice of food, really scrummy more traditional pub/bar food as well as a good a la carte. What elevates it though is the really warm and welcoming staff and the overall ambiance which combines village pub with restaurant with effortless ease . We felt we would have been welcomed for... More

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columbus
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

The owners are always very friendly and the pub well kept. I was there recently for a birthday party in the garden - they have done a lot of work on it and it looked great. The finger food was very good and the evening enjoyable!

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Kent
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Wonderful food as ever and served in lovely surroundings. Staff always friendly here and this visit was no exception. Also like the way the menu varies on each visit.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Didn't expect to be disappointed by the Red Lion yesterday but maybe this was due to short staffing in the kitchen? Lovely cosy clean pub and good ambience, prompt attention but..........paying £18.95 for a very small piece of Turbot and 4 mussels is really taking the mickey. Accompanied by green beans and decoration but this was verging on trades description!... More

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