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The Red Lion Inn

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French, Contemporary, Gastropub
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75 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5LB, England
01227 832213
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located in the village of Bridge, just outside Canterbury, The Red Lion is...
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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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely Pub - Great food.

We came here for lunch as a mid point on our walk. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. It was a lovely pub to stop off at during a rainy walk and got a table near the log burner to dry off. The garden looked lovely so will certainly be returning when the weather warms up!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Jonathan B
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We came here for lunch as a mid point on our walk. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. It was a lovely pub to stop off at during a rainy walk and got a table near the log burner to dry off. The garden looked lovely so will certainly be returning when the weather warms up!

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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I had lunch at The Red Lion, Bridge today and sampled the new chef's menu. I had scallops with pancetta and a pea purée, followed by pan fried red mullet on a bed of spinach with a lemon grass velouté, then salted cod on a bed of crushed new potatoes and for desert panacotta with fresh raspberries. I am delighted... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We eat out regularly and try all sorts of pubs/restaurants throughout this part of Kent. We booked on the strength of the Dinner Set Menu displayed on their Web Site but on arrival we were unexpectedly presented with a completely different menu. When we queried why we were told this was their "New" menu from that day that they hadn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've been there many times last year, but the food was disappointing. I decided to try it again and never been happier! I had the pigeon breast as a starter, well presented and tasty and the venison is to die for!!! My wife had the fillet steak, perfectly cooked! I hope it stays like this because we would love to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Just eaten at the Red Lion. Excellent food from Stephan the chef and excellent, friendly staff. Well be back.

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canterbury kent
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Went to pub had a lovely meal had drinks which i think was a rip off shall not go back again the service in restauart was fair good but another couple i spoke to were not happy waited an hour bfor there starter

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Slough, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

visiting friends in Bishopbourne the taxi driver suggested this place as a good restaurant so decided to have dinner there the food to my surprise was superb as was the service I had the mushroom starter and the sea bass both were excellent and my friends were just as surprise how good it was the host Harry even gave us... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We didn't eat here so can't comment on the food. However, we sat in the garden with our 2 children who were excited to see a play area. They went rushing off to play. Only then did we notice about 5 bigs piles of dog poo (from a large dog) around the garden. Of course both our children stood in... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a pub that was on the up but now seems to have seen a little decline in food quality. Great hosts and service but the food sadly doesn't come up to scratch any more. We have tried a few times now and been slightly disappointed on each occasion in recent visits. Great location and nice seating options both... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Having eaten here for lunch with my mum and found the food very nice and service good, I thought I would book the restaraunt for my sons 16th birhday. What a disappointment. We all had the sunday roast along with a starter. The onion soup was greasy, the garlic and cream mushrooms were tiny button mushrooms chopped up and swimming... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 75 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury  >  Bridge
  • Phone Number: 01227 832213

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Gastropub

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?