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The Red Lion Inn

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British, Pub, French, Contemporary, Gastropub
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75 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5LB, England
01227 832213
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12:00 pm - 10:30 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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
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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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great country pub food

The Red Lion pub is a friendly hub with a cosy club feel to it. The food is real good home cooking including the desserts. It's good value for money and the meal deals are particularly popular mid week. The charming owner, Rene makes you feel welcome and staff are polite and customer focused.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Dinner4162
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Red Lion pub is a friendly hub with a cosy club feel to it. The food is real good home cooking including the desserts. It's good value for money and the meal deals are particularly popular mid week. The charming owner, Rene makes you feel welcome and staff are polite and customer focused.

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Thank Dinner4162
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a birthday Sunday lunch with my daughter and her boyfriend. Both the roast and the Fish & Chips were lovely and well priced. the pub was clean and tidy and the staff were smart, friendly and polite. My daughter felt that her crumble might have been a bit 'overcooked' but mine was fine and overall the experience was great.... More 

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Thank FergRanson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a regular here for drinks but very don't often have food. However I have just had an absolutely amazing Sunday lunch with my daughter. The owner Rene and bar manager paldeep were as always wonderful hosts and Sandra the chef....wow I won't need to eat for the rest of the week. It's was amazing.

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Thank Carly J
Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rene Renault runs an excellent village pub. We find the £10.00 two course lunch menus from Monday to Saturday and Tuesday evenings excellent value for money - good choice which is changed regularly so as to encourage the oldies in the village to come along. A warm welcome and friendly staff awaits you!!

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Thank Hilary W
Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

All I can say is if you're looking for somewhere to have a little drink, relax and maybe a bite to eat, this place is without doubt the best! We received excellent service with a smile and exceptional food, we really couldn't have wished for more.

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1 Thank Rana D
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Stay away. Cold food shoddy service over priced Food is transported in same vehicle as his dirty dogs. Toilets terrible. Overall experience was horrid. Never go there. Already informed he and trading standards

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6 Thank Mark G
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Called in on the off chance on a Friday night. We were greeted with a smile (not so common these days) and Blues music in the background. There was a good selection on the menu, the service was prompt and efficient and the staff friendly. There is plenty of parking around the back and a warm fire and friendly atmosphere... More 

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Thank invicta054
Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We have just had such a warm welcome from Harry at the red lion in bridge, myself and the other half have not long moved to the village and the cherry on the cake is the red lion, dogs welcome as well a very nice beer garden with lots of room, this will be our new local.

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1 Thank Tim C
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

we are very pleased to read your review and very touched by it hope to see you in the very near future René and Harry More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

From the minute you walk through the door until leaving you are treated with the warmest hospitality and biggest smiles. Nothing is too much trouble for the bar staff, who are always friendly and helpful. I have eaten at the Red Lion on many occasions,and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious and good sized portions...and there is something... More 

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1 Thank callow j
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on your last visit we are both delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your experience hope to see you very soon Rene and Harry More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend this country pub for its ambience and its cuisine. Owned by a frenchman, the quality of the food is surprising and favourably priced too. Two course lunch for £10. Exquisite liver pate' for starters. Smoked haddock fishcakes with chips for maincourse. My sister had the sticky toffee pudding for sweet. All well prepared and highly tasty. Enjoy!

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1 Thank scottes
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

Thank-you for your latest review at the Red lion inn we are thrilled to know you have enjoyed your experience will look forward to see you in the very near future rene and harry 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: British, Pub, French, Contemporary, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?