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The Red Lion

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63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
01929 423533
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We popped in on a Friday night as its steak night 2 steaks And a bottle of wine for £25 Make sure you book because they turn lots of disappointed people away as its always full The portions are very big with onion rings tomatoes mushrooms chips and salad garnish But we share a huge cheese board... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
John W
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We popped in on a Friday night as its steak night 2 steaks And a bottle of wine for £25 Make sure you book because they turn lots of disappointed people away as its always full The portions are very big with onion rings tomatoes mushrooms chips and salad garnish But we share a huge cheese board and noticed others... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What a charming place, with wonderful beers, ciders and wines. The Ploughmans lunch is a must. Lots of great cheeses, ham, or other options. The sandwiches also were great. They made us all welcome, including children and dogs.

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hampshire. england
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Had lunch here on a day trip, it was recommended by a local. A very friendly pub with good service and lovely food. We had 3 generations with us and we all found a mouth-watering choice to suit. They were happy to adapt the menu.

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Swanage, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Very cheery welcome as we came in, we were shown to our table, given menus and an order for drinks was taken , the menu is very good lots of choices with a specials board , certainly well worth the visit, but would suggest booking as they do get very busy

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Second time we've eaten about 5 years ago. Excellent food good English pub. All locals use always think good sign

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I don't understand why anyone would love this pub, food and drink just OK, The beer garden was extremely hot no shade anywhere.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We ate here a couple of times and found the service to be friendly and efficient and the food to be of good quality. There is a garden area if the weather is nice or if you are (still?) a smoker. Huge range of cider,some that sound as though they could be used as rocket fuel! One of the better... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Went on recommendation but disappointed. It was cramped and service was mixed. Food was reasonable but nothing special. It had a good atmosphere. Probably won't go again but it was just about acceptable.

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Brilliant little pub with a superb Roast Beef sunday dinner. Good real ale, dog friendly apart from one designated dining area, nice outdoor area and friendly staff.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Popped in here for a couple of pints and supper on Monday night, excellent liver and bacon with decent mash, well priced, friendly service, good ale. Nuff said.

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Address: 63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
Phone Number: 01929 423533
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
Cuisine: Pub

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  • Address: 63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: 01929 423533

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  • Cuisine: Pub

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