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63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
01929 423533
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great value good food

Swanage out of season can a challenge finding somewhere to dine . Many restaurants closed the ones open tend to be full. But we were very fortunate to find The Red Lion with a free table, on Friday which was steak night fantastic offer steak and a bottle of wine for under £25. Food cooked and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Frances B
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Battle, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Went in hoping for a roast dinner to share with my family and got a very lukewarm reception, was advised that we needed to book and looked up and down because we hadn't done so. Needless to say we voted with our feet and won't be going in there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Went for a meal after seeing the advert on a board outside. Did not expect much as the price was cheap with a bottle of wine. The meal was great. The steak tasted great and they didn't skimp on the portion size.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

had a double burger for £12 and it came with a pile of Wimpy chips!! Table next toe had nice thick chips with a steak!! Waste off money and never again!!

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RobC_Manager, Owner at The Red Lion, responded to this review

We are sorry you feel that way, our menu does state that burger comes with fires, and steak with Chips. We are always happy to accommodate changes if customers request when ordering. More 

Woking
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Visited 2.30 pm on Saturday 25/4/2015 - after walking past a few pubs we were drawn in by the sign outside saying freshly caught fish - we ordered 4 haddock and chips & some drinks - the place was pretty empty which raised our concerns slightly & then the meal turned up - looked quite a nice piece of battered... More 

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Lovely cosy pub. The vegetarian options were very good and the ratatouille pasta bake was excellent. Friendly, helpful staff will definitely be making a return visit on our next stay in Swanage.

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Battle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

Swanage out of season can a challenge finding somewhere to dine . Many restaurants closed the ones open tend to be full. But we were very fortunate to find The Red Lion with a free table, on Friday which was steak night fantastic offer steak and a bottle of wine for under £25. Food cooked and presented well good atmosphere.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Having read that this place served the best food in Swanage, we were looking forward to our visit which was also my partners birthday. Unfortunately I was not able to eat half my rump steak as it was a mass of fatty sinue ! Whereas I understand that the quality of the meat cannot be guaranteed every time, we were... More 

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We pitched up, ten of us with two kids in tow. Staff were lovely. Moved tables around so we could sit together. Usual bar food menu, well cooked and plentiful. Friendly and hit the spot for a pub lunch.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Another good place in Swanage for a few beers, they have lots of space outside to sit with your drinks. The staff are polite and quick to serve. They have a pool table so a good place to have a few games whilst enjoying your drinks.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We ate here twice after doing long walks in January. We looked at some of the other local pubs but this one seemed to offer a nicer welcome, a wide selection of beers and ciders and the food was fine. It is pub grub but for that is is excellent, don't expect fine dining. Have the steak and kidney pudding.

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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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