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The Red Lion

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2 Fakenham Road, Drayton, Norwich, England
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Organised Chaos

We have heard many good things about the Red Lion frequently so did decided to give it a try for Sunday Lunch. It has recently been refurbished so am unable to comment on what it was like prior to this. The car-park was very full, so we hoped that would be a good sign, and the bar is very... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Gus H
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105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Having tried several carvery's in Norwich this is by far the best. Me and my family have been coming here for many years and every time the food is great, the carvery is absolutely delicious, with normally 3 meats to choose from and a good selection of veg you cant go wrong. Food from the menu is also delicious, I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Rose1989xx Thank you for providing us with your review. I can confirm that I have passed on your kind comments to the management team and to the Area Manager of the Red Lion who would like to thank you for your positive feedback. We hope to see you soon at the Red Lion. Kind regards, Guest Services More 

Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have heard many good things about the Red Lion frequently so did decided to give it a try for Sunday Lunch. It has recently been refurbished so am unable to comment on what it was like prior to this. The car-park was very full, so we hoped that would be a good sign, and the bar is very well... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Gus H Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Red Lion with regards to the service you received. I can confirm that I have passed on your concerns to the management team who would like to investigate your feedback. We have... More 

Norwich
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I live in Drayton and visit the Red Lion frequently for eating, and have done so over many years. Up until the refurbishment I can say that the food was always of excellent quality, although pub food largely. I have eaten there a couple of times recently and have to say that things have gone downhill very seriously. Poor choice,... More 

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear PCKNorwich Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Red Lion with regards to the service you received. I can confirm that I have passed on your concerns to the management team who would like to investigate your feedback. We have sent... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were regular visitors at the Red Lion, using the diamond card until the refurbishment. The staff were always friendly and very efficient . The food was always very good, tasty and always very hot which is a rarity for a carvery. After reading the reviews, which were not good, we decided to visit in February. We thought the problems... More 

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Christine U Thank you for providing us with your review. I can confirm that I have passed on your kind comments to the management team and to the Area Manager of the Red Lion who would like to thank you for your positive feedback. We hope to see you soon at the Red Lion. Kind regards, Guest Services More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I live in Drayton and have had the most excellent carvery many times. The food and staff have always been superb. So I decided to book the Valentine special menu on Feb 14th for my girlfriend and myself. We arrived at 7.25 for our 7.30 booking, and were shown to a nice table position. We waited 15 min's before I... More 

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear knmoves Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Red Lion with regards to the service you received. I can confirm that I have passed on your concerns to the management team who would like to investigate your feedback. We have sent... More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Nothing is too much trouble, arrived at busiest time of the day (week!) on Sunday with 7 week old in pram but the owner tried really hard to find us a table with plenty of room. Had lovely food and drink, very relaxed atmosphere and we could even see the footy on the telly! We have also been here midweek... More 

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Vicky N Thank you for providing us with your review. I can confirm that I have passed on your kind comments to the management team and to the Area Manager of the Red Lion who would like to thank you for your positive feedback. We hope to see you soon at the Red Lion. Kind regards, Guest Services More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This was the first time we have visited since the refurbishment and the food was excellent, we all had carvery and everything was perfect!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Gemma T I would like to thank you for taking the time to contact us. We truly appreciate your kind words. I can assure you that your comments have been passed to the Pub Team and the Business Development Manager for the pub who also thank you for your comments. We do hope you enjoy your next experience with... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This pub talks about being a community pub but in reality the staff (but not all of them) think they are more important than the customers. Very few of them have any life experience outside the pub. For a "family" establishment, the attitude is more "you are here to please me" rather than we are there for a good time.... More 

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear ghd962 Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review regarding your recent experience at Red Lion. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Red Lion in regards to the service you received. I can assure you that I have passed on your comments to the Management Team who would... More 

Norfolk, England
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Red Lion, another great pub in Drayton, they do good and drink and they also have friendly staff. They have a great outside beer garden too, for drinking in the summer.

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Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear SarahnRichard Thank you for providing us with your review. I can confirm that I have passed on your kind comments to the management team and to the Area Manager of the Red Lion who would like to thank you for your positive feedback. We hope to see you soon at the Red Lion. Kind regards, Guest Services More 

Norwich
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

After a busy day and running out of time on the way home from being out we decided to have dinner here. To be honest both myself and my partner have been coming here for years for our carvery. We've not been here though since the refit and was curious to see what changes had been made. The decor inside... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Spirit P, Guest Relations Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear TiaBlackie Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Red Lion with regards to the service you received. I can confirm that I have passed on your concerns to the management team who would like to investigate your feedback. We have sent... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Fakenham Road, Drayton, Norwich, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English
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 - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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