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The Red Lion

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High Street, Handcross RH17 6BP, England
+44 1444 400292
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: An idyllic retreat set in beautiful country house-style surroundings, The...
An idyllic retreat set in beautiful country house-style surroundings, The Red Lion - Handcross serves a menu of gourmet European recipes. Trained in high-class cookery schools in Spain and Italy, the chefs bring a wealth of experience, and demonstrate knowledge of a breadth of classic and complex cooking techniques. Partnering with Rothschild wine merchants, guests can choose a bottle from the well-stocked cellar.
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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 11
    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
superb evening

On a wet saturday evening in February we were pleasantly surprised by how busy this pub was with a good buzz! Service was just right , we each had 3 courses and were all happy, the dessert tasting platter for 2 was the highlight. Thank you for a great evening.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
juliacuckfield
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cuckfield
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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213 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
cuckfield
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

On a wet saturday evening in February we were pleasantly surprised by how busy this pub was with a good buzz! Service was just right , we each had 3 courses and were all happy, the dessert tasting platter for 2 was the highlight. Thank you for a great evening.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went in the restaurant, it was fitted nicely. We had the chicken and mushroom soup, wow, it was so peppery, the bread was just a slice of french bread, no butter, very dry. We left some soup as too peppery and couldn't taste the actual mushroom or chicken. We didn't have a main course, didn't fancy squid or scallops.... More 

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Horley, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Slightly upmarket pub. 4 of us visited fort lunch. Fairly Busy. Service was good and the quality of food was good, but in our opinions this reflected in the small portions. We all had starters, main and desert but felt we could have visited Macdonalds on the way home.

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us here at The Red Lion, its fantastic to hear you had a wonderful time and i shall discuss with my Head Chef regarding your comments of portion size to see if we can improve this aspect in the future. We look forward to greeting you again soon Kind Regards Luke & The Red... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Whenever we feel like not cooking or just going somewhere where we know we are going to get good food, we come to the red lion. Recently I tried their parsnip and apple soup. Possibly the best soup I have ever tasted in my life. It's a great place to come with your partner, friends or family. I always eat... More 

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us here at The Red Lion, its fantastic to hear you had a wonderful time and I shall pass your comments on to the team. We look forward to greeting you again soon Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More 

Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I visited on Sunday 25th January with three friends arriving at 2.15pm. Large restaurant, tasteful decoration, varied and interesting menu BUT extremely poor service. We waited 20 minutes for our drinks and an interminable time for our two courses finally leaving 2 1/2 hours later! As it happened we had a great deal to talk about so the delay was... More 

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review us at The Red Lion, its great to hear you enjoyed the food whilst you was with us. We are always striving to achieve the best possible Guest Service and i apologize we did not live up to the high standards we aim for on this occasion. Kind Regards Luke More 

Brighton, England
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Warmly received on our arrival for lunch, even though we were early. The dining room is delightful with plenty of room and nicely decorated. A special mention for Mark, who looked after us very well from start to finish. Overall, we had a very pleasant, long leisurely lunch. My husband was daring and tried the black pudding potato cake starter... More 

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us here at The Red Lion, its fantastic to hear you had a wonderful time and i shall certainly inform Mark on what a great job he did whilst serving you. We look forward to greeting you again soon Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

unbelievable poor service, so rude! On arrival we were told in a very rude that they were understaffed and we would be better to go elsewhere as food could be 45 mins - general impression was that they could do without the extra work! They turned our party of 4 and two other parties away. I called later to talk... More 

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing us and i apologize for the way the member of staff handled the situation on your arriving to the pub. After speaking with you on the phone im happy to hear you are willing to revisit us and give us the chance to restore your faith back to The Red Lion. Kind Regards Luke & Kasia More 

Crawley, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great restaurant! Fabulous food and great options on drinks! Very pleasant atmosphere and very pleasant staff!

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your recent review, great to hear you had a fab night, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More 

Brighton
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Red Lion was chosen to celebrate a birthday, our daughter and her partner have eaten there on a number of occasions and have always been happy, I checked out the menu online and thought it promising if perhaps a little unduly overcomplicated with certain dishes. Scallops with chorisso and humus for example, Scallops are delicious all by themselves if... More 

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to Review us, Im happy to hear you had a wonderful time with us. Our Chef's take the time to create something special and a little different from the norm with our Special Dishes and what can seem like an unlikely combination can create something special and it’s great to hear that... More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I have just left the Red Lion in Handcross and had a lovely time. Considering it was January the atmosphere was still very nice and busy. The food was very good quality and appropriately priced. The waiting staff were attentive and polite. The selection of beers were also very good, I appreciate anywhere with Meantime on tap! I would highly... More 

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Luke H, General Manager at The Red Lion, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us here at The Red Lion, its fantastic to hear you had a wonderful time and I shall pass your comments on to the team. We look forward to greeting you again soon and i agree Meantime is a wonderful beer to have on tap. Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, Handcross RH17 6BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Handcross
  • Phone Number: +44 1444 400292

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Description

An idyllic retreat set in beautiful country house-style surroundings, The Red Lion - Handcross serves a menu of gourmet European recipes. Trained in high-class cookery schools in Spain and Italy, the chefs bring a wealth of experience, and demonstrate knowledge of a breadth of classic and complex cooking techniques. Partnering with Rothschild wine merchants, guests can choose a bottle from the well-stocked cellar.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?