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The Red Lion

High Street, Handcross RH17 6BP , England
+44 1444 400292
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Ranked #2 of 6 restaurants in Handcross
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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  • English first
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English first
Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The food was disappointing. For starters we had chicken and vegetable soup which was thin and watery and lamb kofta which was tasty but the salad accompanying it was somewhat meagre. Main course of haddock fish cakes was pleasant but they were very small and they had nothing with them except a garnish of salad, expensive at £9.25. The prawn... More

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Horsham Uk
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Our children attend the local prep school close to Handcross and about two or three items a year we meet up at the red lion due to its convenient location. I have to say if it was for the convenience of the location I would never go back! Last night despite booking a table waited almost an hour and then... More

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Ardrossan, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We visited this gastro pub with a group of friends.We had seen the reviews and were not disappointed. good food , lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. We were celebrating two birthdays and had signed up prior to going along to be 'friends' of the Red lion.We had two free bottles of bubbly as it was my husband and his twin... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your review, I'm very happy to hear that your recent visit was an enjoyable one and that my team looked after you for your special occasion. If you'd like to rebook a table please don't hesitate to contact us. Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More

Handcross, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

What excellent food in a such a beautiful environment. Tiago, Vickie and Mark provided an attentive and professional service, which made our Sunday lunch with our relatives a memorable experience. thank you for such a lovely day. Neil and Christina McQueen-18 May 2014

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us and I'm happy to hear you had a great experience I look forward to greeting you again soon. Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

A great gastro-pub with great food, a good atmosphere and excellent service from our attentive waiter, Tiago. We will be back for sure.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us and I'm happy to hear you had a great experience I look forward to greeting you again soon. Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More

Horsham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This gastro-pub never disappoints. Great food yet again, good atmosphere and all the staff, including Tiago and Vicky were attentive and quick to respond. Being a old building, the restaurant is undergoing some significant restoration work but you wouldn't know when you are inside, they have used the space creatively and tastefully to keep its traditional ambiance.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for reviewing us and I'm happy to hear you had a great experience I look forward to greeting you again soon. I shall pass on these kind words to the entire team. Kind Regards Luke & The Red Lion Team More

Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Visited here on a Saturday night as had some good comments and also heard its under new management so we wanted to give it a try. From the moment we walked through the doors we were meet with open arms by the new manager who made us feel so welcome into his restaurant, all of the staff were so attentive... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time in reviewing us here at the Red Lion, it's a pleasure to hear you had a great experience with us and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Luke and The Red Lion Team More

London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I visited this restaurant a few weeks ago and had a light bite which was nice. Went again last night for dinner and was very disappointed. I had the chorizo linguini and my wife had the smoked mackerel starter, her plate was almost non existent with very little meat on the fillets. My linguini was swimming in oil, literally! Put... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review us at The Red Lion, I'm sorry to hear that the food wasn't up to the high expectations I set for all our guests to enjoy. If you would care to contact me on enquiry@redlionhandcross.co.uk I'd be more than happy to discuss this matter further. Kind Regards Luke H More

Gatwick UK
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My wife suggested we went to the Red Lion for Sunday lunch as she had been told it was a nice pub to eat at. The Red Loin is easy to find in Handcross with ample parking. The bar / dinning room is very oldy worldy with a host of exposed timbers, the place is very clean and tidy. There... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review us at The Red Lion, I'm sorry to hear that the food wasn't up to the high expectations I set for all our guests to enjoy. I'm happy to hear that your comments on the day were dealt with but If you would care to contact me on enquiry@redlionhandcross.co.uk I'd... More

brighton
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We went to this pub on a whim, we are not from the area. When we opened the door what a nice surprise. Its lovely inside what I would describe as upscale modern/country. There was a small wedding group celebrating their special day and a Christening group celebrating theirs. The lay out was excellent as you didn't feel you were... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words and positive feedback about your experience, I shall pass these kind words along to all my staff members. I look forward to treating you again soon Kind Regards Luke and The Red Lion Team More

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