The Red Lion hotel is a very charming quite grande deceptively spacious large olde worlde place.
A charming 14th century coaching Inn the hotel boasts wonderful genuine tudor period features,loads of real oak beams lots of portraits and books and houses a perfect 4 poster bedroom- great for honeymooners/couples. It is an ideal atmospheric fine old tudor building; quite suitable for the businessman though it charges for wifi and leisure seeker alike. I suspect aswell as being a delightsome watering hole for the locals to sample the discerning guest in mind would not do too badly to come here. I am sure it does well as a birthday christmas or summer house party venue other events aswell.
The Red Lion does have ghost tours.( Enquire on the website or by phone.) It houses a spacious quiet,relaxing ambient of a traditional good restaurant where the huge original old red brick fireplace greets you as you enter ,(not lit as it was far from cold when we arrived) the muted lighting is warm and welcoming.
Charming polite orderly staff are friendly, but discreet, and at the momment offers a very british menu which isn't extensive by any means, but does offer the boozers amongst us the usual extensive wine list. - As for the simple straight forward menu we enjoyed a salmon starter with seeded rolls, (we were starving and as food is cooked to order from fresh,we asked for more bread rolls to tide us over- all served more at no extra cost ) Main course was a very succulent roast belly pork beautifully presented with delicately seasoned spring cabbage, and other vegetables, followed by a scrumptious cream brulee, or trio of icecream.
My only gripe was that they had run out of chocolate brownies ...arrgh! and at the last minute upon a warm welcome at arrival, were told our room had been swapped! On account of problems with the bathroom, and though that threw us a bit, we didn't mind at all when we went to investigate our bedroom and found everything was in order and surpassed our expectations. Both in size cleanliness and character. One whole wall was taken up with two double windows with good views of the town street below was charming fragrant clean and well polished with a mahognay spotless desk dresser,comfy chair with roomy sitting space a stool wardrobe and nice en suite, traditional pretty curtains, with matching headboard (looked new) of a high quality and cleanliness.
If like us you book a room and like your cooked breakfast and dinner as extra- you get 3 courses for £15 dinner, with a full English and Continental if you want it and the full cabosh including gorgeous tasty Kippers,cooked english,plenmty of fruits cereals hot and cold milk; I had hot poridge with honey, all the coffee and tea you want, and I do feel breakfast was very well presented and prepared and of great value in the added on price. I think £7.00 with the rate we paid gave us a discount.
All in total £120 in all including bed and dinner well worth it for that, as food is fresh tasty and delicious.
The Red Lion used to be a Coaching Inn and is huge. It still has a cellar which needless to say we didn't venture anywhere near incase the ghosts came out to play! Being Colchester and on the high street there is some night noise/revellers which these days you have to expect but we slept quite well due to the gorgeopusly well sprung comfortable bed. You can always ask for a back room off the front of the high street if you are a light sleper.
Oh what a difference a night in an unpretentious yet relaxed quiet charming bolthole/ watering hole makes. If you are looking for friendly yet unobstrusive staff,a good central location minutes from the osborne car park £4.50 per 24 hours which you get a token in exchange from the one you recoeve at car park from the hotel, and seconds from all the shops,local amentiies Priory shopping precninct, odeon cinema, holywell museum,parks and of course Colchester castle & Musuem etc and there are so many other activities and other amenities on your doorstep; helpful accomodating "can do" professionalism; a well presented freshly cooked to order good british food; a fantastic breakfast, and clean comfy bedrooms at a reasonable-ish price,- then this is where it's at!
Our only regret is one night being no where near long enough to explore the whole building and read the history book abou tthe place as one would have liked.
Take no notice of the reviews about the plumbing. Our bath and shower was both plentiful and hot. (Maybe we were lucky for a change?!) Whatever, I cannot fault it.
If 14th century history does it for you then do stay! There are many fascinating infamous stories about its long and interesting past,including the fact that it can boast of being the very place where Oliver Cromwell once held parliament,and what with its numerous ghosts to learn about, you will not be dissappointed on the remarkable history to be discovered. - If romance is your thing, then you have come to the right place. So book a night at the Red Lion as soon as you can. If you are worrying about ancient plumbing and want piping hot plentiful water then mention it before you book and ask for a refurbished bed/bathroom if you can.
As soon as I mentioned the plu mbing mentioned on ehre numerous times we rwere switched to room no 6 on the first floor. Rather than thre twin room zip and link double bed of room 24. It is deceptively spacious inside. The oak beams are numerous and well maintained as are the beds all furniture, mirrors and chandeliers. I saw nothing of wear and tear in our room. Double windowsed aspect and the squeaky floors and uneven walls and flagstones just adds to itys appeal and charm. The best thing of all was the breakfast really plentiful and huge for the price. The cosy comfy firm matress, spotless clean bed linien,good quality tables and furnishings and several historical portraits and pictures attached to thre fascinating and creepy history of the Inn's past all adds to its charm and features speak volumes of a well run, very orderly and polite yet relaxing ambience.
My husband and I genuinely enjoyed a night here, and we were bowled over by the quality of the place the atmosphere and the charming attentive staff who work hard to make your stay a comfortable one..
I have no hesitation in recommending this establishment and we hope to return very soon.
- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Colchester
- Colchester Red Lion
- Brook Red Lion Hotel Colchester, Essex
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion Hotel was built in 1465 and is in the centre of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. The historical building has original Tudor features, including wooden beams.The Red Lion Hotel is one of the oldest inns in the area. The hotel is a short walk from the shops and Colchester Town Rail Station is 500 metres away. Hotel Rooms: 24 ... more less
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