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“A must try for food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Red Lion

The Red Lion
99 Wish Hill, Willingdon BN20 9HQ, England
01323 502 062
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Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Willingdon
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
Eastbourne
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“A must try for food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Having moved to the area I have driven past the Red Lion often and decided to pop in one evening with my partner. On entering the main bar you are met with a warm welcome, both in terms of the decor and the bar staff. On ordering our drinks we sat down at our table and began to read the menu.
It was refreshing to see some modern and fresh alternatives to the usual pub menu. Sirloin or rump served by the oz which is freshly cut in the kitchen. A mixed seafood risotto, and pork belly to name but a few options.
We opted for the whitebait and pate as our starters. Both came swiftly and tasted delicious. Each came with a small salad which was fresh and tasty, and most of all well seasoned!

Following this I opted for the chicken and chorizo risotto which I thoroughly enjoyed, albeit if I was to criticise I would suggest the portion size was a little generous. My parter went for the burger which looked and tasted equally as good. The chips were by far the best I have eaten for a long time.

This place is somewhere I deffinately plan to return to. They serve takeaway fish and chips which is a nice touch, and while the prices aren't cheapt, it is on par with a decent pub serving quality food, and certainly won't break the bank.

Go on give it a try.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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“Great village Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great food,excellent and friendly service,comfortable surroundings. Massively improved since recent new management took over.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“fantastic village pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Nicki and gavin have done wonders here....It is simply transformed...revamped,wood burner,best ever food (seriously good) warm friendly welcome from staff and clientel,quite simply a fantastic village pub...love it...in fact I`m going for a pint right now :-)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eastbourne
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Simply Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We live close to the Red Lion and visit frequently and it just gets better and better. Since Gavin & Nicki took over last year they have really raised the bar. We visited at the weekend for my husband’s birthday and had a fantastic meal of pork fillet wrapped in bacon with potato croquettes and seasonal vegetables. The portions are ample and served with a smile. I would recommend the place to anyone. Well done guys, keep up the good work.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

They do a midweek roast plus starter and pudding for £9.50, 2 courses for £7.50 (Mon, Tues and Weds)!!! The roast is either beef, pork or lamb with vege nut roast too. My partner had the beef,very generous portion, perfectly cooked, fantastic roast potatoes and home made yorkshire pudding. Nut roast was amazing, home made perfection! Apple crumble out of this world - cooked with a little ginger surprise.

Incredible value, great service, friendly chatty staff, SUPERB!!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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