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The Red Lion Inn

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub
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75 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5LB, England
+44 1227 832213
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know the Red Lion well but it was the first time for both Carol and Diana. We had a lovely meal, excellently cooked and well presented. Both Carol and Diana were impressed with everything and will take husbands/father there shortly. Only reason I did not give 5 stars was that a glass of sparkling water cost £3.80 Two courses... More 

Thank Heather H
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

Dear Heather, thank-you for taking the time to write a review on your last visit. we have realized that you were overcharge for the glass of water. when you are back n the village pop in to see me and we refund you the difference kind regards rene renault More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4 of us from Bridge had a meal and joined the festivities on New Year's Eve at the Red Lion. We hadn't eaten there for a few months. What a great evening had by all. The food was superb, the highlight of which was the fillet steak - the finest I have had outside of a top international steak restaurant.... More 

Thank Kdog0110
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

we are delighted to read that you had a great time with us on New-Year's Eve thank-you for taking the time to write a review kind regards rene renault More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We'd like to thank Rene and Harry for providing us with one if the best Christmas' we've had! There was so much wonderful food with a great choice of vegetables and the atmosphere was brilliant!! Fabulous food and a fabulous day!! 😁

1 Thank Tara P
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

Dear Tara, thank-you for your feed back and we are delighted that you had a wonderful time with us kind regards rene renaut More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been eating at the Red Lion ever since we moved into Bridge. There's always a wide menu choice and food is good and plentiful and service is excellent. René and Harry are welcome, genial hosts and for all their efforts, deserve to succeed.

Thank Barquerole J
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only option for Sunday lunch that didn't have gluten was roast with no option of gravy or any simple sauce. Not what I'd expect from a decent restaurant, shame the chef hadn't learnt how to made a simple sauce from meat stock. Asked if they had a steak sauce - no sorry they all have wheat in. Vegetables, hard with... More 

Thank Graham-SN3
renerenault, Owner at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review

Dear Graham, we would like to thank-you for your feed back,and as i explained to you on your last visit we will be looking into introducing a gluten free version on our Sunday menu. our chef is now able to offer you with one so next time you are in the area do not hesitate to come back and we... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

I would not be writing this review if the proprietor had bothered to address my concerns. Firstly the starter was weird, goats cheese with cranberry sauce laid on top of the strangest medley of couscous, leaves and a really strong sauce - mayo or whatever. Main course served with the most disgusting sweet gravy used for the overcooked beef and... More 

Thank Vivienne A
London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Just had the most lovely Sunday lunch in the pub. Such a good piece of beef with some lovely seasonal veg. The dessert was absolutely yummy as well and the atmosphere and staff were fantastic. Will be back of course!

Thank Kiran D
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

A good place for a hungry person to enjoy a satisfying lunch after a long walk! We had the £10 two course lunch, and neither of us could get through it! My garlic mushrooms were superb, and the Cumberland style locally sourced sausage with mash was a very generous plateful! Can recommend. Very franglais with the friendly French owner.

Thank KrisS100
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Been several times, usually as a couple but sometimes with others for dinner. Pretty standard menu but there are 'special' evenings. Pub has a good following and the licensee knows his regulars. Have been on other evenings when he is not there and the service doesn't seem the same. Large beer garden and a kids play area, both well maintained.... More 

Thank 138Paul138
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Great menu and big screen sports all wrapped up in an intimate cosy atmosphere for family, quiet dinner or to catch some football with friends on SKY.

Thank John M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75 High Street, Bridge, Canterbury CT4 5LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury  >  Bridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 832213
Located in the village of Bridge, just outside Canterbury, The Red Lion is a traditional British pub with a splash of French restaurant flair. Eye-catching from the outside, The Red Lion boasts a uniquely old fashioned exterior brought up-to-date with a lick of light coloured paint, while inside is comfortable and cosy, a traditional space with olde worlde charm in its rough beams and pillars ��� the ideal village pub. But while the d��cor might be traditional, The Red Lion���s menu is less so. With the influence of host Rene Renault (from Rennes no less), the kitchen has added French sophistication to locally sourced ingredients - including eggs from the owners��� own hens ��� in modern creative dishes.

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