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The Red Lion

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63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
+44 1929 423533
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Derby, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great local pub, fantastic choice of ciders, we had a meal as well as some drinks, great portions and excellent value 👍👍

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Thank Chris D
Swindon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here for a late drink. There are so many pubs around that are all very much Chain pubs etc,. but not at the Red Lion. Friendly staff, good atmosphere and reasonably priced.

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Thank Dak999
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere with great service even on a busy Friday night. Excellent food!

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Thank Derek F
Grantham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to The Red Lion many times and usually enjoy sitting outside at the back in the sun. However, in March, this wasn't possible! It was very quiet during our mid-week, lunchtime visit and was a pleasant place to relax. Our meals were ok but nothing remarkable - in fact, the fish pie didn't score very highly on taste,... More 

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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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563 reviews
403 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the better pubs in Swanage and the food is typical pub grub. Prices are reasonable. There are two bars and a dinning area. Usually five well kept beers and about fifty ciders.

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Thank Alan M
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a pub, rough around the edges, but that is part of it charm. There is nearly always 5 real ales to choose from... but also countless ciders, probably in excess of 50. The garden is nice in the summer. It's the most lively venue of the blues festival.

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Thank Charlie H
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on Saturday evening. Wary of huge helpings which pubs often serve we went straight to a main each - beef madras and steak and kidney pudding with vegetables (my choice). The steak and kidney was very good. The meat was very lean and the gravy tasty if a little glutinous. The suet crust pastry was tasty. The... More 

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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

We had a great evening out at their Wednesday curry night. A choice of three curries (in addition to the normal menu). We all had a different type of curry, meat, chicken and vegetable and we were all very pleased with the different flavours and the quality was excellent - the meal also included a drink! Will definitely return!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Visited often in past decades but this was the first in 14 years. Loved it. Fine range of beers especially ciders. Had a meal for 3. Top quality, reasonably priced. Staff excellent. Needs a luck of paint but so what?

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017

Been here many times as part of the Swanage Blues Festival. Called in Saturday 28th January for a meal and a couple of Ciders whilst working locally. Just got to say the Red Lion never fails in our opinion. Great Grub as always and an outstanding choice of Ciders. Lovely Staff - Our thanks to Jim, Amy and Becky on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 High Street, Swanage BH19 2LY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 423533

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?