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The Red Lion Brinkley

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American, Bar, British, Gastropub
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High Street | Brinkley, Newmarket, Brinkley CB8 0RA, England
Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an excellent meal at the Red Lion today with very attentive service and great food. The menu has something for everyone, including a brunch snack for smaller appetites. Will definitely be returning!

Thank tessaneyle
Newmarket, Suffolk
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This pub is as local as we can get from our village and since it changed hands we've been back three times. Each time we're looking for a fuss free evening meal together to save me cooking or driving into Cambridge which we most often do on a Friday night. The menu is great, not too busy but with enough... More 

Thank agoodwin00
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit the Red Lion regularly now as I am able to eat the best version of gluten free eggs benedict for brunch on Sunday (late) morning. Sunday roast also has gluten free Yorkshire puddings and I also had an amazing gluten free chocolate brownie which was freshly baked. Mid week I have enjoyed beautifully cooked fish with vegetables.

Thank Yvonne B
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

What a difference great hosts make. We were made most welcome by the husband and wife team, nothing was too much. Ale was great and clearly pride was taken in how it was looked after. Thoroughly recommend this pub for eating and drinking.

Thank Patrick C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Good food, nice location, friendly staff, had chicken pie very nice and tender, wife had steak & ale pie (was cut in half !!!! ) not a singular portion, big pie cut in half... Strange !!! Apart from that not to much choice for starter, main & desert (only three choices) would go again regardless for smell of open fire... More 

1 Thank dennis v
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We met friends to visit open gardens in Brinkley and fancied a light lunch at the pub. Really interesting choices on the menu, beautifully cooked and presented and reasonably priced. We were surprised not to need to book on a Bank holiday weekend.

2 Thank Simon S
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Sunday early evening family dinner - this surely must be the best kept secret in Cambridgeshire - no more... 😉 Excellent food (set menu - need to call 24h in advance) shared on a big table with other families. Great atmosphere and also excellent value! Restaurant closed for any other customers - so kids can run wild ! Best thing... More 

2 Thank ErikDeCley
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

The Red Lion have just started (Jan 2016) to do Sunday brunch...10.30-12, well worth a trip! Varied menu...eggs benedict was lovely and the breakfast potatoes really tasty. Highly recommended! Friendly service and lovely location.

4 Thank Jill H
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We popped in for lunch a couple of days before Christmas. The pub was pretty empty which was a shame as it was a bit lonely sitting there on our own but that's not the fault of the pub. There was a lovely fire burning and we were warmly welcomed. I had the bacon, lettuce, advocado and tomato roll which... More 

1 Thank Nicky4116
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Pub has changed hands again, & unfortunately was disappointing. The food was poor; over cooked, hard lamb burger in a cheap, dry, supermarket bap for me and tiny (& I mean tiny) piece of cod with a few greasy chips for my friend. Service both in bar and restaurant was dire, despite it being quiet. I won't be rushing back... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $32
American, Bar, British, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | Brinkley, Newmarket, Brinkley CB8 0RA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Brinkley
  • Phone Number: 441638508707
Locally owned village pub (free house) open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 100% made from scratch food in our bar and restaurant. Very large outside garden for the summer, roaring fires inside for the winter.

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